Saturday, 21 September 2013

21 September 2013 Beachy Head Overcast but mild N 1 to W 2-3

We covered a number of sites on the Headland including Cornish Farm track and field. Met up with a number of Beachy regulars. BHRG were ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
Reasonable numbers of migrants present on the Head with good numbers of Meadow Pipits in the fields, and a Wryneck was seen above Belle Tout wood, but other than hirundines, little evidence of any diurnal migration. Large numbers of migrants in Whitbread Hollow with good numbers being ringed with also good numbers of hirundines present in the Hollow.

Late News from yesterday was 2 Common Cranes seen circling and then departed W over the Head towards Birling during the morning.

All birds ringed today are included in brackets.

Grey Heron 1 over the Head
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 1
Peregrine 1
Tawny Owl 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Wryneck 1
Sand Martin 45
Swallow 1,200 (including 700 in the Hollow)
House Martin 520 (including 500 in the Hollow)
Meadow Pipit c300+ in the Top fields.
Yellow Wagtail 8
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Redstart 3 (1)
Whinchat 5
Wheatear 3
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 8 (7)
Lesser Whitethroat 2 (1)
Common Whitethroat 65 (9)
Blackcap 750 (132)
Chiffchaff 750 (116)
Willow Warbler 4 (2)
Raven 1