Saturday, 11 July 2015

11th July, 2015 Beachy Head Fine sunny and becoming hot NW 1

Covered most of the main sites on the Headland. Only movement recorded were 12 Sand Matins and 15 Swifts moving W. The highlight were 2 superb White-lettered Hairstreaks our first sighting for about 4 years.

Common Scoter 12 E
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Whimbrel 1 W
Mediterranean Gull 4 W
Black-headed Gull c70 W
Swift 15 W
Sand Martin 12 W
Pied Wagtail. 3 (1 ad and 2 juvs)
Stonechat 8
Common Whitethroat 12
Raven 2
Starling 40
Goldfinch 10
Linnet 50
Yellowhammer 2
Corn Bunting 4

Again good numbers of Butterflies which included 50 Marbled Whites, 2 Painted Ladies, Both Common and Chalk Hill Blues, 5 Dark Green Fritillaries, and the 2 superb White-lettered Hairstreaks. A small influx of around 10 Silver Y moths also occurred.

Male Yellowhammer at Belle Tout

(taken by David Cooper)
Whimbrel moving W off Birling

Painted Lady in the Old Trapping Area

Silver Y moth in Shooters Bottom

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars


2 White-lettered Hairstreaks.