Tuesday, 9 August 2016

9th August, 2016 Beachy Head Sunny cool at first becoming warm N 3-4 decreasing to 1-2

What a difference a day makes, after the small numbers of migrants seen yesterday, today started slowly but by 07.00 am arrival of Willows and as the cool N wind slackened off so other migrants appeared, by late morning numbers had tailed off. We covered Birling lane and scrub opposite, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Belle Tout area. Bob and Laurence covered Whitbread Hollow, Cow Gap and the Gully. Combined totals:

Mute Swan 3 W about a mile out off Birling @ 06.20
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 1
Hobby 2 (1 Whitbread Hollow and 1 Shooters Bottom both mid-morning)
Yellow-legged Gull 1 Juv W off Birling
Cuckoo 1 ad in the Gully (per RE and LP)
Swift 2
Green Woodpecker 1 departed E from the Hotel Garden
Sand Martin 80 chiefly W
Swallow 20
Tree Pipit 1 (per LP)
Nightingale 3 croaking Whitbread Hollow
Wheatear 4
Sedge Warbler 3
Reed Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 52 (25 Hollow area and 27 Headland)
Garden Warbler 3
Blackcap 7
Chiffchaff 11
Willow Warbler 120 (30 Hollow area and 90 Headland)
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 1st W Old Trapping Area
Common Buzzard over Belle Tout wood

Wheatear at Birling car park

Willow Warbler another decent fall today


Sedge Warbler in Shooters Bottom



1stW Pied Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area

Magpie Moth in Shooters Bottom