Tuesday, 6 August 2013

6 August 2013 Beachy Head Fine becoming warm N 3-4

Our best fall of Willow Warblers was recorded today for this Autumn, together with a small selection of other common night migrants. Met up with Bob and Ron and between us we covered virtually all the sites including the Cliff Path and Whitbread Hollow.
Also a nice showing of butterlies etc.

Fulmar 4
Hobby 1 over Belle Tout wood
Peregrine 2
Swift 15
Swallow 12
Sand Martin 1
Yellow Wagtail 1
Stonechat 6 (Including the pair of Continental birds with 1 young in Shooters Bottom still)
Wheatear 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 4
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 40
Garden Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 100
Spotted Flycatcher 1 still in juvenile plumage.
Linnet 40
Bullfinch 1
Corn Bunting 1

Good numbers of common downland butterflies ie Meadow Browns, Small Skippers, Gatekeepers etc.
Peacock 8
Chalk Hill Blue 100+
Small Blue 1
Small Copper 5
Marbled White 6
Silver-spotted Skipper 10 (including 1 along the Cliff Path)
Dark Green Fritillary 5
Painted Lady 7
Also at least 50 Silver Y moths.

Fall of 100 Willow Warblers on the Head today.

Lesser Whitethroat in the Old Trapping Area, taken by Ron Knight

Sedge Warbler in Shooters Bottom, taken by Ron Knight

Wheatear at the Old Trapping Area taken by Ron Knight

Small Blue at Shooters Bottom taken by Ron Knight

Marbled Whites are coming to the end of their flying season.

A faded Dark Green Fritillary

Taken by Ron Knight


Ten Silver-spotted Skippers seen today