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Sunday 13 August 2017

Seaford Head 13/8/17

At long last a day off when the weather is suitable for migrants. My first visit this autumn to start my 14th consecutive year of birding Seaford Head in the autumn (and the first time I've missed July!!). There was a reasonable selection of birds about but no great numbers. Nightingales were particularly conspicuous this morning and as the morning warmed up a few Hirundines were trickling through, and a couple of Hobbies also. Just as I was leaving, Bob sent a text stating that 3 Spot Fly and a Redstart were by Harry's Bush, frustrating as this area was devoid of anything when I was there. Still a good morning and fingers crossed a decent autumn ahead.

Totals are:

Willow Warbler - 20

Whitethroat - 45

Lesser Whitethroat - 6

Wheatear - 4

Reed Warbler - 6

Blackcap - 5

Nightingale - 3

Tree Pipit - 4

Whinchat - 2

Yellow Wagtail - 1

Garden Warbler - 2

Sand Martin - 70 W

Chiffchaff - 1

Hobby - 2 adults hunting together

Spotted Flycatcher - 1 in car park

Nightingale in Hope Gap - one of the most reliable sites to see this species on their return migration
Whinchat in Hope Gap
 Reed Warbler in Hope Gap
 Wheatear at the Dung Heap
Hobby over