Saturday, 18 November 2017

17th & 18th November, 2017 Beachy Head

17th November - Fine Sunny and mild.

RE covered Whitbread Hollow, and the Cow Gap area but generally very quiet:
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Blackbirds 15
Song Thrush 2
Redwing 1
Goldcrest 2
Bullfinch 2
Rock Pipit 9 including a party of 8.

18th November-Overcast mild with rain late morning. Wind W 3-4.
We covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood and walked the Cornish Farm field to ascertain the numbers of passerine birds present in this large set-a-side field. We just finished when the rain
set in.

Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Skylark c200 in Cornish farm field
Stonechat 1
Goldcrest 1
Firecrest 1 B/T scrub
Jackdaw c250 in Cornish farm field
Rook Good numbers in field
Starling c700 in Cornish Farm field
Goldfinch 20 Cornish farm field
Corn Bunting 18 Cornish farm field

Also a late Common Darter was present at B/T.

Good flocks of Starlings were feeding in the field. Estimated 700,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

15th November, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast, very mild and almost calm.

We covered Birling lane, Birling Loop, Belle Tout wood and Shooters Bottom. A small arrival of Song Thrushes and Robins with the highlight being a Woodlark which appeared to come in from the sea and headed E over our heads until out of sight.

Sparrowhawk 1
Woodlark 1 appear to come in from the sea at Birling then headed E until lost to sight.
Rock Pipit 1
Robin 25
Stonechat 4
Blackbird 15
Redwing 1
Song Thrush 10 all in Shooters Bottom
Chiffchaff 2
Long-tailed Tit party of 14 on the Birling loop
Goldfinch 20
Corn Bunting 15 with several singing

Late News for the 6th and 12th November.
Woodlark 1 over the Headland
Firecrest 2 in Whitbread Hollow
Brambling 1
Lesser Redpoll 60 of which 32 were trapped and ringed.

Ring Ouzel 1 in Whitbread Hollow
Goldcrest 14
Firecrest 2 in Whitbread Hollow
Coal Tit 1 seen briefly in B/T wood
Siskin 2
Lesser Redpoll 15
Bullfinch 6 in Whitbread Hollow.


Chiffchaff at Birling, maybe our last for this year.

Party of 14 long-tailed Tits passing through the Birling
Loop. On Unst, these would be a mega!!

Friday, 3 November 2017

2nd & 3rd November, 2017 Beachy Head

2nd November, 2017 fine sunny and warm.

RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and recorded the following:
Tawny Owl 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Blackbird 10
Song Thrush 3 of which 2 were continental birds trapped and ringed.
Chiffchaff 6+
Goldcrest 12
Lesser Redpoll 21
Bullfinch 8+ Hollow (4 trapped, 1 of which was a British control. With the major influx of Hawfinches this Autumn and a number of Bullfinches have also been recorded, it will be of interest where today's control originated from although it may of course just be a local ringed bird.)

Also 1 Firecrest, 1 Dartford Warbler and Brambling were recorded from the Headland.

3rd November, 2017 Overcast warm and calm.

Thick mist in Burgess Hill so a late start for Doreen and myself. We covered Birling and Birling loop also Belle Tout wood. We met up with RB who had already visited Shooters Bottom and RJF who had walked from Crowlink via Birling to Belle Tout wood and back. RE was again ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
Just the odd migrants seen with small numbers of finches moving overhead and one flock of Wood Pigeons.
Combined totals:

Water Rail 1 Hollow
Wood Pigeon 150 SE
Green Woodpecker 1
Wren 10 headland
Robin 12 headland
Black Redstart 1 Belle Tout lighthouse (per Phil. Luffingham)
Stonechat 7
Redwing 1
Dartford Warbler 2
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4
Goldcrest 20
Firecrest 1 Hollow
Raven 2
Starling 300
Chaffinch 36 E
Brambling c3 with Chaffinches
Bullfinch 6 (4 Hollow & 2 Headland)
Corn Bunting 10

Weasel 1 picked out by Doreen and showed very well.

Amazing close views of a Weasel hunting at Birling

Several Wrens and Stonechats came to mob it.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1st November, 2017 Beachy Head Fine, sunny and mild S 3

Another fine mild day. Just a few migrants seen in the area and no sign of yesterday's Yellow-browed Warbler. Couple of small parties of Siskins dropped in to Belle Tout wood but otherwise no diurnal migration was recorded which was a surprise as it was much clearer this morning.

We covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and Belle Tout wood. Met up with LP who had covered Belle Tout area, and RE who covered Birling, Cornish Farm lane and Long Down. Combined totals:

Common Buzzard 2
Peregrine 1
Stock Dove 6 with a small party of Woodpigeons
Rock Pipit 4 Birling car park
Pied Wagtail 8
Redwing 2
Song Thrush 5
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4
Goldcrest 12
Starling 300
Siskin Two small parties dropped into B/T wood probably only 8 birds involved.
Lesser Redpoll 3
Corn Bunting c20

Red Admiral 1

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

31st October, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast mild SW 3

Another very mild morning. We covered Birling Lane, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Shooters Bottom, and Belle Tout wood. Met up with RB who was also covering sites on the Headland and briefly with LP at Belle Tout wood.
The Headland was very quiet with virtually no overhead migration and very few migrants on the ground. The highlight was a Yellow-browed Warbler which was seen at Birling after I had left.

Little Egret 1 off Birling
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 2
Rock Pipit 5 Birling car park
Pied Wagtail 2 W
Stonechat 5
Blackbird 12
Song Thrush 4
Redwing 6
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 Birling (per RB, and other observers)
Goldcrest 5
Raven 3
Goldfinch 40
Brambling c4 B/T wood (per LP)
Corn Bunting 10 several singing

Peregrine over the Headland

Great-spotted Woodpecker at Doreen's bird feeders.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

29th October, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast with sunny periods, mild. N wind light

A pleasant morning. We met up with RJF and JK at Birling and covered Birling lane, the Birling loop, Belle Tout wood and Shooters Bottom. RE was birding in the Hollow area and KG also covered the Cow Gap area. The area was generally very quiet and virtually no overhead migration recorded. Following are the combined totals:
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Water Rail 1 Hollow
Bonxie 1 off Cow Gap per KG
Swallow 2 W
Rock Pipit 8 (4 Birling & 4 Cow Gap area)
Ring Ouzel 6-8 present in a yew tree Foyles Way per RE
Dartford Warbler 1 Birling loop
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 14
Firecrest 2 Cow Gap per KG
Jay 1
Raven 1
Goldfinch 70 W
Lesser Redpoll 22 (12 W)
Bullfinch 2
Corn Bunting 1 singing

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

25 October, 2017, Beachy Head Overcast becoming misty over Headland SW4 decreasing 2

A better morning than yesterday although becoming misty over the headland late morning when the wind dropped. A late start for us and we met up with RE at Birling and LP also covered some of the headland sites. We covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood, and Shooters Bottom and by that time the mist was covering sites further east. Very similar cast of birds as yesterday with the Ring Ouzels still being the main feature. Small movement overhead mainly common finches.

Little Egret 1 on Birling beach
Merlin 1 Shooters Bottom (per RE)
Swallow 5 Holywell
Meadow Pipit 10 W
Ring Ouzel 7 (3 B/T per LP & 4 Shooters Bottom)
Blackbird 25 Shooters Bottom
Song Thrush 6 Shooters Bottom
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 5
Raven 1
Chaffinch 15 W
Goldfinch 200 (100 W)
Linnet 60 W