Sunday, 9 November 2014

9 Nov 2014 Beachy Head Overcast at first becoming brighter later SW 1

We met up with JK, RJF and MK at Birling and covered all the main sites on the Headland. RDME visited Whitbread Hollow, Cow Gap and the Gully as well as several sites on the Head.
Reasonable arrival of Thrushes (including 6 Ring Ouzels) and Robins, with small numbers of other migrants including the Yellow-browed Warbler showing on and off in Belle Tout wood, and a juvenile type Dartford Warbler. A few Goldfinches moving east with a Short-eared Owl and Marsh Harrier both departing east.
Combined totals as follows:

Common Buzzard 2
Marsh Harrier 1 E @ 11.35
Tawny Owl 2
Short-eared Owl 1 S and then drifted off E @ 10.45
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark c50 with c 25 moving over the area.
Rock Pipit 2
Robin c45
Stonechat 2
Blackbird c50
Ring Ouzel 6 in Cow Gap.
Redwing 5
Song Thrush 20
Dartford Warbler 1
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 B/T wood
Chiffchaff 7
Goldcrest 6
Goldfinch c100 (70 W)
Siskin 6 W
Redpoll 1
Bullfinch 2
Corn Bunting 1 singing.



Juvenile type Dartford Warbler above Belle Tout wood.

 Redwing near Belle Tout wood.

(taken by David Cooper)
Short-eared Owl over Hodcombe