Friday, 11 September 2015

11th September, 2015 Beachy Head Fine sunny and warm ESE 1 to 2

A superb autumnal morning with fabulous light. Covered all the main sites on the headland but again night migrants were in short supply. Large numbers of hirundines were on the move also several Yellow Wagtails but the highlight was a stunning Short-eared Owl which came in over the sea at 08.05 and then gave a command performance as it flew around us for 20 minutes before dropping down into the gorse.

Little Egret 3
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 2
Red-legged Partridge heard
Short-eared Owl 1 in from the sea @ 08.05
Sand Martin c60+ E
Swallow c1,500 E
House Martin c3,000 chiefly E
Meadow Pipit 60
Rock Pipit 2
Yellow Wagtail 24 (19 E)
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Pied Wagtail 5
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 9
Grasshopper Warbler 1 at Birling
Common Whitethroat 6
Blackcap 4
Chiffchaff 5
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 1
Goldfinch c100
Siskin 6 plus other heard

Clouded Yellow 1

Spotted Flycatcher enjoying the early morning sun.

A tired Wheatear at Belle Tout

Short-eared Owl arriving over the sea

Short-eared Owl taken in strong sunlight

Some of today's Siskins.