Wednesday, 24 August 2016

24th August, 2016 Beachy Head Sunny very hot and humid SE 0-1

We could only spend a couple of hours on the Headland owing to other commitments, but many other birders present and even ARK visited Crowlink which is on the western edge of our recording area and had a nice selection of migrants. The following include records from RE, LP, and I have taken the Crowlink records from the SOS web-site. Although not quite the quality of yesterday, still good numbers of night migrants and the overhead migration included good numbers of Yellow Wagtails and Tree Pipits, Swifts and our first passage of House Martins this Autumn.

Cormorant 10 W
Little Egret 4 E off Birling
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 4
Hobby 1 Birling (per RE)
Collared Dove 1 over Birling
Swift 50+ E
Wryneck 1 again in Shooters Bottom
Swallow c400 E
House Martin c800 E many moving along the cliff edge at Icky Ridge
Tree Pipit 22 chiefly E but 2 flushed from long grass at Birling
Yellow Wagtail c90 (50 E but 20 at Crowlink and 20 at Birling in the fields)
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Redstart 10 (including 7 at Crowlink)
Whinchat 9
Wheatear 30 (including 12 at Crowlink)
Grasshopper Warbler 1 (perLP)
Sedge Warbler 6
Reed Warbler 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 56
Garden Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 24
Spotted Flycatcher 8 (all seen at Crowlink)
Pied Flycatcher 1 Hotel Garden (per LP)

Clouded Yellow 1 helice form in the Old Trapping Area (per RKH)

Some of todays Yellow Wagtails at Birling

 Nine Whinchats recorded today

Collared Dove over Birling

Sedge Warbler at Birling-Six logged today

Up to 30 Wheatears recorded.

 Our first passage this Autumn of House Martins