Saturday, 9 August 2014

9 Aug 2014 Beachy Head Overcast with sunny periods warm. SW 5W

We arrived at Birling and met up with JK. We covered all the main sites on the Headland apart for the Belle Tout Gully loop owing to the strong breeze. Also met up with LP who was birding the Birling and Shooters Bottom areas. RHC tried a short sea-watch but with no joy.
With the strong SW breeze, migrant numbers were again very poor, a Grasshopper Warbler was flushed in Shooters Bottom and a number of juv Gulls were moving W. over the cliffs. Majority were Herrings but c8 juv. Lesser-black backs and 2 juv.Yellow-legged Gulls were seen. Once again no diurnal migration was recorded and hirundines were virtually non-existent.
Bob and Sarah were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and ringed a number of migrants including a Spotted Flycatcher.
Combined totals are shown below with birds ringed are shown in brackets.

Fulmar 3
Little Egret 3
Peregrine 4
Ringed Plover 1 flew over the Head
Curlew 4 W
Yellow-legged Gull 2 juvs.
Tawny Owl 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 1
Swallow just 5
Song Thrush 3 (2)
Wheatear 2
Grasshopper Warbler 2 (1)
Sedge Warbler 2 (1)
Reed Warbler 7 (3)
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 28 (9)
Garden Warbler 10 (7)
Blackcap 7 (2)
Chiffchaff 1 (1)
Willow Warbler 12 (5)
Spotted Flycatcher 1 (1)
Raven 2
Yellowhammer 3 (pair with 1x 1stW)

Clouded Yellow 2
Autumn Ladies Tresses Good number are now in flower at Birling.

At the end of July a Pied Flycatcher spent 3 days in Hodcombe.

Willow Warbler - just 12 seen today.
Unless some large Willow Warbler falls are recorded during
the next 10 days, this Autumn may very well be our worst on
record, since regular watching commenced in 1960.

Autumn Ladies Tresses - good numbers are now
out in flower at Birling.