Saturday, 8 September 2012

8 September 2012 Beachy Head Sunny, cool at first becoming hot Wind W 1

Another hot sunny day after a cool start with a heavy dew. Very similar migrants as to yesterday and probably birds are taking advantage of the abundant berry supply. The large flock of Yellow Wagtails were again seen this time at Cornish Farm and other than some hirundines feeding over the Headland little diurnal migration was logged. We met up with JK and covered virtually all the sites on the Head and PN, MN, RES and SL were also birding the Head. GG was raptor watching and RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow, with the birds ringed are included in brackets.

Met Office view
High pressure is centred close to the coast of Belgium. A weakening warm front lies along the west coast of Scotland, with an area of low pressure centred to the west of Ireland. Of note is the distinct lack of isobars across much of central Europe and northwest Africa, indicating relatively homogenous mean sea level pressure across a wide area.

Little Egret 1 off Birling
Common Scoter 6 E
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 3
Hobby 1-2
Peregrine 2
Mediterranean Gull 3 w/p adults E
Tawny Owl 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 12
Swallow 350
House Martin 100
Tree Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 400 (35 seen around Belle Tout and a flock of up to 400 present at Cornish Farm).
Common Redstart 3
Wheatear 11
Grasshopper Warbler 2 (1)
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 7 (2)
Lesser Whitethroat 8 (2)
Common Whitethroat 80 (12)
Garden Warbler 3 (2)
Blackcap 160 (51)
Chiffchaff 35 (10)
Willow Warbler 7 (1)
Goldcrest 4 (3) Our first for the Autumn.
Raven 3

Comma 1
Red Admiral 7
Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1



 Grasshopper Warbler showing well at Belle Tout