Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 Sept 2014 Beachy Head Overcast warm N 0-1

We met up with JK at Birling and covered most of the sites on the Headland including Icky Ridge but not the B/T loop. Also met up with a number of the regulars on the Headland. Bob and Sarah were ringing in the Hollow.
Small numbers of common night migrants throughout the area with the Wryneck showing again, our first Merlin of the Autumn, and a Pied Flycatcher in the Hollow. Diurnal migration was mainly Swallows with a lot feeding over the Head and small numbers of Wagtails.
The following are the combined numbers from ourselves and Bob and Sarah with birds ringed are shown in brackets:

Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 3
Merlin 1 female
Tawny Owl 3
Swift 2
Wryneck 2 seen together in Shooters Bottom.
Swallow c1,500
House Martin 400
Tree Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail 10
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Redstart 3
Whinchat 3
Wheatear 3
Grasshopper Warbler 4+
Reed Warbler 5 (3)
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Common Whitethroat 60 (12)
Garden Warbler 3 (2)
Blackcap 265 (86)
Chiffchaff 16 (2)
Willow Warbler 23 (3)
Spotted Flycatcher 2
Pied Flycatcher 1 Hollow
Jay 1

Weasel 1

Wryneck in Shooters Bottom

Grasshopper Warbler on Icky Ridge