Sunday, 25 October 2015

25th October, 2015 Beachy Head Fine sunny and calm

A beautiful morning which turned into somewhat of a frustrating day. Very few migrants present in the bushes although some visible migration recorded. We covered most of the usual sites on the headland including the rough field.
As we were on our way home, news broke that a Bluethroat had been found on the western side of Shooters Bottom. Our 26th record since 1960 although the first since 1996. We did a quick U turn and after returning to Shooters the news was that the Bluethroat had last been seen approx. an hour early.
We stayed for another hour and a half with no joy and we decided to leave. An excellent find by Keith and Bob.

Little Egret 1 feeding in the overflow car park at Birling
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine 1
Golden Plover 1 flew over Birling
Stock Dove 40 W
Wood Pigeon c100 S
Short-eared Owl 1 in rough field
Skylark 165 (120 in rough field and 45 E)
Swallow 5
Meadow Pipit 40
Pied Wagtail 10 E
Wheatear 1
Fieldfare 1
Dartford Warbler 3
Chiffchaff 3
Goldcrest 3
Starling 45 N
Brambling 4
Greenfinch 3
Goldfinch c100 E
Linnet 50
Lesser Redpoll 31
Reed Bunting 4 (3 W)
Corn Bunting 2

Little Egret feeding in the overflow car park at Birling

Golden Plover over Birling


Short-eared Owl in the rough field.

Common Buzzard over Birling

A huge Falcon (approx. twice the size of a Peregrine) causing havoc 
amongst the local corvids and gulls, it even attacked a Herring

The Falconer trying to recover his falcon.