A smattering of migrants over the past few days has included a Yellow Wagtail (31 Aug), a late-ish Swift (8 Sept) and a number of Meadow Pipits arriving back in the lower fields, away from their year-round territory on the escarpment.
At Place Farm, the hirundine gathering has swelled. On Sunday (yesterday) there were probably 500 birds – this mobile clip gives an idea of the numbers (if not the species).
The same morning, walking from there up to the escarpment in the warm early morning sun it was soon clear there were few small migrants on the move. But a Wheatear – my first of the autumn, and of the year – was along the South Downs Way.
And down on the access land, between the Bostal Road and the Plantation, there was a loose party of chats – one Whinchat and four Stonechats. The latter include one very young-looking bird – I haven’t been along this stretch much this summer, did I miss breeding pair?