Wednesday, 26 October 2016

26th October, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast mild with very light wind becoming W 1-2

We covered Birling lane, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and Belle Tout wood. We met up with a number of other observers including SL who also covered Micheldene and other areas around Birling and Belle Tout, LP who covered Belle Tout loop and other areas and RE who was ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
Virtually no diurnal migration was recorded but a small fall of late migrants which included 9 Black Redstarts, a late 1stW male Common Redstart, and the first Woodcock of the Autumn. Combined totals as follows:

Gannet c300 feeding off Birling
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1 chasing the Woodcock
Golden Plover 1 heard
Woodcock 1 Birling
Tawny Owl 1 Hollow
Swallow 1
Rock Pipit 2 (1 standing on the roof of a bungalow)
Pied Wagtail 15
Robin 20+
Black Redstart 9 (3 Birling, 1Micheldene, 2 B/T lighthouse, 1 Shooters Bottom, 1 Old Trapping Area and
                            1 near the Hotel Garden)
Common Redstart 1 1stW male near the Hotel Garden.
Blackbird 25
Song Thrush 11 (1 Continental bird trapped)
Redwing 4
Mistle Thrush 1
Dartford Warbler 3-4
Blackcap 3
Chiffchaff c20
Goldcrest 8
Goldfinch c100
Siskin 3
Redpoll 2
Reed Bunting 6

Speckled Wood 1
Clouded Yellow 1
Small Copper 1

Two of today's Black Redstarts-A total of 9 seen today.

Around 20 Chiffchaffs mostly in the Hollow

A late Small Copper near Icky Ridge