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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Seaford Head 13/9/16

A very warm morning with a moderate E/NE breeze from first light that kicked off a superb movement of firstly Swallows, and then House Martins moved east throughout, at times House Martins were counted at 100/min. Very little else about however with just the usual bits about, though an interesting calling Reed Warbler provided some interest, and despite my best efforts, it wouldn't turn into a Marsh Warbler.

Totals are:

Willow Warbler - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 50
Chiffchaff - 24
Meadow Pipit - 31
Wheatear - 3
Tree Pipit - 2
Whitethroat - 23
Grey Wagtail - 2
Whinchat - 8
Reed Warbler - 5
Blackcap - 50
Sedge Warbler - 1
Hobby - 1 E successfully caught a Swallow
Spotted Flycatcher - 3
Redstart - 1 male
Swallow - ca. 750 E
House Martin - ca. 2000 E

 Spotted Flycatcher by Harry's Bush
Whinchat between Hope Gap and Coastguards
 when zoomed up, the primary projection is very long with thin pale edges to the primaries that appear evenly spaced apart, but just about visible is the tertial tip falling within the same length of the secondary bar.
 the yellow feet were very encouraging, though the flanks do have a warm wash to them, and the obvious eye-ring is very obvious here.
distinct pale edges to the tertials look promising here, but the bill is far too long and pointed then what I would've liked on a Marsh.
(Reed Warbler in Hope Gap)

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