Wednesday, 31 August 2016

31st August, 2016 Beachy Head Very clear fine and sunny SW 1-2

We met up with RJF and RKH and covered Birling lane and scrub area, Belle Tout wood, and Shooters Bottom. Also saw RK briefly. A film crew was filming on the headland and taken over the car parks and we therefore decided to leave and RJF continued his visit and covered a number of sites including Crowlink. LP was birding the Hotel Garden area. Generally a quieter day than yesterday up to when we left, although at least 2 Pied Flycatchers and the Wryneck were seen. Also LP had a Ortolan Bunting which flew over with 2 Chaffinches calling.

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 2
Kestrel 2
Wryneck 1 Shooters Bottom (perRK)
Swallow c600 mainly E
Sand Martin 12
House Martin 25
Yellow Wagtail 34
Common Redstart 4
Whinchat 6
Wheatear 8
Grasshopper Warbler 1 Hotel Garden (perLP)
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat c60
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 33
Spotted Flycatcher 5
Pied Flycatcher 2 (1 Birling and 1+ Hotel Garden)
Ortolan Bunting 1 flyover the Hotel Garden calling with 2 Chaffinches.

Pied Flycatcher directly above my head at Birling

Reed Warbler eyeing up breakfast

Reed Warbler catching breakfast in Shooters Bottom