Saturday, 27 September 2014

27 Sept 2014 Beachy Head Overcast humid W 0-1

We joined up with RJF and JK at Birling and covered all the main sites on the Headland, also meeting up with RKH and RES in Shooters Bottom and they had covered several sites including a visit to Hodcombe. Bob and Sarah were ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps and also a Hobby showed in the Hollow.
Reasonable fall of Chiffchaffs on the Headland, with a single Grasshopper Warbler being the highlight. Swallows and House Martins again moving E in reasonable numbers with smaller numbers of Meadow Pipits and another Jay which moved W.

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

Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 3
Hobby 1
Merlin 1
Sandwich Tern 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 2
Skylark 12 E
Sand Martin 1 E
Swallow c1,500 E
House Martin c1,000 chiefly E
Tree Pipit 1 W
Meadow Pipit 170 (70 E)
Alba Wagtail 5 (4 E and 1 W)
Wren 6
Robin 30
Stonechat 16
Wheatear 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 3
Blackcap 210 (74 )
Chiffchaff 215 (65)
Goldcrest 5 (1)
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Long-tailed Tit 2
Jay 1 W
Raven 3
Yellowhammer 4

Wall Brown 1

An early morning Spotted Flycatcher at Birling

Perhaps the last of this year's Wall Butterflies.