Spring passage

March 21st

A Skylark flushed from uncut amenity grassland at West Hill. Two Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff there.

March 22nd

Continuing very quiet.

March 23rd

Looking from the window at 7 this morning to see a Woodcock flying up from the gardens, circling above the terraced rooftops and powering away northwards. It was overcast, 9/8ths with a variable N breeze and very light occasional drizzle. I walked up to West Hill. 5 Meadow pipits were in cover, two came in and a flock of forty Chaffinches went over SE. A male Wheatear appeared briefly in one of the bare sycamores.

Getting the bus to Fairlight I then walked to Coastguards from where watching until midday I recorded 1,390 Chaffinches heading east or Northeast in flocks of between ten and eighty, along with nine Common buzzards, two White/Pied wagtails, 32 Linnets, a Siskin and 36 Meadow pipits. A House martin came in and about forty each of Scoters and Brent geese passed offshore.

Below. Photographs taken on March 17th.

 

 

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