Wednesday, 15 August 2018

15th August, 2018 Beachy Head Overcast mild WNW 4-5

A breezy morning which made birding the sites difficult. We only made a brief 2 hour visit and covered Birling lane, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area. In the areas covered very few migrants were present and again no diurnal migration was seen.

Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 1
Swallow 7
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 12
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 12

Autumn Ladies Tresses we could only see 2 at Birling lane, this time last year over 200

Could only find 2 Autumn Ladies Tresses at Birling,
last year c200 were showing.

Lesser Whitethroats in Shooters Bottom.

For comparison a picture of a Blyth's Lesser Whitethroat taken
late September, 2017, on Unst, Shetland Islands.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

14th August, 2018 Beachy Head Fine and sunny becoming overcast NE 1 increasing 2

A beautiful calm morning but it proved very disappointing for the numbers of migrants seen today.
We covered Shooters Bottom, Hotel Garden and the bushes near the toilet block, Icky Ridge, Old Trapping Area and Belle Tout wood and scrub. Bob and 2 members of the BHRG were ringing and watching in Whitbread Hollow. Highlights were 2 Grasshopper Warblers, a Nightingale and an early Goldcrest.
Combined Totals:

Sparrowhawk 2 Hollow
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 2
Green Woodpecker 3 (2 Headland and 1 Hollow)
Great-spotted Woodpecker 2 (1 fly over Headland and 1 Hollow)
Swallow 5
House Martin 1
Nightingale 1 Hollow
Wheatear 1
Grasshopper Warbler 2 Hollow( 1 re-trap from 11/8)
Sedge Warbler 1 Hollow
Reed Warbler 3 Headland
Lesser Whitethroat 3 (2 Headland and 1 Hollow)
Common Whitethroat 43 (23 Headland and 20 Hollow)
Blackcap 5 (3 Headland and 2 Hollow)
Willow Warbler 45 (20 Headland and 25 Hollow)
Goldcrest 1
Bullfinch 1

Still reasonable numbers of Chalkhill and Common Blues present on the Headland.

Wall Butterfly

Sunday, 12 August 2018

12th August, 2018 Beachy Head Overcast and warm S 3 backing SW 2.

RAB visited the Headland and sea-watched for 30 minutes and then covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood and scrub, Shooters Bottom and walked across to Bulling Dean, Hotel Garden and the toilet block bushes.
Very few Willow Warblers present this morning, and no diurnal migration recorded. A Hobby moved W over the Headland.

Gannet 60 E in 30 minutes
Red-legged Partridge 5
Green Woodpecker 1
Common Buzzard 1
Hobby 1 W over the Headland
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 2
Sand Martin 8
Song Thrush 1
Wheatear 3
Stonechat 14
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 2
Common Whitethroat 35
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 3
Raven 1
Yellowhammer 1

Saturday, 11 August 2018

11th August, 2018 Beachy Head. Fine sunny and warm. Wind very light

A beautiful calm morning. We visited Shooters Bottom, Toilet block bushes, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge, The Old Trapping Area and Birling lane. RE was ringing and watching in Whitbread Hollow.
A reasonable fall of common migrants, but virtually no diurnal migration was seen. Shooters Bottom was very active for the first 30 minutes but then the area became fairly quiet and probably most of the migrants had moved on, and very few migrants were seen at the other Headland sites. In Whitbread Hollow the 5 Grasshopper Warblers were all trapped just after dawn.
Combined Totals
Red-legged Partridge 6
Green Woodpecker 1 juv. Headland
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 8
Nightingale 1 Hollow
Stonechat 5
Wheatear 1
Song Thrush 7
Grass-hopper Warbler 5 Hollow
Sedge Warbler 3 (2 Headland and 1 Hollow)
Reed Warbler 16 (9 Headland and 7 Hollow)
Lesser Whitethroat 7 Headland
Common Whitethroat 56 (36 Headland and 20 Hollow)
Garden Warbler 4 Hollow
Blackcap 10 (4 Headland and 6 Hollow)
Willow Warbler 44 (24 Headland and 20 Hollow)
Jay 1
Raven 6
Starling 50
Goldfinch 40
Bullfinch 1 Hollow
Corn Bunting 6

Song Thrush in Shooters Bottom

Sedge Warbler appeared to be feeding on the ripe 
elderberry berries in Shooters Bottom

Looks like he has been enjoying the ripe berries

16 Reed Warblers were logged today

Our best day this year for Lesser Whitethroats.

Friday, 10 August 2018

10th August, 2018 Beachy Head Early morning heavy rain becoming sunny. W 1 increasing 6

As we left Burgess Hill it looked a fine calm morning. Heavy rain from Lewes to Seaford, arrived at Beachy to overcast conditions with very wet roads and still calm. We first visited Shooters Bottom where small numbers of warblers were very active and may have dropped in after the heavy rain had stopped. As we walked through Shooters activity soon dropped off and unfortunately the wind now increased.
We then covered the bushes near the toilet block, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge, Old Trapping Area and Belle Tout scrub and wood. The wind had now increased to a force 6 so we decided on a brief sea-watch but no sign of any Shearwaters.
RE covered the Hollow, Francis Bottom (very windy) and Belle Tout wood after the rain had stopped.
A small arrival of common migrants which included 2 Pied Flycatchers, and 1 Hobby but no sign of any diurnal migration. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull drifted W above the cliffs.

Fulmar 1
Gannet c40 offshore
Kestrel 2
Hobby 1 Hollow area
Peregrine 2
Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv. drifting W above the cliffs at the Old Trapping Area.
Green Woodpecker 1
Wheatear 1
Song Thrush 3
Grasshopper Warbler 1 Hollow area
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 7
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 56 (20 Headland and 36 Hollow area)
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 28 (26 Headland and 2 Hollow)
Pied Flycatcher 2
Blue Tit Party of 12 moved through B/T wood, mainly juveniles.
Goldfinch 40

Small arrival of Willow Warblers on the Headland.

The first Pied Flycatched-quite a drab looking bird.

The second Pied Flycatcher-a much brighter individual.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

9th August, 2018 Overcast with rain most of the morning.

RAB visited the Hotel Garden and toilet block bushes, Old Trapping Area and met up with RB in Shooters Bottom before the rain started. Again just small numbers of warblers seen and the highlight being a Cuckoo present in the Old Trapping Area.
Combined totals:
Kestrel 1
Cuckoo 1 in the Old Trapping Area (our 3rd so far this Autumn)
Song Thrush 3
Sedge Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 14
Willow Warbler 11

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

8th August, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny but cool W 4-5

With the hot weather now history and with a cool breeze we covered Shooters Bottom, Hotel garden and toilet car park bushes, Icky Ridge, Old Trapping Area and a short sea-watch from Birling. RE covered Birling lane and Belle Tout area, and the Cornish Farm track.
Again no diurnal migration recorded, and just low numbers of summer migrants which were probably mainly left-overs from previous days.

Fulmar 1
Gannet c25 off Birling
Little Egret 1 Birling beach
Common Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Pied Wagtail 3 Birling
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Common Whitethroat 18
Willow Warbler 16
Raven 3
Sedge Warbler Shooters Bottom

Lesser Whitethroat on Icky Ridge.