Saturday, 15 September 2012

15 September 2012 Beachy Head Fine sunny & warm W to S 1-3

Another fine clear day, with only small numbers of warblers present although the first good arrival of Meadow Pipits of the Autumn and still a large flock of around 300 Yellow Wagtails still present. Early morning saw some diurnal migration at long last, with House Martins being the most prominent and I counted 400 moving W along the cliff edge in about 10 minutes. We met up with JK at Birling and covered all the Headland sites, RKH, RES, RK, PN & MN were also covering the Head and kindly gave me their records and GG was raptor watching.

Sparrowhawk 3
Common Buzzard 5 soaring over the Top Fields
Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Peregrine 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 6+ (including a party of 5).
Sand Martin 8
Swallow 150+
House Martin c1,000+ (400 W along cliff edge in about 10 minutes).
Tree Pipit 8
Meadow Pipit 135
Yellow Wagtail 320 (20 W & flock of c300 at Cornish Farm).
Grey Wagtail 4 W
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 5
Sedge Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat 12
Garden Warbler 2
Blackcap 6
Chiffchaff 20
Willow Warbler 5
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Siskin 2 W (Our first for the Autumn)
Linnet 50
Corn Bunting 8
Raven 1

Migrant Hawker 4
Stoat 1
Banded Snail-Still hundreds in rough field.

Banded Snail - Hundreds are still present in the rough field

Male Migrant Hawker