Wednesday, 7 September 2016

7th September, 2016 Beachy Head Early mist clearing and becoming sunny, hot and humid. SE 0-1

We covered Birling lane, Belle Tout area (not wood), Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. Also carried out a raptor watch. RE was trapping in Whitbread Hollow, we also met up with RKH. and GG. SL covered much of the Headland including the area above Birling.
With light SE winds, expectations were high but generally only a small arrival of common night migrants with little evidence of  continental birds. Blackcap numbers continue to increase in the Hollow, and SL found a Pied Fly and our first Firecrest of the Autumn on his walk above Birling.
After the mist had cleared, a good passage of House Martins, and Swallows with 4 Swifts. Raptors included a Hobby E, Osprey moved S out to sea, a juv. Marsh Harrier and a probable Honey Buzzard but just to far to be certain. Left Simon and Geoff raptor watching, so perhaps more to come.

Probable Honey Buzzard 1 (Seen by JFC and RKH from the Old Trapping Area
 also seen by SL and GG from Shooters Bottom)
Marsh Harrier 1 juv (per GG & SL)
Sparrowhawk 2 (including a very large bird-see pics below)
Common Buzzard 2
Osprey 1 S out to sea @ 11.10 (per GG & SL)
Hobby 1 E along the cliffs
Peregrine 1
Tawny Owl 2 Hollow
Swift 4 E
Wryneck 1 still Shooters Bottom
Sand Martin c70 E
Swallow c1,000 mainly E
House Martin c2,500 mainly E
Tree Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 2 E
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 4
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 10
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 55 (30 Hollow & 25 Headland)
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 68
Chiffchaff 15
Willow Warbler 17
Firecrest 1 above Birling (per SL)
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 above Birling (per SL)
Corn Bunting Flock of 15 at Birling

Clouded Yellow 5
Comma 1

Sedge Warbler in Shooters Bottom

Common Swift - Four were seen today

Large heavy looking Sparrowhawk originally seen in Shooters Bottom 
and later flew over near Icky Ridge.