Saturday, 23 August 2014

23 Aug 2014 Beachy Head Cool at first becoming fine sunny and warm and then overcast. N 1 to W 2-3

We met up with RJF and JK at Birling and covered the majority sites on the Headland and also did a raptor watch for around an hour. A number of other birders including RB were also covering the Head.  RDME was ringing in Whitbread Hollow.
Just a small fall of common night migrants recorded, with a juv. Cuckoo being the best. Small westerly diurnal passage logged which included small numbers of Flava Wagtails and Sand Martins.

The following are the combined totals with birds ringed are shown in brackets.

Grey Heron 1 W off Birling
Sparrowhawk 2
Common Buzzard 3
Kestrel 1
Whimbrel 2 W
Turnstone 1 W over the Old Trapping Area with a party of feral pigeons.
Curlew 6 W
Cuckoo 1 juv at Birling
Tawny Owl 1 Hollow
Swift 1 S
Sand Martin 50 W
Swallow 50 W
House Martin 24 W
Tree Pipit 2 W
Flava Wagtail 9 W
Common Redstart 2
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 3
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 3 (3)
Lesser Whitethroat 6 (1)
Common Whitethroat 67 (7)
Garden Warbler 6 (4)
Blackcap 32 (10)
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 21

Brimstone 1
Clouded Yellow 2
Painted Lady 1
Common Darter 1


 Juvenile Cuckoo at Birling

Common Buzzard over Belle Tout

Brimstone at Belle Tout

Female Common Darter at Belle Tout.