Monday, 15 August 2016

15th August, 2016 Beachy Head Clear sunny E 3-4

A fine clear sunny morning albeit with a strong easterly breeze. With the easterly breeze, still no sign of any continental migrants which was disappointing with Willow Warblers still making up most of the migrants seen. Overhead migration consisted mainly of small numbers of hirundines moving E, 1 Yellow Wagtail W, and LP had 4 Turnstone still in summer plumage move W over the Headland. A juv. Yellow-legged Gull flew E over the top fields.  We covered most of the Headland sites meeting up with a number of other observers and Bob and John Marchant were trapping in Whitbread Hollow. Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Turnstone 4 W in summer plumage over the Headland (per LP)
Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv E over the top fields
Tawny Owl 1 sat on road-side early morning near the Hollow
Green Woodpecker 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 20 E
Swallow 60 E
Rock Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail 1 W
Nightingale 1
Wheatear 4
Song Thrush 2
Cetti's Warbler 1 still present in Whitbread Hollow
Reed Warbler 8
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 23
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 60
Jay 1

Painted Lady 1
Clouded Yellow 1
Kestrel near Belle Tout

Sparrowhawk in moult over Birling

Another arrival of Willow Warblers at Birling

Clouded Yellow in Shooters Bottom