Sunday, 18 October 2015

18th October, 2015 Beachy Head Mainly fine and sunny NE 1

A beautiful windless day and we covered Birling Lane, Birling loop, and cliff path. Just small numbers of night migrants seen but  reasonable numbers of diurnal migrants moving. Highlights were six Dartford Warblers which included a party of  three one of which performed a song flight, and three singles at different locations. This has to be our maximum daily count since they stop breeding on the headland during the early 1970's.

Little Egret 3 on the beach at Birling
Grey Heron 1 on the beach at Birling
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 2
Red-legged Partridge 1
Oystercatcher 18 on the beach at Birling
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 25 E
Swallow 150 chiefly E
House Martin c500 chiefly E
Tree Pipit 1 feeding on the ground and then took off calling
Meadow Pipit 50 E
Pied Wagtail 30 E
Wren 12
Robin 20
Wheatear 1
Ring Ouzel 2
Song Thrush 2
Dartford Warbler 6
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 15
Goldcrest 15
Long-tailed Tit 2
Raven 2
Goldfinch 400 E
Siskin 10 E with others heard
Linnet 140 E
Lesser Redpoll 2 E

Female Blackcap at Birling

Goldcrest on the steps at Birling.
Now which way should I go!!


Wheatear at Birling


Some of the six Dartford Warblers seen today


Red-legged Partridge above Belle Tout wood