Sunday, 3 January 2021

2nd January, 2021 Beachy Head Wind W 1

 RAB carried out a sea-watch from 08.10-09.10 in calm conditions and also covered Belle Tout area and Shooters Bottom during the morning and recorded the following: Red-throated Diver 6 (3 E and 3 W, possibly the same birds), Fulmar 1, Gannet 26 (12 E, 8 W and 6 on the sea), Wigeon 5 E,  Common Scoter 2 E, Sparrow Hawk 1 Belle Tout scrub, Peregrine 1. Common Gull 2W,  Auk Sp. 97 (75 E and 22 W),  Guillemot 3 E,  Razorbill 65 (55 E and 10 on the sea), 

Monday, 30 November 2020

29th & 30th November, 2020 Beachy Head

29th November, 2020

RE and two colleagues went ringing in Whitbread Hollow. As expected not a lot of bird activity with a Firecrest being the highlight.

Sparrow Hawk 2, Kestrel 1, Tawny Owl 2, Green Woodpecker 1, Blackbird 10, Goldcrest 2, Firecrest 1, Jay 1, Siskin 2.

30th Novmber, 2020

RE and MB again went ringing in Whitbread Hollow although thick fog put paid to much birding activity although a Woodcock was flushed which is our first record this year. 

Tawny Owl 1, Woodcock 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Blackbird 10, Redwing 1, Goldcrest 1, Jay 1                                                             

Monday, 23 November 2020

22nd and 23rd November, 2020 Beachy Head

22nd November, 2020

RE and AB were ringing this morning in Whitbread Hollow, but very few birds were recorded.

Kestrel 1, Woodpigeon 70, Tawny Owl 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Song Thrush 1 continental type ringed,  Goldcrest 2, Long-tailed Tit 8, Jay 2, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 6.

23rd November, 2020

RE and SM were again ringing in Whitbread Hollow and reported an increase with bird activity from yesterday within the Hollow.

Little Egret 1 on the playing field, Sparrow hawk 1, Tawny Owl 1, Robin 10, Redwing 1, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 2 (one was typical collybita type and the other had the appearance of an  abietinus type),  Goldcrest 6, Firecrest 2, Jay 2, Lesser Redpoll 36.

Friday, 20 November 2020

20th November, 2020 Beachy Head

LP visited the Headland and had a small movement of Goldfinches and Redpolls, also 3 Dartford Warbler on the Headland, and RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and the highlights were 3 Firecrests, up to 30 Lesser Redpolls. and a Water Rail calling, which is our first since Feb 2018, this bird probably over-wintered.

Sparrow Hawk 1, Tawny Owl 1, Wood Pigeon 250 in the Hollow,  Water Rail 1 calling in the Hollow, Blackbird 10 Hollow, Redwing 2 Hollow, Dartford Warbler 3 Headland, Blackcap 2 Hollow, Goldcrest 12 Hollow, Firecrest 3 Hollow, Jay 2, Siskin 2 Hollow, Lesser Redpoll 30 Hollow.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

9th and 10th November, 2020 Beachy Head

 9th November, 2020

RE was again ringing in Whitbread Hollow but a quieter morning and only a few birds ringed. Goldcrests numbers were down to 10 also 3 Firecrests (no retraps so far this Autumn) proving to be the highlight.  

Kestrel 1, Woodpigeon 60, Great-spotted Woodpecker 1, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 10,  Firecrest  3, Long-tailed Tit 6, Jay 1, Lesser Redpoll 5, Bullfinch 1. 

10th November, 2020  

RE spent 2.5 hours and covered Birling lane, and the Birling Gap to Belle Tout loop. LP was also covering some sites on the Headland. A very quiet morning with only a few Goldcrests and a Dartford Warbler singing at Birling, and very little seen moving over the Headland.

Little Egret 2 in the fields near Birling, Common Buzzard 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Dartford Warbler 1 at Birling, Goldcrest just small numbers seen on the Headland, Siskin 12 E, Raven 2.


Sunday, 8 November 2020

8th November, 2020 Beachy Head

RE and Ansy Boothroyd  were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and LP visited various sites on the Headland. No real count was made from the Headland other than similar numbers of Crests as yesterday and with  the finch overhead passage much reduced, and it appeared quieter in the Hollow other than for reasonable numbers of Crests and Redpolls. 

Tawny Owl 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Blackcap 1, Dartford Warbler 1 singing Headland (LP), Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 20 in the Hollow and with good numbers still on the Headland but no count made, Firecrest 2 Hollow, Raven 1 Jay 2, Lesser Redpoll 45, Siskin 10, Bullfinch 1

Saturday, 7 November 2020

6th and 7th November, 2020 Beachy Head

6th November, 2020

 LP and AQ both independently visited the Headland but with a strong breeze blowing made birding around the bushes very difficult and other than Goldcrests very few migrants were recorded.

Combined totals: Swallow 1, Rock Pipit 1, Goldcrest 60+ across the Headland, Firecrest 1 Headland, Goldfinch 500 E, Yellow Hammer 1 Cornish farm track, 

7th November, 2020

LP visited the Headland and RE and MB were ringing in Whitbread Hollow. Good numbers of Goldcrests and also 6 Firecrests, 5 of which were ringed. Good numbers of Goldfinches moving E.

Combined totals: Wood Lark 1 Headland (LP), Swallow 2 E, Song Thrush 3 continental types trapped and ringed in the Hollow, Chiffchaff 2 on the Headland, Goldcrest 180 (120 Headland, 60 Hollow), Firecrest 6 (5 ringed Hollow, 1 Headland), Long-tailed Tit 10 Hollow, Goldfinch c1,000 E, Crossbill 2 Headland, Lesser Redpoll 40 Hollow,