Saturday, 9 September 2017

9th September, 2017 Beachy Head Fine sunny morning SW 1 increasing to 2-3

We covered Birling lane, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge and we met up with RK and RB.

With the lack of any recent easterly winds, it wasn't to surprising that only small numbers of the common night migrants were seen today. Very surprising was the virtual lack of any hirundines or meadow pipits moving through the area.

RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and recorded very large numbers of Blackcaps with an estimated 750 and trapped 3 Grasshopper Warblers

Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Swallow 40
Robin 12
Whinchat 5
Stonechat 8
Wheatear 2
Grasshopper Warbler 3 trapped
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 35
Blackcap 3 on the headland and 750+ in Whitbread Hollow
Chiffchaff 16
Willow Warbler 3
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 5

Painted Lady 1
Small Copper 3

 Goldcrest at Birling

Still the odd Willow Warblers are being seen.

Small numbers of Chiffchaffs present in the Old Trapping Area.

Whinchats - Five were present today.