Wednesday, 19 September 2012

19 September 2012 Beachy Head Fine sunny, cool at first becoming warm NW1 - 2

Small numbers of night migrants present on the Headland chiefly in the Birling area with the Hotel Garden and The Old Trapping area being virtually birdless. An early morning passage of House Martins W but otherwise little diurnal migration was taking place. After the initial movement, House Martins were seen in fair numbers feeding over the cliffs. A good size flock of Meadow Pipits were present at Cornish Farm.
We covered all the sites on the Headland including walking the rough field and briefly met up with RKH at the Old Trapping Area. Both PN & RES were also birding the Headland.

Met Office view
The UK lies in northwesterly flow, with air descending from polar regions to give a chilly dawn period for many. Much of the UK will see fewer showers today as an area of high pressure gradually builds to the southwest.

Common Buzzard 2
Sparrowhawk 3-4
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1
Peregrine 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 2
Sand Martin 6
Swallow 150
House Martin 500 (250 W)
Meadow Pipit 420 (20 W & 400 Cornish Farm fields)
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 1
Wheatear 6
Song Thrush 2
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 4
Blackcap 22
Chiffchaff 27
Willow Warbler 2
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 2
Raven 1
Siskin 2

Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1
Migrant Hawker 1

Juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker at Birling

Spotted Flycatcher at Birling

Common Whitethroat - Just 4 seen today

1stW male type Common Redstart in Shooters Bottom

Chiffchaff at Birling

Four Wheatears were seen today