Thursday, 19 August 2010

REDSTARTS, WHINCHATS and other migrants on Steps Hill

A stiffening SSW wind eventually brought rain this evening but fortunately it was not too heavy....

I did a complete sweep of Inkombe Hole over two and three quarter hours - 1600-1845 hours

There were a few migrants present - two COMMON REDSTARTS (a juvenile and an autumn male), two SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, two juvenile WHINCHATS (a belated first for the year for me in Bucks and my first ever actually in scrub in the Hole), 1-2 LESSER WHITETHROATS, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 juvenile Blackcaps and 3 WILLOW WARBLERS, along with Common Blackbird, Linnet and Robin.

The two REDSTARTS were incredibly difficult, remaining super-skulking in dense scrub at the extreme far end of the hollow - up by the wire sheepfield fence

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