Wednesday, 22 May 2013

22 May 2013 Beachy Head Overcast cool, Variable 1-2

We covered all the sites on the Headland including the Rides, and met up with RDME who had already covered Whitbread Hollow, Cow Gap and the Gully. We also did a short sea-watch from 09.30-10.15. Small arrival of night migrants which included 11 Spotted Flycatchers. DC and BK visited the Old Trapping area during the evening and had a male Cuckoo our first for the Spring.

Common Scoter 3 E & 25 W
Arctic Skua 2 E
Sandwich Tern 2 E & 4 W
Commic Tern 40 E
Auk Sp. 1 E
Collared Dove 1 flew out of B/T wood.
Tawny Owl 1 calling
Cuckoo 1 male near the Old Trapping area.
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Swallow 7
Whinchat 1 Cow Gap
Stonechat 7
Song Thrush 3
Reed Warbler 3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat c38
Garden Warbler 4
Blackcap 7
Chiffchaff 9
Willow Warbler 4 (including 1 Northern race bird).
Spotted Flycatcher 11
Raven 1

Common Whitethroat at Birling

Spotted Flycatcher in Belle Tout wood


Spotted Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area.

Male cuckoo near the Old Trapping Area.

A normal Willow Warbler in the Old Trapping Area

Doreen looking pleased, after seeing the Spotted Flycatchers.

Belle Tout wood, coming into summer plumage.

Cowslip bank leading up to the wood


Bluebells in Belle Tout wood

A good year for Early Purple orchids

 Early Spider Orchid

Chalk Milkwort