Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Start Point

At 07:20 this morning when Mike L. rang me just as i was leaving for work, to say Berry Head was sinking under the weight of migrant birds i might have made a Faustian Pact to have been transported to Start Point. Better judgement saved my soul and like Pat and Matt i waited till after work which i managed to finish early. Mark Darlaston and Crinkle had had loads of birds at Start during the day so like Pat mine was a ' smash and grab '.
Arrived at Start Farm at 16:00 and decided to concentrate on this area. Present were 3 Redstarts, Sedge Warbler, 20 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers , 30 Willow Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher. Felt i'd given it a good look and then decided to have a go at the lighthouse. Lots of birds still present with plenty of insects to refuel on in the tamarisk belts. Saw Redstart, 3 Sedge Warblers, Grasshopper Warbler, 20 Blackcaps, 3 Garden Warblers, Pied Flycatcher and 10 Willow Warblers. 40 Swifts feeding above the spine as i walked back up. Lots of Whitethroats scattered around and 5 Wheatear. A good few hours birding birding but i look forward to hearing what Mark and Crinkle saw earlier.