Saturday, 3 October 2015

3rd October, 2015 Beachy Head Sunny periods, hazy, cool at first becoming warm Wind very light

Misty drive over to Beachy but relatively clear on the headland. At long last virtually no wind so we were able to cover most of the sites with the exception of the Belle Tout loop.
Still only small numbers of night migrants recorded and other than hirundines the diurnal passage was very low. Highlights were a brief view of a Yellow-browed Warbler at Birling, Black Redstart and at least one Continental Coal Tit. Although a superb party of at least 6 and possibly 8 Bottlenosed Dolphins put on a superb display for around 10 minutes fairly close in off Birling.

Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine 2
Golden Plover 1 heard
Swallow c800
House Martin c300
Pied Wagtail 12 E
Wren 8
Robin c20
Black Redstart 1 female/1st yr
Wheatear 2
Common Whitethroat 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1 still in Hotel Garden
Blackcap 6
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 briefly with party of crests at Birling
Chiffchaff 30
Goldcrest 16
Firecrest 1
Continental Coal Tit 1 still present at Birling
Raven 2
Goldfinch 50

Clouded Yellow 1
Bottlenosed Dolphin party of 6-8 off Burling

Continental Coal Tit at Birling taken in early morning light with
a high ISO.

Lesser Whitethroat in the Hotel Garden taken in shade

The same Lesser Whitethroat taken in sunlight.
An interested individual first found yesterday and still present today,
with a noticeable brownish hue to the back, with the mask less 
distinct and quite shortish primary projections.


Bottlenosed Dolphins off Birling

Clouded Yellow in Shooters Bottom