500+ Gulls (mostly Lesser/Great Black-backed Gulls) following the plough
1 Sparrowhawk (female)
2+ Meadow Pipits
I first of all decided to make my way to where the Gulls were present in high numbers, I must admit to not being too over-excited about Gulls, however, the numbers indicated a visit was in order. Overviewing the field being ploughed, I could see that the vast majority of Gulls were both Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls of varying age groups from juvenile birds to adults.
|Ashill Common 15/09/15. A staging post today for Whitethroats|
I couldn't resist a slow walk alongside a large, inviting area of dense scrub habitat, there must be migrants making use of this rich habitat. With the westerly wind blowing moderate to fresh, I stayed along the sheltered side to watch for movement. As expected, I did find migrants along 'Devil's Dyke', at least 5 Whitethroats were found moving quickly between cover. These birds were looking quite immaculate in their fresh plumages. Also within this habitat was Blackcap, Chiffchaff, at least 4 Greenfinches dropped in and calling Bullfinches were seen.