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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Seaford Head 16/8/16

Another lovely morning and in the car park a few different migrant species were present so I had high hopes, but it wasn't a mega morning though again a good mix of species were seen, and with the odd Melodious and Greenish turning up there is always a chance of finding a goody. An obvious arrival of Whitethroats was apparent today. A good mix of Butterflies today including Clouded Yellows and Silver Spotted Skippers around the Hope Gap area. The first Redstart for a few days was found in the quarry when leaving the car park, spotted by glancing back through the rear window and noticing a small movement. The Cuckmere was filled with people so I gave it a miss.

Totals are:

Wheatear - 4
Tree Pipit - 4 E
Reed Warbler - 2
Willow Warbler - 13
Whitethroat - 40
Yellow Wagtail - 1 E
Snipe - 2 E
Lesser Whitethroat - 6
Garden Warbler - 4
Blackcap - 7
Nightingale - 2
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Redstart - 1

Clouded Yellow - 3
Silver Spotted Skipper - 1
Brown Argus - 1
Small Tortoiseshell - 5 (a fresh emergence/arrival noted)

Last night I visited Hindleap, Ashdown Forest on the way back from work and luckily found a Nightjar, me thinking that they may have already moved on.

Nightingale in Hope Gap - nice to get a shot that isn't a Willow Warbler. This bird was just sitting out when originally spotted, making a change from the long staying individual at the top of the Gap that has only been seen once in maybe two weeks.

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