Saturday, 12 November 2011

12th November, 2011 Beachy Head. Dull & Overcast mild. E 1

We only had under 3 hours on the Head today and covered Birling Gap lane, Belle Tout wood & the Hotel Garden. RDME SM & PF were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and this will be their last day of ringing this year. The following are our combined totals with birds ringed in brackets:

Little Egret 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 3
Woodpigeon 70 S
Tawny Owl 4
Wren 9 (2)
Robin 26 (4)
Blackbird 37 (11)
Fieldfare 1
Song Thrush 1
Chiffchaff 10 (3) Small late arrival.
Goldcrest 10 (2)
Starling 120 W
Goldfinch 150 E
Siskin 6 W
Lesser Redpoll 100 (77)
Bullfinch 2 (1)

Ten Chiffchaffs arrived on the Head today.

Scandinavian Chiffchaff P. collybita abietinus at Birling Gap
With its insipid toned upperparts, lack of yellow to its underparts, subdued supercilium and somewhat overall tristis-like appearance surely as good as this form gets!

Tawny Owl again showing in Belle Tout wood