Sunday, 28 October 2012

28 Oct 2012 Beachy Head Fine sunny but cool at first becoming overcast W 1 increasing to 2-3

We started at Birling meeting up with JK, RJW, & MK. expecting in the clear calm conditions a good diurnal migration although it was only a trickle. We then covered most sites on the Headland meeting up with PN, GG & RK. Very few migrants recorded in the bushes although John Marchant recorded a large Woodpigeon flight on the eastern side of the Headland from the Holywell area of approx. 14,000 birds.

Late news from the 27th was a Hobby which maybe our latest date, and on the 28th a Short-eared Owl.

Met Office view
A ridge of high pressure in the south of the UK has meant fairly quiet conditions. A trough through the English Channel indicates organised showers. Weather fronts across the north of the UK have been introducing cloud and outbreaks of rain. A deep area of low pressure is bringing very unsettled weather across Italy and surrounding countries.

Pochard 4 off Birling
Common Scoter 12 off Birling
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine 1
Stock Dove 40
Woodpigeon 1,500 (+14,000 on the Eastern side of the Headland).
Collared Dove 1
Skylark 70
Swallow 1
House Martin 11
Robin 10
Blackbird 20
Redwing 4
Mistle Thrush 3
Song Thrush 6
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 8
Raven 2
Brambling 2
Goldfinch 30
Siskin 2
Linnet 100
Redpoll 5
Bullfinch 1
Corn Bunting 9