Friday, 9 October 2015

9th October, 2015 Beachy Head Fine and clear NE 1

Another very clear and sunny morning. We covered most of the main sites on the headland including Belle Tout loop and another small fall of Crests and Chiffchaffs both of which were fast moving inland during the first hour of light. Diurnal migration was also fairly short lived with chiefly hirundines and Goldfinches.

Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 14 E
Swallow 150
House Martin 500
Meadow Pipit 50
Rock Pipit 4
Pied Wagtail 12 E
Wren 12
Robin 15
Stonechat 10
Wheatear 1
Blackcap 5
Chiffchaff 35 majority moved inland during early morning
Goldcrest 40 majority moved inland with the Chiffchaffs.
Raven Party of 4
Chaffinch 40+
Greenfinch 2
Goldfinch 400 (250 E)
Siskin Several heard
Linnet 100 E
Lesser Redpoll 5 E
Corn Bunting 1

Clouded Yellow 1

(Roger, Bob and Keith first visited the Old Trapping Area during the early morning and had Dartford Warbler, Firecrest and Black Redstart with Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs but these birds all moved off east shortly after their arrival. They also saw a Merlin and Ring Ouzel nearby).

House Martins feeding low over the downs near Belle Tout.



Few of today's Goldcrests moving inland above Birling during
the early morning. One flew out and tried to land on my head. 
Virtually all had gone by 08.30am.