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Thursday 8 August 2013

Seaford Head 8/8/13

A brilliant morning on the Head today, not really for quantity, but great variety for the first time this autumn. A clear night meant a complete clear out of yesterdays birds, but fortunately many had replaced them. The highlight was a strange hybrid Falcon, being very Kestrel like, but the size of a Saker with an extremely strong flight, long gliding, long wings and a huge size. Totals are:

Nightingale - 2 croaking in Hope Gap
Tree Pipit - 2 flew over
Whinchat - 1 adult female
Redstart - 1 male
Cuckoo - 1 adult
Snipe - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Whitethroat - 35
Willow Warbler - 41
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 2
Garden Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 2
Green Sandpiper - 1
hybrid Falcon - 1 along cliff edge

 hybrid Falcon - although appears very much like a Kestrel,
the huge size, heavy streaking on the flanks, very long wings, 
flight pattern and tiger patterning on the mantle does suggest
an abnormal Falcon, but no idea which one.
 Garden Warbler