Tuesday, 19 August 2014

19 Aug 2014 Beachy Head Overcast and cool becoming sunny SW-W 2 to increasing to NW 4-5

RDME worked all the usual Headland sites including Cornish Track and visited Hodcombe, and LP birded in the Holywell area, during the morning and visited Cow Gap and the Hollow during the evening.
Just small numbers of migrants present and no diurnal migration recorded with hirundines numbers again almost non-existent. The highlight was a Montagu's Harrier moving NW low over Birling at 07.00. which by its size it was considered to be a juv. male . Also a hobby was seen on the Headland.
The combined totals are as follows:

Montagu's Harrier 1 NW over Birling at 07.00. (RDME). Our first record since 2006.
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1
Swallow just 2
House Martin 2
Meadow Pipit 15
Redstart 5
Reed Warbler 1
Whitethroat c40
Willow Warbler c35
Chiffchaff 3
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 1
Linnet 60

Painted Lady 1
Wall Lizard 8