Monday, 29 August 2016

29th August, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast becoming warm and sunny N 1 to W 1

With another change in the wind direction and some early morning showers we were again hopeful for a fall of migrants but generally fairly low numbers seen. We met up with JK at Birling and covered Birling lane and scrub opposite, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Cliff Path and Belle Tout wood. RE with members of the BHRG were ringing in Whitbread Hollow. Highlights was a Pied Flycatcher in Whitbread Hollow.
Combined Totals as follows:

Grey Heron 1 over Birling
Common Buzzard 3
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Tawny Owl 2 Hollow
Swallow 50
House Martin 58
Yellow Wagtail 13
Common Redstart 1 male
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 2
Song Thrush 3
Cetti's Warbler 1 still present in the Hollow
Grasshopper Warbler 2 (1 Shooters Bottom and 1 Hollow)
Reed Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 33
Blackcap 8
Willow Warbler 33 (10 Hollow and 23 Headland)
Pied Flycatcher 1 Whitbread Hollow
Goldfinch 40
Linnet 80

Two of today's Willow Warblers

Beautiful male Redstart in Shooters Bottom

Two of today's Common Buzzards over Belle Tout