Friday, 17 March 2017

17th March, 2017 Beachy Head Hazy sunshine, clear NW-W 2 increasing to 4

We sea-watched from 07.10-07.40 but as expected virtually no movement recorded. We then covered Birling Lane, Birling loop, Belle Tout wood, Cornish Farm track, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. Small arrival of night migrants which included 5 Wheatears and 2 fine White Wagtails feeding with 8 Pied Wagtails.

Brent Goose 6 E
Peregrine 2
Greater Black Backed Gull 150 W over the cliffs
Green Woodpecker 2
Meadow Pipit 15
Pied Wagtail 8
White Wagtail 2
Robin 20
Stonechat 8
Wheatear 5 (4 males and 1 female)
Redwing 2
Chiffchaff 20
Goldfinch 25
Linnet 25
Corn Bunting c20 many singing

Late news for yesterday: Richard Butler birded several sites on the Headland and recorded 11 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 45 Brent Geese E, 1 Redwing and 1 Yellowhammer.

Male Wheatear-4 males and 1 female seen today.

 Two of the twenty Chiffchaffs seen today.
Pied Wagtail

The first White Wagtail showing some head moult

 The second White Wagtail