Saturday, 14 July 2018

14th July, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny and hot S 1-2

Another hot and sunny morning. We only covered Birling lane, Birling Scrub, Shooters Bottom, The Old Trapping Area and Hotel Garden. Very few birds present on the Headland and no sign of any new arrivals.

Common Buzzard 2
Common Whitethroat 14
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 6

Good numbers of the common downland butterfly species were also seen.

Underside of the male Chalk Hill Blue enjoying the early
morning sun.

Corn Bunting still singing its heart out

Looking down Birling lane

The garden at the top of the lane.

Five views taken by DRC from the Old Trapping area
showing how brown and dry the area has become

Friday, 13 July 2018

13th July, 2018 Beachy Head Light cloud cover warm E-SE 1-2

We covered Birling lane, Birling scrub, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and Belle Tout wood. We briefly met up with LP at Shooters Bottom.
Very few warblers present on the Headland, and only 2 Swifts and 6 Sand Martins flew over. A juvenile Cuckoo flew through Shooters Bottom, which proved to be our first Cuckoo for this year.

Common Buzzard 1
Peregrine 1
Cuckoo 1 juv. flew through Shooters Bottom
Swift 2
Sand Martin 6
Swallow 10
Meadow Pipit 12
Nightingale 1 1stW type Shooters Bottom
Song Thrush 1
Common Whitethroat 14 on the Headland
Raven 5 juveniles feeding on Birling beach at low tide
Linnet 50
Corn Bunting 3

Low numbers of common Butterflies seen during our visit which included several Chalk Hill Blues.

Late news for the 11th July, RB visited the Headland and although very quiet he did find a Whinchat in Shooters Bottom

Nightingale in Shooters Bottom 

Comma in Shooters Bottom

Gatekeeper-our commonest butterfly at the moment.

Male Chalk Hill Blue

Monday, 9 July 2018

9th July, 2018 Beachy Head Hot and sunny N 1

Another early visit, but only stayed  a couple of hours. We visited Birling lane, Birling scrub, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area. No sign of any overhead migration and just a few warblers seen in the bushes. No sign or sound of the Nightingale seen on our last visit.
Large numbers of common butterflies were also seen.

On our way home we called into West Rise Marsh in the hope of seeing Lesser Emperor dragonfly but unfortunately no sign of any Lessers although we did see around 10 Emperor Dragonflies several Black-tailed Skimmers and a number of damselflies

Stonechat 5
Song Thrush 2-3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 12
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 1
Goldfinch 10
Linnet 40

Peacock 1
Marbled White 30
Small Skipper c50
Gatekeeper c100+
Meadow Brown 30
Small White 30
Large White 4

Yesterday evening Doreen and myself had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth feeding on our buddleia bush.

Friday, 6 July 2018

6th July, 2018 Beachy Head Early mist becoming hot and sunny.SW 1-2

An early start to beat the heat, with early mist becoming hot and sunny. We covered Birling lane, Birling scrub, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and Belle Tout wood.

13 Sand Martins in one group over the cliffs moving W, but the  surprise was an adult type Nightingale calling a lot and even sang just 3 notes in Shooters Bottom which is our first for this year.

On our walk on the Headland good numbers of butterflies were seen with the highlight being 2 White-lettered Hairstreaks.

On our way home, we stopped off at Newhaven Harbour at low tide and although a number of gulls were present on the beach no sign yet of any juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls.

Common Gull 1 ad in breeding plumage in a garden at Birling
Stock Dove 1
Sand Martin 13 W
Meadow Pipit 8
Pied Wagtail 1
Nightingale 1 ad type Shooters (calling a lot and sang 3 notes)
Stonechat 6 mainly juveniles
Song Thrush 1
Common Whitethroat 23
Goldfinch 20
Corn Bunting 2

Marbled White 20
Speckled Wood 2
Small Skipper 35
Gatekeeper c80
Meadow Brown c50
White-lettered Hairstreak 2
Dark-green Fritillary 1
Red Admiral 1

Smart adult Common Gull in a garden at Birling

Common Whitethroats at Birling

Song Thrush in Shooters Bottom

Adult type Nightingale in Shooters


White-lettered Hairstreaks

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

4th July, 2018 Burgess Hill

At around 09.30 am Doreen and myself had a fine Red Kite fly over our house heading East.

Also recently we photographed a Blue-tailed Damselfly also in Burgess Hill.

Blue-tailed Damselfly in Burgess Hill.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

3rd July, 2018 Beachy Head Hot and sunny with strong E wind 6-7

Our first visit to Beachy since 11th May. The strong E wind made birding difficult around the bushes. We covered just Birling lane and Belle Tout wood and we then called in to see Roger C in Hodcombe.

Very little seen in the bushes but c40 Swifts and 5 Sand Martins all moving E. Again the wind made it difficult trying to see butterflies but around 12 migrant Silver Y moths were seen.

Common Buzzard 2 over the Headland
Swift c40 E
Sand Martin 5 E
Swallow 27
Pied Wagtail 3-4
Goldfinch 35 (about 20 juveniles)

Small Tortoiseshell 1
Marble White 5
Chalk Hill Blue 1 male
Gatekeeper 12
Comma 1
Small White 6
Large White 3

Silver Y moth 12
Marble White near Belle Tout

taken by DRC
JFC and RHC, been bird-watching friends since the mid 1950's

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

26th June, 2018 Marlpost Wood, Near Horsham

Very hot and sunny so Doreen and myself decided to visit Marlpost Wood in the hope of seeing White Admirals which is one of my favourite butterflies.

Silver-washed Fritillary 20-25
White Admiral 3
Red Admiral 1
Large Skipper 6
Meadow Brown 100+

Broad-bodied Chaser 1 female

Silver-washed Fritillary

White Admirals.