Monday, 22 September 2014

22 Sept 2014 Beachy Head Cool at first becoming fine sunny and warm. NNE 1-2

Beautiful autumnal morning and we covered all the main sites on the Headland with the exception of the Belle Toot loop, meeting up with RKH, RES and SU. LP was birding in the Whitbread Hollow area during the morning, and also visited the Headland during the afternoon when ME was also birding on the Head.
Respectable arrival of night migrants chiefly Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps with 2 Firecrests again at Birling.
Diurnal passage was on the slow side considering how clear it was, 1 Osprey SE over Shooters Bottom at 14.40 hrs. was the highlight, also a party of 11 Jays E.
Combined totals of the observers:

Grey Heron 1 S high over Birling.
Osprey 1 high SE over Shooters Bottom
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 3
Kestrel 4
Skylark 3 N high over the cliff edge at Chat Vale.
Sand Martin 2 E
Swallow 360 E
House Martin 350 chiefly feeding over the cliffs
Meadow Pipit 200 chiefly E
Yellow Wagtail 4 E
Grey Wagtail 1 E
Pied Wagtail 6 E
Robin 20
Common Redstart 3 Shooters Bottom
Whinchat 4
Wheatear 3
Song Thrush 2
Grasshopper Warbler 2
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 2+
Common Whitethroat 4
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 120
Chiffchaff 86
Goldcrest 5
Firecrest 2
Spotted Flycatcher 1-2
Jay 11 E over Shooters Bottom
Chaffinch 50 with some moving E
Greenfinch 4 E
Linnet 20 E


Firecrest at Birling

 11 Jays flew East over Shooters Bottom.


Kestrel over the Top Fields.

Chiffchaff in the Hotel Garden.

Sedge Warbler in the Hotel Garden

(taken by Roger Haggar)
Moulting Common Buzzard over the Old Trapping Area.

(taken by Roger Haggar)
Spotted Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area.

(above two taken by Laurence Pitcher)
Osprey flying South over Shooters Bottom.