Thursday, 5 September 2013

5 September, 2013 Beachy Head Fine sunny becoming very hot. Wind very light

Another fine and hot day with virtually no wind. We covered all the main sites on the Headland including the fields around Birling sewage plant and we met up with GG in The Old Trapping Area. RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow. Good scattering of common night migrants throughout the area with an excellent number of Reed Warblers present in the Hollow. Hirundine numbers continue to build up on the Head with House Martins now becoming the most numerous.
Birds ringed in brackets.

Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 3
Tawny Owl 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Sand Martin 13
Swallow 280
House Martin 400
Yellow Wagtail 48
Pied Wagtail 4
Common Redstart 2
Whinchat 5
Wheatear 12
Sedge Warbler 2 (2)
Reed Warbler 21 (12)
Lesser Whitethroat 7
Common Whitethroat 80 (3)
Garden Warbler 4 (1)
Blackcap 43 (27)
Chiffchaff 6
Willow Warbler 12
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Bullfinch 2

Migrant Hawker 1
Autumn Ladies Tresses - Could be as many as 300 showing.

Willow Warbler at Birling - Not to many more to come.


Whinchat literally on the cliff edge at Birling

Garden Warbler posing nicely in the Hotel Garden.

Reed Warbler in the Hotel Garden

A distant male  Common Redstart in Shooters Bottom

Two of today's Wheatears.

Part of a flock of Yellow Wagtails in the top fields.