Sunday, 2 August 2009

Beachy Head 2nd August,2009.

Looking across Birling Gap to the Lookout

The Rides.

Four picturs of some of today's Willow Warblers at Birling Gap.

Two pictures of a Grasshopper Warbler in Shooters Bottom.

Common Whitethroat at Birling Gap.

Two of the Ravens over the Top Fields.

Male Adonis Blue in Cow Gap.

Underwing of the male Adonis Blue.

Wall Butterfly at the top of Cow Gap.

Arrived with DC at 06.10 hrs to a fine sunny clear calm morning. As we started to walk up the lane at Birling, Willow Warblers were flicking in the tamarisk bushes. A good overnight fall of migrants had occurred. We met up with RKH & RES at the Old Trapping Area, and RDME was in the Hollow with the mist-nets being opened and had ringed a nice selection of Warblers including about 30 Willows and several Reed & Sedge and 3 Gardens. I have not included these numbers with our own numbers listed below. We covered virtually the whole area in 5 hours, and as we were about to leave, Peter & Miriam Netherway joined us in Belle Toute wood and they had seen a Wheatear at Birling. Roger & Bob also let us know that they had found 2 Small Blues in Shooters Bottom.

Hobby 1 opposite Shooters Bottom
Swift 2
Sand Martin 22
Nightingale DC heard 2 croaking in Shooters Bottom
Whinchat 1 (First for the Autumn).
Grasshopper Warbler 6 (19 so far this Autumn).
Sedge Warbler 6
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 5
Common Whitethroat 46
Garden Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 52
Raven 3 over the Top Fields.

Clouded Yellows 7
Wall 1 (Have become scarce at Beachy).
Brown Argus 1
Adonis Blue 3
Small Blue 2 (Seen by RKH & RES in Shooters Bottom).
Chalk Hill Blue 60
Common Blue 20
Painted Lady 50
Comma 2