Thursday, 20 September 2012

20 September 2012 Beachy Head Overcast with sunny periods, mild NW-W 1

Another calm morning, but very little diurnal passage taking place. Good numbers of both Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were seen on the Headland although distribution was patchy but very few other migrants were seen. RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and like us mainly had Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs with little variety. Birds ringed are shown in brackets. We covered most of the areas on the Headland with PN and briefly saw GG at The Old Trapping Area.

Met Office view
Much of the UK will be cloudy today, as a warm front bearing rain moves in from the Atlantic. Northern Scotland should stay in the colder air ahead of this front, with further sunshine and showers likely. Meanwhile, southern Britain should also be drier, under the influence of high pressure to the south.

Kestrel 2
Oystercatcher 24
Tawny Owl 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 150
House Martin 200
Meadow Pipit 300
Lesser Whitethroat 1 (1)
Common Whitethroat 10 (1)
Blackcap 285 (79)
Chiffchaff 150 (46)
Willow Warbler 2 (2)
Goldcrest 2
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Goldfinch 25

Goldcrest in The Old Trapping Area

 Migrant Wrens are just beginning to appear at Beachy