Wednesday, 20 August 2014

20 Aug 2014 Beachy Head Cool at first becoming fine and sunny, NW 1-2 to W 1

We met up with JK at Birling and covered all the main sites on the Headland including Icky Ridge. Also met up with RB who was also covering Shooters Bottom to Birling areas. RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow during the morning. LP also covered Whitbread Hollow/Cow Gap areas during the morning.
Another reasonable fall of common night migrants, with Blackcap numbers beginning to build up in Whitbread Hollow and good numbers of Garden Warblers also present. Small increase in hirundine numbers but otherwise diurnal migration still pretty stagnate.
Combined totals with birds ringed shown in brackets:

Little Egret 12 E Cow Gap
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 2
Hobby 1 (caught a hirundine over the Top Fields).
Tawny Owl 2
Swift 3
Sand Martin 55
Swallow c100
House Martin 20
Yellow Wagtail 1
Tree Pipit 4
Common Redstart 3
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 20-Our best day so far this year.
Grasshopper Warbler 1 (1)
Sedge Warbler 2 (2)
Reed Warbler 3 (1)
Lesser Whitethroat 5 (2)
Common Whitethroat 130 (31)
Garden Warbler 30 (13)
Blackcap 80 (27)
Chiffchaff 2 (1)
Willow Warbler 53 (5)
Raven 2

Clouded Yellow 7 including pale variety helice.
Brown Argus 2
Hummingbird Hawk Moth 1
Weasle 1
Fox 1

Willow Warbler at Birling.

Wheatears at Belle Tout

Hobby over the Top Fields.


Hummingbird Hawk Moth in Shooters Bottom.


Brown Argus in the Hotel Garden