Wednesday, 30 July 2014

30 July 2014 Beachy Head Fine and sunny, Wind N4 decreasing to NW 2

Went up with TEC and covered all the usual sites on the Headland including Icky Ridge. Bob and Paul were ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
Even with a strong N breeze on the go, a reasonable fall of night migrants with our largest fall of Willow Warblers etc so far this Autumn were logged, and several parties of Swifts were moving through chiefly in a westerly direction.
Birds ringed are shown in brackets:

Little Egret 1
Common Buzzard 1 N over the Hollow
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1 Birling
Peregrine 1
Red-legged Partridge 3
Cuckoo 1 Birling
Swift 120 chiefly W
Sand Martin 15
Swallow c100
House Martin 4 W
Wheatear 2
Sedge Warbler 3 (3)
Reed Warbler 10 (7)
Lesser Whitethroat 1 (1)
Common Whitethroat 27 (5)
Garden Warbler 30 (15)
Blackcap 30 (15)
Chiffchaff 15 (9)
Willow Warbler 67 (26)
Tree Creeper Another juv was trapped.
Jay 1
Raven 5
Corn Bunting 8

Still good numbers of the common downland butterflies which included the following:
Small Tortoiseshell 20
Clouded Yellow 3
Wall Brown 10
Painted Lady 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 2


Cuckoo at Birling

Wheatear near Belle Tout

Willow Warbler - fall of 67 seen today.

Fungi in Belle Tout wood