Tuesday, 2 September 2014

2 Sept 2014 Beachy Head Overcast becoming sunny NE 3 increasing to 4 and then decreasing to 2

RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and LP visited a number of sites on the Headland. Another reasonable fall of night migrants with an increase in Chiffchaff numbers and still good numbers of Blackcaps. Also 2 Pied and 8 Spotted Flycatchers. Diurnal migration again mainly consisted  of Swallows and House Martins, and a Marsh Harrier was seen again, this time moving S and probably out to sea.

The following are the combined totals from the two observers and include birds ringed in brackets:

Marsh Harrier 1 S over Belle Tout
Sparrowhawk 1
Hobby 1
Tawny Owl 1
Swift 3
Sand Martin c20
Swallow c600
House Martin c400
Yellow Wagtail 19
Dunnock 15 (9) An increase in Whitbread Hollow
Common Redstart 3
Sedge Warbler 1 (1)
Reed Warbler 5 (2)
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat 90 (9)
Blackcap 375 (55)
Chiffchaff 26 (4)
Willow Warbler 33
Spotted Flycatcher 8
Pied Flycatcher 2

(taken by Laurence Pitcher)
Pied Flycatcher-2 seen today

(taken by Laurence Pitcher)
Spotted Flycatcher-8 seen today

(taken by Laurence Pitcher)
Female Redstart at Belle Tout