Thursday, 12 May 2016

12th May, 2016 Beachy Head Misty and cool becoming sunny and warm NE 3

Covered most of the sites on the Headland including the Rides and walked down into Whitbread Hollow. We received a text message from Laurence advising us that he had just seen 2 Red-rumped Swallows in Whitbread Hollow around the cliffs and we quickly made our way there and joined Laurence and had some excellent views as they were often flying over the cliffs. KG, RKH and RB also joined us and the birds left the Hollow around 10.15am. What were presumably the same two birds were seen in the Shooters Bottom area during the afternoon. Otherwise just the odd new migrant seen in the area. The Hooded Crow was again seen.

Red Kite 1 over the Headland
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 2
Swift 1
Swallow c20
Red-rumped Swallow 2 (first seen in Whitbread Hollow and  
  presumably the same 2 seen in the afternoon at Shooters 
  Bottom area). Our 15th record of 17 individuals.
House Martin 2 E
Reed Warbler 1 singing Birling
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 25
Chiffchaff 3 
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Hooded Crow 1 E over Whitbread Hollow (perLP)
Raven 2 young stood together on a stack
Corn Bunting 3

Wall Butterfly 5
Dingy Skipper 2
Painted Lady 1 (LP)





2 Red-rumped Swallows in Whitbread Hollow

Dingy Skipper in Whitbread Hollow