Monday, 29 August 2011

29th August, 2011. Beachy Head. Sunny periods NW3

Visited the Headland and birded virtually all the usual sites including the rough field. Met up with most of the locals.
RDME & JAGD were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had large numbers of Common Whitethroats & Blackcaps.
The following are our combined totals with birds ringed in brackets:

Common Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 2-4
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1 Shooters Bottom (PN)
Peregrine 2
Swift 1
Wryneck 1 again in Shooters Bottom.
Sand Martin 105 W
Swallow 130
House Martin 10
Tree Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail 6 W
Grey Wagtail 3 W
Common Redstart 3
Whinchat 3
Wheatear 12
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 1 (1)
Reed Warbler 8 (3)
Lesser Whitethroat 3 (1)
Common Whitethroat 135 (22)
Garden Warbler 4 (4)
Blackcap 400 (119)
Chiffchaff 7 (7)
Willow Warbler 30 (5)
Pied Flycatcher 1
Raven 2

Chalk Hill Blue 2
Small Heath 2
Small Copper 1
Painted Lady 1
Red Admiral 3
Meadow Brown 15
Migrant Hawker 1
Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1

Autumn Ladies Tresses Still good numbers at Birling and also 2 sites in Whitbread Hollow.

Wheatear - Our first bird of the day.

Willow Warbler eyeing up breakfast on Icky Ridge.

Pied Flycatcher in the Hotel Garden.

Male Wheatear above Belle Tout wood

Whinchat at Belle Tout

Maybe the last of this years Autumn Ladies Tresses.

Meadow Brown

Small Heath

He thinks I can't see him!!

Pete contemplating life, after Arsenal's 8-2 defeat by Man Utd.

Crimson Speckled - Utetheisa pulchella.
above Belle Tout wood on the 21st August, taken
by Tony Cook.

Its a migrant from the Mediterranean and North Africa, with
around 100 records in the UK during the last century.