Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WRYNECK at West Bexington

Took a brief visit earlier today down to West Bexington after receiving news of a reported Wryneck sighting along the coast path. Once I arrived (11.00am) I noticed a large amount of Wheatears present along the coastal footpath and car parking area. It was obvious from the number of birds present that Wheatears were moving through in the last few hours. Further along the coastal path, walking east past the Chalets, Wheatear numbers became evident numbering almost 100+ along the beach, coast path, fence lines, nearby fields and gardens. Big numbers of Yellow Wagtails also present numbering approx 60+ birds in the fields 300metres east of car park, Many more birds flying overhead. Approx 300+metres down the path I noticed a "larger" bird fly up about 20ft from the footpath in front of me and land on a nearby post......WRYNECK!!! A stunning juvenile bird perched out in the open right before my eyes. a magical experience and I got cracking views. After obtaining a few images the Wryneck flew east along the fenceline and was joined by a 2nd WRYNECK further down the path!!! Both birds perched side by side giving incredible views. A quick phonecall to Tim White about my find and to report the sighting. Both birds were present up until 12.30pm when I left West Bex though  were moving eastwards with Wheatears and other migrants. Whinchats were abundant too with 15+ dotted across the area. Also of note include several White wagtail, Willow Warblers, Reed Warblers, 1 Cetti's Warbler in the scrub. Decent Swallow passage overhead and good numbers of Yellow Wagtails in flocks passing overhead high.
A truly magical 1.30mins at West Bex. Best Autumn Migration movement I've seen in a long time!! With weather conditions very poor this evening I wonder if these birds were all moving ahead of the weather and now grounded on site until tommorow once weather clears. Heavy rain forecasted overnight hopefully land more birds in at West Bex. A few images below of the migrants seen.

Wryneck


Wheatear

Wheatear


Wheatear and Yellow wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Whinchat
Willow Warbler


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