Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Beachy Head 19th August, 2009.

Two views taken near the Old Trapping Area looking West.

Arrived with Doreen at 06.25 hrs to a beautiful calm & sunny morning. Spent 4 hours birding the various sites on the Headland and I didn't venture down into Cow Gap or the Hollow this morning. After yesterdays increase in migrant numbers, and with a light SE wind forcast, our hopes were high, but unfortunately fewer migrants were present on the Head this morning with the best being a single Spotted Flycatcher at Birling and a Redstart on Icky Ridge. Only 9 Willow Warblers were seen. Met up with Matt Eade and PN at Shooters Bottom. Matt had a quiet morning in Hope Gap with a noticeable decrease in the numbers of migrants from yesterday. PN had seen 1-2 Whinchats above Belle Toute wood. Also saw RHC, who said his garden was very quiet this morning. RDME was again ringing in the Hollow, and surprisingly had trapped 76 birds including a Nightingale, with a second bird being heard calling, 1 Sedge, 4 Reeds, 7 Gardens but only 4 Willow Warblers. Also ringed 7 Lesser & 22 Common Whitthroats. Also 1 male Redstart seen. At least the Hollow is having some good numbers of migrants. Interesting, he has already caught more Garden Warblers this year than last year, which was a poor year. Migrants seen on the Headland:

Sand Martin 3
Swallow 20
Common Redstart 1
Wheatear 1
Lesser Whitethroat 7
Common Whitethroat 40
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 9
Spotted Flycatcher 1