Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Beachy Head 11th August, 2009.

Beachy Head Lighthouse taken from the Cliff Path.

Icky Ridge

Female Redstart taken today by Roger Haggar in Shooters Bottom.

Lesser Whitethroat zooming in on the elderberries in Shooters Bottom.

Stonechat in Shooters Bottom
( Does anyone dare to age and sex this bird)
My guess was an adult female in moult!!

Silver Spotted Skipper found in Shooters Bottom today.

Two pictures of the Great Mullein taken in the Hotel Garden.

Arrived with Doreen at 06.15 hrs. to an overcast, warm but calm morning. Spent the next four hours birding the various sites on top of the Headland. Generally fewer migrants seen today, but a Nightingale in the Hotel Garden was quite showy but evaded all my efforts to photograph it, and the Redstart was still present in Shooters Bottom. The overhead skies were completely empty of birds and in the four hours we were there not a single Swift or Hirundine was seen. Briefly met Nick Pope in Shooters Bottom but he had very little to report.

Little Egret 1
Sparrow Hawk 1
Nightingale 1 showed well in the Hotel Garden.
Redstart 1
Wheatear 11
Reed Warbler 7
Lesser Whitethroat 9
Common Whitethroat 50
Garden Warbler 3
Willow Warbler 15

RDME & John Marchant had another good day ringing in the Hollow with 122 birds ringed including 16 Reed Warblers, 9 Lesser Whitethroats, 40 Common Whitethroats, 12 Garden Warblers and 20 Willow Warblers. Also 3 Nightingales calling.