Saturday, 13 July 2013

13 July 2013 Beachy Head Fine and Hot ENE 1

We covered all the usual sites on the Headland, but no sign of any passage migrants although Whitethroat numbers had increased although probably related to juvenile birds now on the wing. Increase in butterfly numbers noted, although considering the recent fine hot weather we could have hoped for more.

Little Egret 1 E
Common Scoter Flock of 60 E
Stock Dove 1 Birling
Stonechat 5 (including the male Continental bird in Shooters Bottom)
Common Whitethroat 18
Chiffchaff 1
Corn Bunting 3 singing birds

Bob had a Common Buzzard over Whitbread Hollow yesterday.

Meadow Brown c30
Small Tortoiseshell 3
Common Blue 2
Small Heath 8
Marbled White c40
Speckled Wood 4
Large Skipper 7
Small/Essex Skipper type 1
Dark-green Fritillary 3

Common Whitethroat searching for food around the picnic tables.

The problem of leaving rubbish around.

Marbled White - c40 of these impressive butterflies were seen today.

Small/Essex skipper type 

Dark-green Fritillary

Six-spotted Burnett Moth - Good numbers now present

Round-headed Rampion - 15 found today
A deep blue, almost purple wildflower that is not as it seems: 
each head, rather than being a single bloom, is actually a 
collection of smaller ones, huddled together. Close up it looks 
rather like a sea anemone about to curl around an unlucky fly.