Tuesday, 3 July 2018

3rd July, 2018 Beachy Head Hot and sunny with strong E wind 6-7

Our first visit to Beachy since 11th May. The strong E wind made birding difficult around the bushes. We covered just Birling lane and Belle Tout wood and we then called in to see Roger C in Hodcombe.

Very little seen in the bushes but c40 Swifts and 5 Sand Martins all moving E. Again the wind made it difficult trying to see butterflies but around 12 migrant Silver Y moths were seen.

Common Buzzard 2 over the Headland
Swift c40 E
Sand Martin 5 E
Swallow 27
Pied Wagtail 3-4
Goldfinch 35 (about 20 juveniles)

Small Tortoiseshell 1
Marble White 5
Chalk Hill Blue 1 male
Gatekeeper 12
Comma 1
Small White 6
Large White 3

Silver Y moth 12
Marble White near Belle Tout

taken by DRC
JFC and RHC, been bird-watching friends since the mid 1950's