Monday, 31 July 2017

31st July, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast with sunny periods and scattered showers. SW 5 decreasing to 3-4

We covered Birling lane and scrub, short sea-watch, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area and Icky Ridge. Met up with RE who covered the Birling loop, Cornish Farm track, Belle Tout wood and Shooters Bottom. LP was covering several sites on the headland.
Once again the strongish wind made birding difficult and just a handful of new arrivals could be found in the bushes with no diurnal migration seen.

Combined totals:

Gannets c60 E
Common Scoters 6 E
Mediterranean Gull 1 adult in w/p E
Kestrel 2
Lesser-black-backed Gull 1 juv. over the headland
Cuckoo 1 juv. Shooters Bottom (same bird since 23rd July)
Little Owl 1
Swallow 10
Sand Martin 10
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 16
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 9
Raven 3
Goldfinch c50
Linnet c40
Corn Bunting 8

Juvenile Cuckoo still present at Shooters Bottom