Friday, 9 November 2018

8th and 9th November, 2018 Beachy Head

8th November, 2018.

SL and JG covered Birling lane, Went Hill, onto Belle Tout area and wood, and the Old Trapping Area. Generally very quiet with the following recorded. RE also visited Belle Tout wood.

Peregrine 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4
Goldcrest 16 (15 in Belle Tout wood)
Corn Bunting 25.

9th November, 2018.

RE covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom and Belle Tout wood. Both Frank Lambert and Colin Winyard were also both birding on the Headland. A good overnight arrival of Goldcrests and also our first Coal Tit for the year.

Sparrowhawk 1
Tree Creeper 1 in Belle Tout Wood (per FL)
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 155 on the Headland including c75 in Belle Tout wood, and 60 Hodcombe.
Firecrest 1
Coal Tit 1 in Belle Tout wood (per CW)
Brambling 1



Monday, 5 November 2018

5th November, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny periods with cloud in the afternoon. SE 2

RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had an arrival of Goldcrests. Also a number of crests were present on the Headland. LP found a Pallas's Leaf Warbler in the Old Trapping Area which was joined briefly by a Yellow-browed Warbler. A number of other birders were also present.

Common Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Tawny Owl 1
Wood Pigeon 100
Green Woodpecker 1
Song Thrush 2 continentals ringed in the Hollow.
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 2 (including a re-trap from 19 days ago)
Pallas's Leaf Warbler 1 Old Trapping Area (LP et al)
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 briefly in the Old Trapping Area (LP et al)
Goldcrest 55 (45 Hollow and 10 Headland)
Firecrest 2 (1 Hollow and 1 Headland)
Jay 2
Raven 1

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

31st October, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny periods but cold SSE-SE 1-3

RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and also visited Belle Tout wood and RAB did a sea-watch from Birling and then covered Birling Lane and Belle Tout wood. Generally very quiet with a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests with a single Firecrest at Birling visitors centre.

Red-throated Diver 1 on the sea
Fulmar 1
Gannet 11E and 2W
Little Egret 1 Birling
Common Scoter 1 E
Kestrel 1
Great-Black Backed Gull 18 E
Guillemot 1 on the sea
Auk Sp. 12E and 1W
Wood Pigeon 40 in the Hollow
Blackbird 26 (20 Hollow and 6 Headland)
Song Thrush 1 continental trapped Hollow.
Chiffchaff 6 (5 Hollow and 1 Headland)
Goldcrest 5 (3 Belle Tout and 2 Hollow)
Firecrest 1 Birling visitors centre
Jay 2 Hollow
Raven 3 (2 Headland and 1 Hollow)

Thursday, 25 October 2018

25th October, 2018, Beachy Head. Early mist colder becoming sunny periods

RE and MM went ringing in Whitbread Hollow but it was very quiet and RAB walked to Long Down but just a single Merlin seen.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

24th October, 2018 Beachy Head Fine and sunny

RE went ringing in Whitbread Hollow and RAB covered most sites on the Headland including the set-a-side field and the Cliff Path. Small numbers of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests were present.

Yesterday RB had a Ring Ouzel and 2 Chiffchaffs on the Headland
Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard  2
Kestrel 3 Headland
Peregrine 2 Headland
Wood Pigeon 250 over Whitbread Hollow
Tawny Owl 1 Hollow
Green Woodpecker 2
Dunnock 10 Hollow
Ring Ouzel 1 male along Cliff Path
Song Thrush 1 Headland
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 13 ( 10 Hollow and 3 Headland)
Goldcrests 7 (5 Hollow and 2 Headland)
Redpoll 7
Raven 8 (5 Headland and 3 Hollow)
Corn Bunting 33 set-a-side field

Red Admiral 3
Painted Lady 1
Wall Brown 1
Large White 1
Common Blue 2

Common Darter 1


Monday, 22 October 2018

22nd October, 2018 Beachy Head and Seven Sisters Country Park Sunny with cold wind NE 4

Much colder morning. My brother and myself covered Birling lane, and then spent a good hour walking the set-a-side field. We then covered Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and the Cliff Path. KH and RES covered the toilet block bushes, Belle Tout wood and Holywell, RB covered Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom and Belle Tout.
Generally very quiet in the bushes and very little diurnal migration logged.

Kestrel 4
Stock Dove 4E
Wood Pigeon 100 W
Collared Dove 1 Birling gardens
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 B/T wood
Skylark 70 set-a-side field
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Pied Wagtail 3 E
Wheatear 2 Toilet block bushes
Ring Ouzel 1 Cliff Path
Fieldfare 1 E
Song Thrush 2
Goldcrest 7 Headland
Siskin 1 flyover Headland
Linnet 30 set-a-side field
Corn Bunting 35 set-a-side field.

As we were travelling westwards along the A259 from East Dean to the Cuckmere bridge, a ring-tailed Hen Harrier came flying north off the Seven Sisters Country Park across the A259 and headed over the Friston forest being mobbed by 3 corvids.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

21st October, 2018 Beachy Head Fine sunny warm NW 1

My brother Barry is staying with us from America, and we visited Beachy just like the 1960's, except more disturbance and far fewer birds. We covered Toilet block bushes, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom, Belle Tout wood and we called in to see Roger and Liz in Hodcombe. RE was again ringing in Whitbread Hollow. The Headland was very quiet although the Hollow had a reasonable fall of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests. Other than 400 Wood Pigeons very little visible migration was seen.
Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 2 Headland
Kestrel 2 Headland
Stock Dove 2 with Wood Pigeons
Wood Pigeon 400 over Headland
Tawny Owl 1 Headland
Green Woodpecker 1 Hollow
Rock Pipit 2 Headland
Pied Wagtail 14 (6E)
Blackbird 20 Headland
Song Thrush 8 Headland
Blackcap 5 Hollow
Chiffchaff 44 (40 Hollow and 4 Headland)
Goldcrest 42 (30 Hollow and 12 Headland)
Brambling 1 Headland
Goldfinch 50 Headland
Lesser Redpoll 15 Hollow (12 trapped and were all Lessers)
Bullfinch 1 Hollow

Clouded Yellow 2
Red Admiral 1
Small Heath 1
Small Copper 1
Another fine sun-rise over Beachy


Nice to see Goldcrests moving through the area.