Thursday, 15 November 2012

15 Nov 2012 Beachy Head Overcast but mild NE 1

With Pallas's at both Dungeness and Portland yesterday, we decided to visit this morning to check out a number of the Headland sites including Holywell. We met up with RES at the Old Trapping Area.
Very little seen apart for a Siberian/Eastern type Chiffchaff in Holywell feeding with a normal Chiffchaff. Compared with the normal Chiffchaff, it lacked any yellow in the plumage as far as I could tell and appeared overall with a cold greyish cast . Also appeared no yellow in the supercillium. Unfortunately, most of the time I was looking up at it against the sky and after several minutes both Chiffchaffs moved across Holywell and out of sight.

Sparrowhawk 3
Kestrel 1
Tawny Owl 2 in B/T wood. (both were greyish morphs)
Fieldfare 2
Redwing 1
Song Thrush 4
Chiffchaff 1
Siberian/Eastern Chiffchaff 1 Holywell
Goldcrest 10
Raven 2

Tawny Owl in Belle Tout wood

Siberian/Eastern type Chiffchaff at Holywell