Emperor Bird-of-Paradise - Huon Peninsular, Papua New Guinea (July 2019)

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Seaford Head 27/8/17

A very enjoyable morning today with plenty of variety on offer. Straight away it was obvious there were more birds around then yesterday with a few inbound Willow Warblers and Blackcaps making themselves known. With it being so murky out to sea I wasn't expecting any raptor movement, and despite no large raptors the highlight of the morning came in the form of a Sparrowhawk spotted way up flying directly out to sea with plenty of purpose until lost to view. Other then that the standard migrants seen with nothing unusual in the mix.

This afternoon I was halfway up to the hills above Saltdean etc. when I received a text stating a Wryneck had been found in Hope Gap. Annoyingly I decided to try for it and dipped, and wishing I had carried on cycling.

Totals are:

Willow Warbler - 36
Tree Pipit - 4
Wheatear - 4
Yellow Wagtail - 95
Blackcap - 45
Whitethroat - 19
Sedge Warbler - 2
Redstart - 3
Reed Warbler - 5
Nightingale - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Lesser Whitethroat - 5
Whinchat - 3
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Hobby - 1
Sparrowhawk - 5 incl. 1 south out to sea
Grasshopper Warbler - 1

Sedge Warbler in Hope Gap
Whinchat in Hope Gap
Yellow Wagtail by Harry's Bush
Reed Warbler in Hope Gap
Sparrowhawk above Hope Gap
Wheatear by South Hill Barn