Tuesday, 15 September 2020

15th September, 2020 Beachy Head Hot and sunny

Another hot and sunny morning. We covered the Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom, radio mast bushes, and then did a raptor watch for 2 hours. Both RAB and LP were doing sites on the Headland and joined us for some of the raptor watch. RJF and FL covered the Hotel Garden area, the Rides, Whitbread Hollow, Cow Gap, Francis Bottom.
A much quieter morning with a general clear-out of the common migrants. Reasonable numbers of Swallows and House Martins were moving E and our Sparrow Hawk total for the area was from 6-8 birds. Highlight was a Marsh Harrier moving E.
Combined totals:

Marsh Harrier 1 high E @ 11.05 (RAB, JFC, RJF, FL).
Sparrowhawk 6-8 (3 Hollow, 3-5 Headland)
Common Buzzard 4 Headland
Kestrel 3 Headland
Green Woodpecker 2 (1 Hollow, 1 Headland)
Swift 1
Sand Martin 3 E
Swallow c700 E
House Martin c1,000 E
Tree Pipit 1 E
Meadow Pipit 90
Yellow Wagtail 9 (2E)
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Common Redstart 1
Wheatear 3 Headland
Song Thrush 1 Headland
Lesser Whitethroat 2 (1 Shooters Bottom, 1 Old Trapping Area)
Common Whitethroat 5 Headland
Blackcap 20
Chiffchaff 16
Starling 100 radio mast
Goldfinch 70 Headland

Clouded Yellow 5 Headland

Starlings on the radio mast

Common Buzzard over the Headland.