Monday, 3 August 2009

Beachy Head 3rd August, 2009

Looking over Belle Toute wood towards Cornish Farm.

Northern Wheatear above Belle Toute wood.

Two pictures of a Grasshopper Warbler at Birling Gap.

Three pictures of a Sedge Warbler at Birling Gap.

Sorry John, I am not an Aquatic!!

Four pictures of various Reed Warblers taken in Shooters Bottom.

Common Swift over the Headland.

Robin at Birling Gap.

Two shots of a Silver Spotted Skipper by Belle Toute wood.

Peacock butterfly in the Hotel Garden.

Gatekeeper (aka the Hedge Brown).

Arrived with Doreen at 06.15 hrs. to a fine sunny morning with a slight SW breeze. Walked the whole area in just over 5 hours. Another morning with fair numbers of migrants present, although fewer Willow Warblers in the Birling Gap area, than yesterday. Saw Nick Pope at Shooters Bottom, and had a chat with RDME who was ringing in Whitbred Hollow. Bob had another successful morning ringing about 60 birds mainly Willow Warblers but with a nice selection of other migrants. We met up with PN at Belle Toute wood who had just seen a Hobby at Shooters Bottom.

Swift 40
Sand Martin 5
Nightingale 2 croaking in Shooters Bottom.
Wheatear 7
Grasshopper Warbler 5
Sedge Warbler 6
Reed Warbler 9
Lesser Whitethroat 5
Common Whitethroat 66
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 1
Willow Warbler 20

Peacock 3
Small Tortoiseshell 4
Clouded Yellow 5
Adonis Blue 1
Chalk Hill Blue 80
Silver Spotted Skipper 3 (Our first for the year).
Painted Lady 50