Wednesday, 23 July 2014

23 July 2014 Beachy Head Sunny and hot but with a brisk NE 4

We met up with RDME and between us covered all the sites on the Headland including the Cliff Path and we also walked into the Hollow and Cow Gap including the field. Also checked the flowering buddleia bushes for butterflies, along Foyles Way and in the Hollow. RB was also birding several sites on the Headland.

Just a few migrants seen although the brisk wind made birding difficult, a male Reed Bunting dropped briefly into Birling before departing N and this would appear to be our earliest Autumn date, with the previous earliest logged, was way back on the 31st July,1973.

Little Egret 2 off Birling
Lesser-black Back Gull 1 juv.
Swift 15
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1 Hollow
Sand Martin 20 E
Swallow 25
House Martin 5
Pied Wagtail 4
Sedge Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 17
Blackcap 5
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 3
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 3
Reed Bunting 1 male briefly at Birling departed N
Corn Bunting 3

Meadow Brown 100's
Gatekeeper c60
Peacock 5
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Wall Brown c10
Common Blue 4
Chalk Hill Blue c100
Small Copper 1
Marbled White 15
Speckled Wood 1
Small Skipper c30
Dark Green Fritillary 3
Painted Lady 1
Small White 8
Large White 2
Red Admiral 3

Southern Hawker 3+
Migrant Hawker 1

Sedge Warbler at Birling

White-throated and greyish looking Corn Bunting

Marbled White

Dark-green Fritillary