Monday, 24 July 2017

23rd & 24th July, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast with periods of drizzel N 2 increasing to 4

23rd July, 2017

RE and MB went ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had a small arrival of night migrants which included 4 Grasshopper Warblers trapped. 
RJF covered Crowlink to Belle Tout with a Cuckoo east of Belle Tout and LP visited Shooters Bottom and also had a juvenile Cuckoo, so possibly 2 Cuckoos on the headland.

Cuckoo 1-2 
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Grasshopper Warbler 4 (all juvs 2 yellow, 2 greyish morphs)
Reed Warbler 5
Whitethroat 1
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 20
Chiffchaff 15
Willow Warbler 10
Greenfinch 1

(taken by LP)
Juvenile Cuckoo in Shooters Bottom
24th July, 2017

We covered Birling lane and scrub, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. We also met up with AR, LP and RB who were also covering sites on the Headland and RE was again ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
The Cuckoo was again present in Shooters Bottom with our first Wheatear of the Autumn on Icky Ridge and during a period of drizzle, 230 Swifts moved W in ten minutes from 08.00 to 08.10.
Combined totals:

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Peregrine pair at Icky Ridge
Whimbrel 1 calling over Shooters Bottom
Cuckoo 1 juv. Shooters Bottom
Swift 230 W in drizzle between 08.00-08.10
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 Whitbread Hollow
Meadow Pipit 15
Wheatear 1 Icky Ridge
Song Thrush 3
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 30
Blackcap 6
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 9
Tree Creeper 1 Whitbread Hollow (our first this year)
Raven 3
Greenfinch 1
Goldfinch 40
Corn Bunting 12

Visibility better today for the view of the wind farm from Birling.

Movement of Swifts this morning.
Unfortunately, no sign of any White-rumps??

Juvenile Cuckoo in Shooters Bottom taken in drizzle

Looking down on a Wheatear on Icky Ridge