Sunday, 16 September 2012

16 September 2012 Beachy Head Overcast but dry W 3-4

Arrived at Birling to a dull overcast day but quite windy which made birding difficult. Generally very few migrants present on the Headland although Meadow Pipits were seen in good numbers. Virtually no diurnal migration was recorded apart for 115 Meadow Pipits W. The BHRG were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had excellent numbers of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps but otherwise just small numbers of other migrants. We met up with JK & RJF at Birling and covered most of the Headland sites and also briefly met up with RES and RKH. Birds ringed are shown in brackets.

Met Office view
High pressure across much of western Europe at the moment, as well as very few isobars, indicates settled weather with very light winds. Northern parts of the UK however, as well as Scandinavia, have closely spaced isobars, indicating strong winds here. A weather front to the north of Scotland is a band of cloud and rain, which will move southwards across the UK today.

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Tawny Owl 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 7
Swallow 70
House Martin 30
Tree Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit c400 (115 W)
Yellow Wagtail 1 W
Robin 15
Song Thrush 5 (3)
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 3
Common Whitethroat 5 (3)
Blackcap 350 (148)
Chiffchaff 313 (103)
Goldcrest 2 (1)
Spotted Flycatcher 1 (1)
Long Tailed Tit 3
Raven 2

Red Admiral 15
Comma 3
Grey Squirrel 1 on the old Belle Tout lighthouse.

Goldcrest trapped and ringed in Whitbread Hollow (taken by Jake Everitt)

Spotted Flycatcher trapped and ringed in Whitbread Hollow (taken by Jake Everitt)