Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cloud birds


The Met Office suggested that a band of rain would slowly move across London and the Home Counties during the early hours of this morning, but when I walked out of the front door at 06.15hrs it was bone dry. However, a blanket of dark cloud felt 'birdy' and I carried on to Priest Hill for a four hour session. The cloud did seem to have done it's stuff, with a male Common Redstart, 2 Northern Wheatears (above), 2 Swallow, 7 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and 7 Chiffchaff. A fly-through Greylag Goose was a surprise.


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  1. Here on Sheppey the forecast was dead correct and we had 10 mins. rain at 5.30, which had dried up by 7.00. The one noticeable event each early morning is the bloody cold N. wind. No fall of birds on Harty to match yours though.

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    1. Derek, it seems as if each Spring we now get winds from the NE or NW without rain. It wasn't always like this, was it?

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    2. Well actually yes, Steve. I can recall several dry, cold Springs with similar winds in recent years - on Sheppey at least. Only difference is that we had normal winter rain preceding them.

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  2. Priest Hill, the dark horse in the White-arse Champions League...?

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    1. Ha! Should've kept the award going Seth! Took loads more shots as well. Any on Uig yet?

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    2. First of the year was a male singing away on a fencepost at the top of the beach on 5th April. Sometimes a couple more flitting around the rocks on the beach, but no shots worth showing anybody. Their general arrival here was 4-7th April it seems.

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