Friday, 8 April 2011

8th April, 2011 Beachy Head. Fine warm & sunny, NW 0-1

Doreen and myself concentrated on birding the various sites on the Headland today in beautiful weather. RDME was also working the Headland and kindly telephoned us when he located 2 Red Kites sat in a field just to the E. of Shooters Bottom. We were joined by RHC, who informed us that he has seen Red Kites over the last 3 days with 1 on the 5th, 2 on the 6th and up to 12 yesterday including 8 in the air together.
The following birds seen today were the combined totals of of RDME & our sightings:

Shelduck a pair around Birling area probably prospecting.
Red Kite 2 in field to the East of Shooters Bottom drifted off East.
Common Buzzard 1 over the Head
Black Redstart 1 at Birling
Wheatear 4
Blackcap 9
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 22
Raven 1-2
Corn Bunting 1

Peacock 2
Brimstone 1 B/T wood.
Dotted Bee-Fly 2 at Birling.

Red Kite tussling with a Raven near Shooters Bottom.

Two Red Kites were present this morning near Shooters Bottom.

Chiffchaff in the Old Trapping Area.

Female Wheatear at Birling

Male Stonechat at Birling.

Male Chaffinch at Birling.

Two more pics of the Dotted Bee-fly at Birling.

White Tailed Bee