Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Beachy Head 18th August 2009.

Two images of a Tree Pipit in Shooters Bottom showing the fine flank streaking.

Two images of a Reed Warbler taken in Shooters Bottom.

Male Adonis Blue in Cow Gap.

Arrived with Doreen at 06.15 hrs to a clear sunny calm morning which quickly warmed up. After our poor day on the 15th, it was nice to see a small fall of migrants. Walked virtually the whole area in 5.5 hrs. and met up with RKH, PN, & RK at the Old Trapping Area where a Firecrest (our first for the Autumn) and a Redstart were seen. A second Redstart was in the Rides. Fair numbers of common migrants were also seen and RDME was ringing in the Hollow and had a successful morning, ringing 73 birds including 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge, 5 Reed & 8 Garden Warblers, 12 Blackcaps and a very juvenile Treecreeper (his second ringed & our third for the Autumn). Nice selection of Butterflies seen including 4 Clouded Yellows, 1 Adonis Blue, 1 Silver Spotted Skipper. Migrants seen in the area:

Sand Martin 4
Swallow 50
Tree Pipit 1
Common Redstart 2
Wheatear 4
Reed Warbler 6
Lesser Whitethroat 9
Common Whitethroat 71
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 3
Willow Warbler 34
Firecrest 1
Also 2 Ravens.