Sunday, 6 May 2012

6 May 2012 Beachy Head Drizzle cold & clear N 2-3

We sea-watched from 07.00-07.30 and then met up with RJF,JK& MK and covered virtually the whole of the Headland:

Great Crested Grebe 1 E
Gannet 6 E
Hobby 5 (1 in off the sea @ 07.20, 1 in over Birling @07.55, 1 sat on top of the cliffs at B/T, & 2 chasing a Swift over Shooters Bottom). This is our largest single Spring day number.
Peregrine 1
Commic Tern 8 E
Auk Sp. 1 E
Turtle Dove 1 near Birling
Tawny Owl 2
Swift 5
Swallow 12
Yellow Wagtail 44 in sheep field at Birling.(Our largest Spring day count).
Common Redstart 1 female at Birling
Whinchat 4 in rough field at Birling
Wheatear 22+
Common Whitethroat 30
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4
Long Tailed Tit 2
Corn Bunting 2

RJF, JK & MK also covered several sites on the Headland on the 5/5:

Hobby 1
Swift 3
Short Eared Owl 2 in the Old Trapping Area
Black Redstart 1
Wheatear 14
Garden Warbler 5
Common Whitethroat 20
Lesser Whitethroat 1

Yellow Wagtails 

Bluebells in Belle Tout wood




Common Whitethroat a new arrival

Turtle Dove another new arrival

Whinchat 1 of 4 seen today (taken by Richard Fairbank)

Tawny Owl, the old faithful

(Taken by Richard Fairbank)

One of the 5 Hobbies seen today

Hobby in flight over Shooters Bottom


One of at least 22 Wheatears seen today



Some of the Yellow Wagtails seen in the sheep field.