Yesterday's trickle of Swallows turned into something of a deluge this morning. A most enjoyable vis mig watch from the hut ended up yielding 1189 Swallows and 705 House Martins moving south, often in pretty large flocks. The Swallow total is close to our record autumn movement of 1372 south on 28th August 2002. A total of 21 Swifts is quite respectable this late in August, whilst the first convincing movements of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Tree Sparrows were also recorded. Other highlights included a couple of Buzzards and three Kestrels moving south. Crook Ness harboured a Spotted Flycatcher and four Wheatears were feeding behind the hut.
|Wheatears in the field behind the hut|
|The Linnet flock building up behind the seawatch hut - at least 250 today, but up to 300 this week.|