Saturday, 18 July 2015

18th July, 2015 Beachy Head Fine Sunny and warm W 2 increasing to 3

We spent 4 hours birding most of the Headland sites:

Little Egret 2
Common Buzzard 1
Mediterranean Gull 7 adults E
Collared Dove 2 W
Swift 28 W
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 Shooters Bottom
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 10
Meadow Pipit c40
Song Thrush 2
Common Whitethroat 25
Blackcap 2 singing
Willow Warbler 1 1stW.
Raven 1
Starling c50
Greenfinch 1 male
Goldfinch c30
Linnet c50
Corn Bunting 2 singing

Again good numbers of common downland butterflies with many Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, 40+ Marbled Whites, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Painted Ladies, 6 Dark Green Fritillaries and 3-4 White-lettered Hairstreaks.


Possible variant Meadow Brown


Worn White-lettered Hairstreak