Thursday, 22 August 2019

22nd August, 2019 Beachy Head Fine sunny warm SW 1 increasing to 3-4

On the early morning drive to Beachy, we had a Tawny Owl fly over the road just a few metres from our car near Cooksbridge.

Another fine sunny morning. We covered Birling lane and scrub, Shooters Bottom and valley opposite, Old Trapping Area, and the Rides., KH, RKH and RES were also covering sites on the Headland including radio mast bushes, Hotel Garden and Belle Tout wood. Another small fall of night migrants including Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Reasonable numbers of Swallows were moving on the Headland which included 6 Swifts.

Sparrowhawk 2 Headland
Common Buzzard 1 Headland
Kestrel 2
Red-legged Partridge 4 Birling lane
Swift 6
Sand Martin 15
Swallow 150
House Martin 8
Tree Pipit 1 Shooters Bottom
Meadow Pipit 20 (which included a party of 15 feeding along the road)
Yellow Wagtail 3 (2 departed N)
Pied Wagtail 3 Birling
Common Redstart 1x1st yr. Old Trapping Area
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1 Birling
Reed Warbler 5
Lesser Whitethroat 7
Common Whitethroat 40
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 15
Spotted Flycatcher 2 (1 Shooters Bottom and 1 Old Trapping Area)
Corn Bunting 3

Emperor Dragonfly 1 female Shooters Bottom

Painted Lady 12

The two Whinchats at Birling

Reed Warbler in Shooters Bottom

Tree Pipit in Shooters Bottom.

Lesser Whitethroat in the Old Trapping Area

Female Emperor Dragonfly in Shooters Bottom.