RDME & SM went trapping in Whitbread Hollow & met up with RHC. Also PN & GG were birding on the Head. PN visited the Hotel Garden area, Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom & Belle Tout wood. Good numbers of migrants seen and so many birds in the Hollow, the nets were closed very early to cope with the numbers. Birds ringed are included in brackets.
Visited the Head today after the recent stormy weather. Met up with RDME at Birling & RHC was sea-watching. Also saw PN & MN. Covered all the areas on the Head and the following are our combined totals:
Common Buzzard 1
Red-legged Partridge 1
Sand Martin 5
Swallow 300 mainly W.
House Martin 60 W
Meadow Pipit 400 ( 300 in the fields & 100+ W)
Yellow Wagtail 35
Grey Wagtail 2 W
Alba Wagtail 2
Common Redstart 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 35
Willow Warbler 6
Siskin 13 N
Linnet 85 (55 W)
Corn Bunting 10
Common Blue 3
Small Heath 3
Small Copper 1
Painted Lady 1
Red Admiral 2
Meadow Brown 10
Crimson Speckled Moth 1 (our 2nd record this Autumn).
RHC & EHC had a juv. Sabines Gull for 45 minutes on the 12th, feeding off Birling before departing E. This is our first record for Beachy since regular watching commenced in 1960.
One of today's Sparrowhawks seen on the Head.
Another Crimson Speckled Moth found today in the rough field.
Met up with RJF at Birling. We covered the Headland and did a raptor watch for about an hour. RJF walked over the Headland and into the Hollow etc. We also met up with GG & SL whilst doing the raptor watch. Our combined totals as far as possible as follows:
Honey Buzzard 1 seen and photographed by Bob Izzard around 08.30. It flew S. out to sea.
Thick mist when we arrived and until it cleared it was slow going. RKH phoned to say that with RES they had located a Wryneck in Shooters Bottom, which after photographing, proved to be a different bird to the one photographed there last week-end. We covered all the areas on the Head including the rough field and also did a 30 minute raptor watch:
Little Egret 2 off Birling
Common Buzzard 2
Merlin 1 female/immature per AGC & PN
Hobby 1 Juv. over the Top Fields.
Sandwich Tern 1+
Wryneck 1 a new individual in Shooters Bottom.
Sand Martin 20
House Martin 200
Tree Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 4
'Alba' Wagtail 3 feeding above B/T wood.
Wheatear 40 (our best day this year).
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 20
Garden Warbler 2
Willow Warbler 4
Raven 6 soaring with Rooks.
Speckled Wood 4
Clouded Yellow 2
Small Heath 8
Painted Lady 1
Migrant Hawker 3
Not too many more Willow Warblers to come now.
Our best day for Wheatears this year, with 40 being seen.
Wryneck in Shooters Bottom.
The darker iris, wholly pink bill, more extensive white
ground colour to its submoustacial stripe, fewer dark-centered
scapulars and larger pale spotting to its wing coverts reveal
this to be a different individual to that photographed at the same
Generally quiet today with only a few hirundines in misty conditions. Met up briefly with PN & MN and I covered all the usual sites on the Head. RDME & JE were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and the following are our combined sightings with numbers ringed in brackets:
Briefly met up with RDME & Martyn K at Birling and then visited the rest of the Head. Windy conditions made observing difficult although even in the sheltered spots few migrants were recorded. Good numbers of Hirundines were moving E over the Head.:
Merlin 1 at Birling per RDME (our first for the Autumn).
Yellow Legged Gull 1 Juv. E off Birling.
Sand Martin 80+ E
Swallow c1,000 E
House Martin 300 E
Tree Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 7 (3 E).
Common Whitethroat 24
Garden Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 5
Corn Bunting 2
Silver Y moth 1
Swallow, approx. 1,000 moved East over the Head this morning.
Record shots of two Yellow Wagtails feeding above Belle Tout wood.