Monday, 12 September 2016

12th September, 2016 Beachy Head Fine sunny periods humid warm S-SE 1-2

Another fine morning. We covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area, Icky Ridge, and Shooters Bottom, meeting up with RKH, GG and SL who were also covering the Headland. Far fewer migrants compared to yesterday, were seen today with again very few hirundines moving during the morning. We left at 11.00 am.
The highlight was a Ring Ouzel feeding on hawthorn berries in the Old Trapping area before departing E.

Sparrowhawk 2-3
Hobby 1 S over Shooters Bottom
Peregrine 1
Sand Martin 5 SE
Swallow 150 SE
House Martin 20 SE
Tree Pipit 1
Rock Pipit 2
Yellow Wagtail 16
Robin 15 (small increase)
Common Redstart 2
Wheatear 3
Ring Ouzel 1 feeding on hawthorn berries Old Trapping Area departed E
Song Thrush 1 Old Trapping Area
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 21
Chiffchaff 25
Willow Warbler 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 3
Goldfinch 50


 Some of today's Yellow Wagtails


Tree Pipit showing nicely at Birling

Rock Pipit at Birling

Spitfire over Beachy

Junckers Ju52 WW11 transport plane over Beachy

Sunday, 11 September 2016

11th September, 2016 Beachy Head Fine sunny and warm S - SE 1

A perfect Autumnal morning and we covered Birling lane, Belle Tout, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and Hodcombe with Roger and Liz. Also met up with SL GG and ME who were covering the Headland. RE and SM were ringing in Whitbread Hollow. A good arrival of night migrants but with the fine weather we expected a large hirundine passage but to our surprise this did not materialise.
Combined Totals:

Little Egret 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 15+ (including a party of 12)
Hobby 1
Kestrel 1
Wryneck 1 Between the Hotel Garden and The Old Trapping Area (per ME)
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 40
Tree Pipit 2
Meadow Pipit 15
Common Redstart 6
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 22
Grasshopper Warbler 4 (1 Shooters Bottom and 3 Hollow)
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat 28
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 42
Chiffchaff 90 (50 Hollow and 40 Headland)
Willow Warbler 47 (30 Hollow and 17 Headland)
Firecrest 1 above Birling (per SL)
Spotted Flycatcher 2
Linnet 70
Corn Bunting 10
Common Redstart-Six were seen today

Smart looking Lesser Whitethroat in the Hotel Garden


 Two Tree Pipits showing well in Hodcombe

 Well marked Common Buzzard

Friday, 9 September 2016

9th September, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast with some drizzle cool SSW 3-4 gusting 6

A much different day today. We covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area and Shooters Bottom which took us 2 hours and we didn't see a single migrant. Although quite a wind had picked up, most of the sites we visited were quite well sheltered. I can't ever recall a day in early September at Beachy when I did not see a single migrant including hirundines. Talk about a clear-out. Needless to say we didn't linger.
Many thanks to RKH for the identification of the moths.

(taken by DRC)
Sunrise this morning

(taken by DRC)
Feathered Gothic

(taken by DRC)

(taken by DRC)
Spider sp taken recently in the Hotel Garden on my camera

Thursday, 8 September 2016

8th September, 2016 Beachy Head Clear sunny SW 0 increasing to 3-4

We could only visit for around 3 hours so just concentrated on the main sites on the Head. Met up with RB, RKH and RK. The headland appeared very quite generally with very few night migrants being seen. Even so good numbers of Yellow Wagtails although just a small hirundine movement during our visit. Highlight was a very showy Pied Flycatcher.

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Sand Martin 2
Swallow c250
House Martin c100
Yellow Wagtail 57 chiefly W
Grey Wagtail 2 W
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 3
Reed Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 15
Blackcap 3
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 Old Trapping Area
Raven 1
Yellowhammer 2
Corn Bunting Flock of 12
Wheatear in the Old Trapping Area

Whinchat at Birling



A showy Pied Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area

(taken by DRC)
Galium Carpet at Birling

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

7th September, 2016 Beachy Head Early mist clearing and becoming sunny, hot and humid. SE 0-1

We covered Birling lane, Belle Tout area (not wood), Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. Also carried out a raptor watch. RE was trapping in Whitbread Hollow, we also met up with RKH. and GG. SL covered much of the Headland including the area above Birling.
With light SE winds, expectations were high but generally only a small arrival of common night migrants with little evidence of  continental birds. Blackcap numbers continue to increase in the Hollow, and SL found a Pied Fly and our first Firecrest of the Autumn on his walk above Birling.
After the mist had cleared, a good passage of House Martins, and Swallows with 4 Swifts. Raptors included a Hobby E, Osprey moved S out to sea, a juv. Marsh Harrier and a probable Honey Buzzard but just to far to be certain. Left Simon and Geoff raptor watching, so perhaps more to come.

Probable Honey Buzzard 1 (Seen by JFC and RKH from the Old Trapping Area
 also seen by SL and GG from Shooters Bottom)
Marsh Harrier 1 juv (per GG & SL)
Sparrowhawk 2 (including a very large bird-see pics below)
Common Buzzard 2
Osprey 1 S out to sea @ 11.10 (per GG & SL)
Hobby 1 E along the cliffs
Peregrine 1
Tawny Owl 2 Hollow
Swift 4 E
Wryneck 1 still Shooters Bottom
Sand Martin c70 E
Swallow c1,000 mainly E
House Martin c2,500 mainly E
Tree Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 2 E
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 4
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 10
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 55 (30 Hollow & 25 Headland)
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 68
Chiffchaff 15
Willow Warbler 17
Firecrest 1 above Birling (per SL)
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 above Birling (per SL)
Corn Bunting Flock of 15 at Birling

Clouded Yellow 5
Comma 1

Sedge Warbler in Shooters Bottom

Common Swift - Four were seen today

Large heavy looking Sparrowhawk originally seen in Shooters Bottom 
and later flew over near Icky Ridge.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6th September, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast with mist warm and humid. SW 0-1

Another very murky day. Met up with RKH and we covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood area, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Icky Ridge and the Cornish Farm track. RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
A disappointing day with just small numbers of common migrants seen, although Blackcap numbers are beginning to build up in the Hollow and the mist put paid to any diurnal migration.

Tawny Owl 2 in Whitbread Hollow
Common Buzzard 2
Swallow 40
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 2
Song Thrush 2
Grasshopper Warbler 2 in Hollow (ad and juv) (per RE)
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 6
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 35 (20 Headland & 15 Hollow)
Blackcap 28
Chiffchaff 12
Willow Warbler 28 (20 Headland & 8 Hollow)
Goldcrest 1

Clouded Yellow 5

Sedge Warbler in Shooters Bottom

Whinchat in the Old Trapping Area

Thursday, 1 September 2016

1st September, 2016 Beachy Head Very clear sunny and warm SW 1 increasing to 2

We visited Old Trapping Area, Icky Ridge, Hotel Garden, Shooters Bottom, and Belle Tout area. LP was also working Hotel Garden to Shooters Bottom. Fewer migrants present after the clear night and diurnal migration consisted of small numbers of Swallows E.

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 3
Wryneck 1 Shooters Bottom
Sand Martin 10 E
Swallow 100 E
Tree Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail 20
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 5
Reed Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat 14
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 10
Raven 1

Clouded Yellow 5

Some of today's Wheatears

Reed Warbler showing very well in Shooters Bottom



Wryneck in Shooters Bottom

Filming crew up up and away-hooray