Sunday, 9 September 2012

9 September 2012 Beachy Head Hot sunny all day N 1

Another fine sunny and hot day. A few new arrivals, but generally birding was rather hard-work and after the first couple of hours, very few migrants could be found. Hirundine numbers were poor considering the time of the year, otherwise little diurnal migration was recorded other than numbers of fly-over Yellow Wagtails.  We again covered the Headland sites with JK. We also met up briefly with SL & GG who kindly gave me their sightings and Pete & Mim were also birding on the Headland and covered most sites. The local highlight was a Nuthatch coasting W along the cliff edge (perhaps returning to Corsica - in my dreams) and a Beachy tick for DC and JK.

Met Office view
Low pressure to the west of the UK will bring a weather front across western parts of the UK today, as well as strengthening winds as the day goes on. Warm air from the continent, will spread northwards ahead of the front, bringing the risk of a few showers, but also some very high temperatures in the south and east of the UK. High pressure across much of Europe is bringing dry, settled conditions.

Sparrowhawk 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Swift 1
Sand Martin 12
Swallow 150
House Martin 30
Yellow Wagtail 65 (Chiefly fly-overs)
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Redstart 3
Whinchat 3
Wheatear 35
Sedge Warbler 7
Reed Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 6
Common Whitethroat 35
Blackcap 6
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 8
Nuthatch 1 flying W over The Old Trapping Area (Our 12th record since 1960, the last was one in Hodcombe in 2011).
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 6

Yellow Wagtails at Belle Tout - A flock of c400 have been seen in the last few days.

Migrant Hawker - good influx at Beachy during this last week

Insects at the Old Trapping Area - where are the Flycatchers when you need them.