Saturday, 15 October 2011

15th October, 2011 Beachy Head. Cold at first becoming sunny & warm. E 1-2

We covered nearly all the sites on the Headland. RKH & RES also covered several sites as did GG & SL. CB covered Holywell and B/T wood. RDME & SM were ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
RHC & EHC with Andy & Gill Swash visited Crowlink and found an Isabelline Wheatear, lucky the bird stayed and a good number of observers were able to connect with it.
The following totals are our combined totals with birds ringed in brackets. The totals also include birds seen at Crowlink which is situated on the very western edge of the Beachy Head recording area:

Grey Heron 4 flew high out to sea before departing W.
Sparrowhawk 3
Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine 2
Stock Dove 2 E
Tawny Owl 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 46 (21 E)
Swallow 41
House Martin 4
Meadow Pipit 40 E
Alba Wagtail 70 (46 E over Birling & 24 E over Crowlink)
Wren 6 (3)
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 9
Isabelline Wheatear 1 Crowlink (First for Sussex).
Ring Ouzel 5 (4 Shooters Bottom & 1 over Birling).
Blackcap 20 (10)
Chiffchaff 14 (4)
Long Tailed Tit 7 (Crowlink)
Raven 1
Greenfinch 12 E
Goldfinch 235 E
Chaffinch 12 E
Siskin 173 E
Linnet 100 E
Lesser Redpoll 14 E
Reed Bunting 3 E
Corn Bunting 12

Peacock 1
Clouded Yellow 1
Common Blue 1
Painted Lady 1
Small White 4
Red Admiral 4

Male Ring Ouzel in Shooters Bottom taken by RKH

Isabelline Wheatear on Crowlink

With dusk falling would-be observers pursuing the Isabelline Wheatear towards Beachy

Probably our last Common Blue of the year.

Silver Y Moth