I left for Reculver this morning at 9.15am where upon arrival, the last of the bright weather was just starting to disappear. I then spent the next 3 hours walking down to Coldharbour in windy and rainy conditions before walking inland to Chambers Wall car park before checking the bushes on my way back. Although the weather made for a tough session, I did manage to see 1 male Black Redstart at the towers which was still in full song and spent most of its time this morning sheltered from the elements below the cliff face. I decided to sit in an area where it kept returning too and before the rain set in, managed a few reasonable shots of it singing.
Moving on, I noted 5 Swallow, 2 Peregrine over the towers, 7 Sand Martin, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 4 White Wagtail and a trickle west of Linnet, Chaffinch and Meadow Pipit. As I neared Coldharbour, 2 Raven appeared having been on the deck and flew west towards me before flying out over the fields and then cutting back and carrying on flying up the seawall towards the towers. By now, it was raining and pretty windy and with dark skies and a dark bird and the camera back in the bag, I didn't expect much of a shot but I think you can get enough to see what it is.
Other birds noted today were 1 Brent Goose, 7 Corn Bunting, 1 Whitethroat, 3 male Wheatear proving very wary and almost impossible to get near, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great crested Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore before flying west with 2 Cormorant.
Back at the towers and still soaked, the weather started to brighten up a little so after having a quick drink and snack, I soon found the Black Redstart again which was still singing and settled in for 15 minutes. It wasn't too long until he landed on one of the posts and with better light for photos, I probably took the best shot of the day of this species.
Despite the weather, a nice session with a few bits of quality seen and a few photos as well. Now to dry it all off before the next session!