Zino's Petrel off Madeira - June 2018

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Seaford Head 17/8/16

Much breezier then what I was expecting this morning and there was little change from yesterday in terms of migrants. Four Red-legged Partridge were on the approach road to the barn, and upon arrival a small number of Willow Warblers were moving inland. Finally the first Whinchat of the autumn arrived and by late morning a small easterly flurry of Swallows, Sand Martins and a couple of Swifts were seen. As Portland were reporting small groups of Balearics passing I made an hours visit to Splash Point, first checking out Hawk's Brow where there were some Clouded Yellows, including one of the helice form. A 45 minute seawatch didn't produce the hoped for Balearic, though conditions out to sea looked very promising, and no doubt more time would have a produced one.

Totals are:

Red-legged Partridge - 4
Whitethroat - 35
Wheatear - 6
Willow Warbler - 30
Grey Plover - 1 E
Garden Warbler - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 6 E
Blackcap - 4
Reed Warbler - 4
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Whinchat - 1
Redstart - 1
Corn Bunting - 1
Swift - 3 E
Swallow - 20 E
Sand Martin - 3 E

Splash Point  10.45-11.30 Wind E3:

Sandwich Tern - 3 E
Gannet - 1 E
Common Scoter - 2 drks o/s

 Willow Warbler in Hope Gap
 Reed Warbler at coastguard cottages
 Garden Warbler in Hope Gap
 Swift over South Hill Barn
 Wheatear at Hawks Brow
helice Clouded Yellow at Hawks Brow

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