Wednesday, 24 August 2016

24th August, 2016 Beachy Head Sunny very hot and humid SE 0-1

We could only spend a couple of hours on the Headland owing to other commitments, but many other birders present and even ARK visited Crowlink which is on the western edge of our recording area and had a nice selection of migrants. The following include records from RE, LP, and I have taken the Crowlink records from the SOS web-site. Although not quite the quality of yesterday, still good numbers of night migrants and the overhead migration included good numbers of Yellow Wagtails and Tree Pipits, Swifts and our first passage of House Martins this Autumn.

Cormorant 10 W
Little Egret 4 E off Birling
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 4
Hobby 1 Birling (per RE)
Collared Dove 1 over Birling
Swift 50+ E
Wryneck 1 again in Shooters Bottom
Swallow c400 E
House Martin c800 E many moving along the cliff edge at Icky Ridge
Tree Pipit 22 chiefly E but 2 flushed from long grass at Birling
Yellow Wagtail c90 (50 E but 20 at Crowlink and 20 at Birling in the fields)
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Redstart 10 (including 7 at Crowlink)
Whinchat 9
Wheatear 30 (including 12 at Crowlink)
Grasshopper Warbler 1 (perLP)
Sedge Warbler 6
Reed Warbler 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 56
Garden Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 24
Spotted Flycatcher 8 (all seen at Crowlink)
Pied Flycatcher 1 Hotel Garden (per LP)

Clouded Yellow 1 helice form in the Old Trapping Area (per RKH)



 
Some of todays Yellow Wagtails at Birling

 Nine Whinchats recorded today

 
Collared Dove over Birling

Sedge Warbler at Birling-Six logged today

Up to 30 Wheatears recorded.

 Our first passage this Autumn of House Martins


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

23rd August, 2016 Beachy Head Sunny and hot SE 1

An excellent day for both weather and birds and our best day this Autumn so far. We covered Birling lane and scrub opposite, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area meeting up with RKH at Birling and also met up with a number of other birders covering the Headland including LP. RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow. A good fall of night migrants which included a three figure count of Whitethroats, a good fall of Reed Warblers chiefly in the Hollow where Bob ringed 11 and estimated a total of 40 in the Hollow.
Highlights included an elusive Melodious Warbler at Birling which was seen just 3 times in over an hour before being lost in the gardens, a Hen Harrier hunting over the Top fields, an early Merlin chasing hirundines over Shooters Bottom and a Wryneck showing well in Shooters.
Diurnal migration included 7 Tree Pipits, 19 Yellow Wagtails E, several hundred Sand Martins and Swallows chiefly moving E whilst feeding over the Top Fields.
Combined totals as follows:

Little Egret 2 E off Birling
Hen Harrier 1 female over the top fields (many observers)
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Merlin 1 chasing hirundines over the top fields (several observers)
Tawny Owl 1 Whitbread Hollow
Wryneck 1 Shooters Bottom (many observers)
Sand Martin c300 chiefly E feeding over the top fields as they moved
Swallow c150 chiefly E
Tree Pipit 7
Rock Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 19 E
Nightingale 1 Whitbread Hollow (per RE)
Common Redstart 2-3 Shooters Bottom
Cetti's Warbler 1 still in Whitbread Hollow (per RE)
Grasshopper Warbler 1 Old Trapping Area (perLP)
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 44  (11 trapped and a total of 40 estimated in the Hollow)
Melodious Warbler 1 (per JFC, DRC, RKH)
Lesser Whitethroat 11
Common Whitethroat c120 (30 in Whitbread Hollow and 90 on the Headland)
Blackcap 6
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 50 (40 Whitbread Hollow and 10 on the Headland)
Raven 2

Clouded Yellow 8
Painted Lady 2
Migrant Hawker 1
Lesser Whitethroat in Shooters Bottom

Reed Warbler over 40 were estimated in the area today


 





 

Female Hen Harrier hunting over the top fields


 

 


 


Wryneck showing well in Shooters Bottom

 
Fungi growing a little way up on an ash tree at Birling


Monday, 22 August 2016

22nd August, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast with SW wind 4-5

With the strong wind it made looking for migrants difficult although very few were seen in the sheltered spots on the Headland. We met up with RKH and covered most of the sites on the Head with the highlight being a party of 10 Ravens moving east over the Hotel Garden.

Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 1-2
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 6
Willow Warbler 4
Raven Party of 10 E over Hotel Garden


Thursday, 18 August 2016

18th August, 2016 Beachy Head Early morning rain, overcast humid W 0-1

A very humid morning. We covered Birling lane and the scrub opposite, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and a number of other observers were covering the Headland sites. A decent arrival of night migrants which included a Wryneck and also 4 Nightingales and 3 Grasshopper Warblers were seen in the area. Diurnal migration included a juvenile Marsh Harrier out to sea and 22 Yellow Wagtails chiefly E.

Little Egret 1 E over the cliffs at Shooters Bottom
Marsh Harrier 1 juv out to sea (per LP)
Common Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Ringed Plover 1 over the Head
Tawny Owl 1 Whitbread Hollow
Swift 1 E
Wryneck 1 (per Jamie Wilkinson et al)
Sand Martin 10 E
Swallow 50 E
Yellow Wagtail 22 E
Nightingale 4 (2 Whitbread Hollow, 1 Shooters Bottom & 1 Birling)
Common Redstart 5 (4 Hollow & 1 Icky Ridge)
Whinchat 3
Wheatear 5
Cetti's Warbler 1 still present in the Hollow
Grasshopper Warbler 3 (1 Hollow, 1 Birling & 1 Belle Tout)
Sedge Warbler 3
Reed Warbler 11
Lesser Whitethroat 5
Common Whitethroat c80
Garden Warbler 4
Blackcap 8
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 50 (15 Hollow & 35 Headland)

 
Up to 80 Common Whitethroats were seen in the area today


Whinchat at Birling

 Sedge Warbler at Birling





Wednesday, 17 August 2016

17th August, 2016 Beachy Head Sunny very clear ENE 3-4

Still breezy and very clear. We met up with RK and RKH and covered Birling scrub, Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. LP was birding in the Whitbread Hollow area. Again disappointing with fairly low numbers of night migrants. Swallows were moving E in small numbers and 7 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Tree Pipits also moved overhead. Another juv. Yellow-legged Gull flew E over Birling. Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 3
Peregrine 2
Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv E over Birling
Sand Martin 10 E
Swallow 90 E
Tree Pipit 3 (per LP)
Yellow Wagtail 7 (per LP)
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 2
Song Thrush 1
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat c30
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 32 (20 Hollow and 12 Headland)
Raven 2

 Lesser Whitethroat in the Old Trapping Area


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

16th August, 2016 Beachy Head Fine and sunny ENE 3 decreasing to 1

Met up with RK and saw several other birders on the Headland. Unfortunately there was a filming crew present on the Headland and we were unable to cover the Old Trapping Area. We did cover Birling lane and scrub opposite, Belle Tout wood area, Shooters Bottom. We also walked the Cornish Farm track.
Another disappointing day with a small arrival of Common Whitethroats and Willow Warblers with just small numbers of other migrants. Low numbers of Swallows moved E as did 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Swallow 40 E
Yellow Wagtail 2 E
Wheatear 1
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 3
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 36
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 40
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 10

Clouded Yellow 1
Wall 1 Shooters Bottom
Common Blue 10
Chalk Hill Blue 15
Small Heath 1
Painted Lady 5
Silver Y moth c20 (small influx)

Autumn Ladies Tresses showing again

Bright looking Reed Warbler with good yellow legs at Birling


Sparrowhawk hunting near Cornish Farm

 Its that time of the year when the Autumn Ladies Tresses start to show


Monday, 15 August 2016

15th August, 2016 Beachy Head Clear sunny E 3-4

A fine clear sunny morning albeit with a strong easterly breeze. With the easterly breeze, still no sign of any continental migrants which was disappointing with Willow Warblers still making up most of the migrants seen. Overhead migration consisted mainly of small numbers of hirundines moving E, 1 Yellow Wagtail W, and LP had 4 Turnstone still in summer plumage move W over the Headland. A juv. Yellow-legged Gull flew E over the top fields.  We covered most of the Headland sites meeting up with a number of other observers and Bob and John Marchant were trapping in Whitbread Hollow. Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Turnstone 4 W in summer plumage over the Headland (per LP)
Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv E over the top fields
Tawny Owl 1 sat on road-side early morning near the Hollow
Green Woodpecker 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 20 E
Swallow 60 E
Rock Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail 1 W
Nightingale 1
Wheatear 4
Song Thrush 2
Cetti's Warbler 1 still present in Whitbread Hollow
Reed Warbler 8
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 23
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 60
Jay 1

Painted Lady 1
Clouded Yellow 1
Kestrel near Belle Tout

Sparrowhawk in moult over Birling

Another arrival of Willow Warblers at Birling

Clouded Yellow in Shooters Bottom