Friday, 19 July 2019

19th July, 2019 Beachy Head and Newhaven Harbour Overcast with rain from 08.30 Wind W 1 increasing to 3

Just a short visit until the rain started around 08.30 and with the wind increasing. We covered Birling lane, Birling scrub, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area. RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow but for a short period until the rain started. Very few migrants seen with 4 Reed Warblers in the Hollow were the best.
Combined Totals:

Little Egret 1 Birling beach
Tawny Owl 1 Hollow
Song Thrush 2
Stonechat 10 (5 Headland and 5 Hollow)
Reed Warbler 4 Hollow
Blackcap 3 Hollow
Common Whitethroat 10 (9 Headland and 1 Hollow)
Chiffchaff 2 Hollow
Goldfinch 25
Linnet 10

We stopped off at Newhaven Harbour on our way home, but still raining with the tide on the way out. Fair numbers of Gulls present on the beach which included 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 25 juvenile Herring Gulls with around 30 other Herring Gulls, and 25 adult Black-headed Gulls.

Juv.Herring Gull (left bird) with the 2 juv.Yellow-legged Gulls.




Two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls at Newhaven Harbour.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

17th July, 2019 Beachy Head Sunny calm and warm S 0-1

A beautiful calm sunny morning. We covered Birling lane and scrub opposite, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, radio mast bushes, Belle Tout wood. RE was ringing and watching in Whitbread Hollow.
Very few new migrants seen today, with yesterday's Cuckoo was still present in Shooters Bottom, 8 Sand Martins flew over the Headland, a Nightingale was heard calling in Whitbread Hollow, but the surprise of the day was a Tawny Owl which was flushed at very close range in Shooters Bottom.
Combined totals:

Kestrel 1
Cuckoo 1 Shooters Bottom
Tawny Owl 1 flushed in Shooters Bottom
Swift 1 E
Green Woodpecker 1 Hollow
Sand Martin 8 Headland
Swallow 11 Headland
Nightingale 1 calling Hollow
Stonechat 6 Headland
Song Thrush 1 Hollow
Sedge Warbler 1 Birling scrub
Common Whitethroat 14 Headland
Blackcap 6 (5 Hollow and 1 Headland)
Chiffchaff 2 Hollow
Raven 1 Headland
Starling 70 on radio mast
Goldfinches 60 with many juveniles on Headland
Linnet 15 on Headland
Corn Bunting 6

Meadow Brown 30
Gatekeeper c100
Chalk Hill Blue 1
Small Blue 2
Small Copper 1
Marbled White 12
Large Skipper 2
Small Skipper c20
Essex Skipper 2
Small White 6

Birling lane leading up to the pine copse



Female Small Blue


Monday, 15 July 2019

15th July, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast cool NE 2

We covered Birling lane, Birling scrub, Shooters Bottom, Radio mast bushes, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Old Trapping Area and Belle Tout wood and scrub.  With the cool overcast conditions, butterfly numbers were very low. RE was ringing and watching in Whitbread Hollow. Met up with RB who was also covering some of the sites on the Headland.
A small arrival of migrants which included a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler.
On our way home we had a Red Kite soaring over the road at Cooksbridge.
Combined totals:

Fulmar 1
Common Buzzard 1 Belle Tout
Peregrine 1 pair
Green Woodpecker 1 Hollow
Swallow 2
Pied Wagtail 4
Nightingale 1 calling in Shooters Bottom
Stonechat 8 (6 Headland and 2 Hollow).
Grasshopper Warbler 1 juv. Hollow
Sedge Warbler 4 (3 Birling scrub and 1 Hollow)
Reed Warbler 1 Hollow
Common Whitethroat 18 (15 Headland and 3 Hollow)
Blackcap 10 (2 Headland and 8 Hollow)
Chiffchaff 15 Hollow
Willow Warbler 1 ad female trapped Hollow
Long-tailed Tit 4 (at least 2 juvs ) Hollow
Corn Bunting 6

Grey Seal 3 together off Birling

An evening visit to the Headland by LP found 3 juv Yellow-legged Gulls in a gull flock behind Hodcombe and another Reed Warbler in Shooters Bottom.

Three Grey Seals off Birling

 



 

Four Sedge Warblers were seen today.

Common Whitethroat on Icky Ridge

Male Chalk Hill Blue at Belle Tout


Saturday, 13 July 2019

13th July, 2019 Beachy Head Sunny with cool N breeze.

Another early morning visit to Shooters Bottom where 1 Nightingale was present. We then covered Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Cliff Path, Belle Tout wood and Birling scrub. No other returning migrants could be found although small increase in Common Whitethroat numbers.

Common Buzzard 3 Headland
Kestrel 1 male
Herring Gull c300 feeding off Cow Gap
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 B/T wood
Nightingale 1 Shooters Bottom
Common Whitethroat 20
Chiffchaff 1
Song Thrush 2 Shooters Bottom
Rook c350 Birling fields
Goldfinch 15 Headland
Linnet 15 Headland
Corn Bunting 6

Meadow Brown 30
Gatekeeper c150
Chalk Hill Blue 4 plus 2 in the Hollow
Marbled White 25
Large Skipper 2
Small Skipper 10
White-lettered Hairstreak 2
Dark Green Fritillary 1
Red Admiral 1
Comma 3 in the Hollow
Silver Y moth 2

Round Headed Rampion 10 found along the Cliff Path.

RE and other members of the BHRG were setting the mist-nets in Whitbread Hollow and trapped 2 juv. Reed Warblers and a third bird was singing nearby.

Nightingale in Shooters Bottom

 
White-lettered Hairstreak

Dark Green Fritillary - my first for this year.

Small Skipper

Red Admiral

10 new Round Headed Rampions were found along the 
Cliff Path.









Thursday, 11 July 2019

10th and 11th July, 2019 Near Burgess Hill, Beachy Head and Newhaven Harbour

10th July, 2019 Near Burgess Hill
Driving out of Burgess Hill towards Haywards Heath a Red Kite flew alongside the road for a short while.

11th July, 2019 Beachy Head and Newhaven Harbour Overcast at first becoming sunny and humid. W 1

We first visited Shooters Bottom and located 2 Nightingales calling, both were very elusive with poor views of one. Also no Common Whitethroats were seen here which was surprising. We then visited the Old Trapping Area, Radio mast bushes, Icky Ridge, Belle Tout wood and Birling lane. Very few birds present in the area other than corvids.

Little Egret 1
Common Buzzard 1 over Shooters Bottom
Peregrine 1 female over Shooters Bottom
Swallow 10 Birling
Pied Wagtail 4 Birling
Nightingale 2 Shooters Bottom
Stonechat 6
Song Thrush 2 Shooters Bottom
Blackcap 1 male B/T wood
Chiffchaff 1 singing B/T wood
Long-tailed Tit 5-6 Shooters Bottom
Jackdaw c300 Birling fields
Rook c200 Birling fields
Goldfinch c15 (no juvs. seen today)
Linnet 10 Headland

No butterfly count made today although 1 Red Admiral was seen.

LP had a juv. Yellow-legged Gull go W over Birling around mid-day.

On our way home we called into Newhaven Harbour with the tide on the way out. About 40 large gulls were loafing on the beach which included 1 juv. Black-headed Gull and 5 juv. Herring Gulls but no sign of  any juv. Yellow-legged Gulls here yet.

Monday, 8 July 2019

8th July, 2019 Beachy Head and Newhaven Harbour Overcast warm and humid E 3-4

We visited Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area. Icky Ridge, Cliff Path and Radio mast bushes and Belle Tout wood. The Headland was generally quiet with far fewer Common Whitethroats seen with probably local dispersal has taken place away from the headland.

Common Buzzard 2 Cow Gap
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1 pair over Shooters Bottom
Swift 1 E
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 B/T wood
Lesser Whitethroat 2 Shooters Bottom
Common Whitethroat 7
Blackcap 3 Headland
Long-tailed Tit 3 Shooters Bottom

Meadow Brown c30
Gatekeeper c40
Small Heath 2
Marbled White c40
Small Skipper 4

Round-headed Rampion (aka The Pride of Sussex) 2

Late news from yesterday of 2 Nightingale calling in Shooters Bottom (per LP and JP), but no sign of any today.

For anyone who may be interested, I have published this Spring's bird summary from Beachy Head, including the sea-watching, on the following blog: beachyheadbirding.blogspot.com/

On our way home, we called in at Newhaven Harbour at low tide. About 100 large gulls loafing around on the beach but no sign of any juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls although 2 very juvenile Herring Gulls were present.






male Kestrel and Magpie having a disagreement in Cow Gap
which the Magpie clearly won.

Two Round-headed Rampions which is the County
flower of Sussex and is also known as the Pride of Sussex
seen along the Cliff Path

The Pride of Sussex

Friday, 5 July 2019

5th July, 2109 Beachy Head Chiefly overcast hot and humid Wind W 3 decreasing to 1-2

We first visited Shooters Bottom but no sign or sound of the Nightingale and fewer Whitethroats although a Lesser Whitethroat was seen. We then covered Birling lane, and the scrub opposite, the Old Trapping Area and Belle Tout wood and with the humidity I became very tired so we called it a day.

Fulmar 3
Little Egret 1 Birling beach
Swift 6 high W
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 B/T wood
Rock Pipit 1 Birling car park
Pied Wagtail family party of 5 at Birling
Song Thrush 2 Shooters Bottom
Lesser Whitethroat 1 Shooters Bottom
Common Whitethroat 18
Long-tailed Tit 5 juvs. Shooters bottom

Meadow Brown c40
Gatekeeper c40
Small Copper 1
Marbled White c40

Common Whitethroat carrying food.

Small Copper


Marbled White