Sunday, 29 July 2012

29th July 2012 Beachy W4 partly overcast

Calm and overcast conditions at dawn unfortunately failed to deliver the hoped-for fall of Willow Warblers and migrants were virtually non-existant despite RDME and RK both covering sites on top of the Head and Cow Gap and Whitbread Hollow being walked. A brisk westerly wind enticed a sea-watch from 6.45am to 8.00am.

Manx Shearwater 1E at 6.54am
Gannet 30W
Scoter 10E, 4W
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 1
Bonxie 1E
Mediterannean Gull 1 juv.
Auk sp. 1E
Curlew 2W
Whimbrel 1W
Collared Dove 1
Swift 16 S
Swallow 4
Chiffchaff 2
Whitethroat 10
Corn Bunting 1 singing

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at East Dean Cricket Pitch

Dusky Sallow Moth courtesy of Bob Edgar at Birling Gap

Dark Green Fritillary in Whitbread Hollow

Cargo ship passing Beachy sharing the same initials as an ex-County birder with one of the most impressive national self-found lists of all time that includes a first for Britain