Saturday, 5 August 2017

5th August, 2017 Beachy Head Sunny W 1 increasing to 3

We covered Birling lane and scrub, Shooters Bottom, Belle Tout wood and scrub, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. We met up with RE who also covered the Birling to Belle Tout loop and LP was birding in the Whitbread Hollow/Cow Gap area.
Another reasonable arrival of common night migrants including several Whinchats and Swifts were also on the move.

Combined Totals

Fulmar 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 3,
Kestrel 3
Peregrine 1 ad male
Swift 275 (25 W, 50 feeding over top fields & c200 Hollow)
Sand Martin 10
Swallow 40
House Martin 2 (Our first for the Autumn)
Rock Pipit 1 Birling
Whinchat 5 (Our first for the Autumn)
Stonechat 12
Wheatear 2
Nightingale 1 (Our first for the Autumn)
Sedge Warbler 9
Reed Warbler 8
Lesser Whitethroat 3 (1 OTA & 2 Hollow)
Common Whitethroat 70 (35 Hollow and 35 Headland)
Garden Warbler 3
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 63
Yellowhammer 1 juv
Corn Bunting 3

Clouded Yellow 2 Hollow area (LP)
Brown Argus 1
Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1 Hollow area (LP)

Emperor Dragonfly 1 male Shooters

Adult type Willow Warbler at Birling

Wheatear at Birling

Reed Warbler at Birling

Sedge Warbler at Shooters Bottom

(taken by DRC)
Common Plume