Sunday, 7 July 2013

7 July 2013 Beachy Head Hot and sunny N 1-2

We covered Birling lane and then the loop to Belle Tout and returned to Birling and also Shooters Bottom.
Small diurnal passage of Swifts and hirundines but warbler numbers very low with just the odd Whitethroats being heard or seen. Considering the fine weather, butterfly numbers were also generally low.

Gannet c30 E
Common Scoter 25 E
Kestrel 1
Mediterranean Gull 2 ad's W
Sandwich Tern 5 E
Stock Dove 1 over Birling
Swift 84 E
Sand Martin 51 E
Swallow c50 chiefly E
Whitethroat 8
Linnet 40
Corn Bunting 1 singing

Meadow Brown 6
Small Tortoiseshell 3
Common Blue 10
Small Heath 10
Marbled White 2
Speckled Wood 4
Large Skipper 5
Green Winged Fritillary 7
Painted Lady 1
Small White 2
Red Admiral 1

Pyramidal Orchid Good numbers in flower at Birling

Adult Common Gull - unusual to see one at Beachy in early July.

Red Admiral at Birling

Dark Green Fritillary at Belle Tout

Pyramidal Orchids at Birling