Sunday, 14 August 2011

14th August, 2011. Beachy Head. Overcast becoming sunny & warm.SW 0-1

We met up with RJF & JK at Birling and covered virtually all the usual sites on the Headland including walking the rough field, we also saw GG, RK & RKH.

RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow. As he was there on his own he had only set less than half the normal number of mist-nets which would normally be set. Even so he was very busy, and if he had set the usual number of mist-nets, he considers that he may very well have caught 300+ birds and therefore his numbers are very conservative with Whitethroat, Willow Warblers and Reed Warbler numbers would have been considerably higher.

The following are our combined numbers with ringing totals in brackets:

Shag 1 immature on the sea off Birling
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 2
Tawny Owl 1
Red legged Partridge 1 in the rough field.
Stock Dove 5
Swift 3
Skylark 50 in the rough field.
Sand Martin 250+
Swallow 15
Tree Pipit 5 W
Meadow Pipit 30 in the rough field.
Yellow Wagtail 1 with 1 other heard.
Common Redstart 2
Whinchat 4 (our first for the year!!)
Wheatear 7
Grasshopper Warbler 3 (1)
Sedge Warbler 2 (2)
Reed Warbler 40 (15)
Lesser Whitethroat 10+ (7)
Common Whitethroat 350 (79)
Garden Warbler 7 (5)
Blackcap 2 (2)
Chiffchaff (1)
Willow Warbler 113 (25)
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Raven 3
Linnet 50 in rough field
Corn Bunting 1

Hare 1

Spotted Flycatcher near Belle Tout wood.

Willow Warbler in the Hotel Garden.

Raven over Shooters Bottom

Red Arrows over Beachy Head