Wednesday, 14 October 2015

14th October, 2015 Beachy Head Fine and sunny but with a cool NNE 5-6 wind

Once again a strong NNE wind which again made birding very difficult looking for migrants in the bushes. We covered most of the sites on the head including the Cliff Path but didn't attempt the Birling loop. Nice early morning arrival of thrushes of which the majority quickly moved off inland but otherwise very few migrants seen in the bushes and visible migration was very poor although the highlight was another Red Kite which drifted E and proved to be a different bird to that seen on the 10th.

Red Kite 1 drifted E @ 10.45 over the top fields. (Different plumage to that seen on the 10th)
Kestrel 3
Pheasant 6
Skylark 6W
Swallow c300
House Martin c300
Pied Wagtail 5 E
Ring Ouzel 7
Blackbird 10
Fieldfare 6 (5 N)
Redwing 105 (80 N)
Song Thrush 42 (many moved inland)
Chiffchaff 8
Goldcrest 5
Raven 2
Chaffinch 12 E
Greenfinch 5 W
Goldfinch 80
Siskin 6 others heard

Part of the arrival of Redwings at Birling


Redwings over Birling

House Martins and Swallows at Birling

Red Kite over the top fields.