Sunday, 9 September 2001

9th September 2001 Beachy Head 6.45am - 1.20pm. Northwesterly wind and cold. Dry

Gannet 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel c.2
Peregrine 1 juv. Upperparts appeared quite brown. Upper surface of tail appeared pale and contrasted with remainder of upperparts. White tips to the tail. Pale buff band across nape. Hit a Pigeon sp. on three occasions but failed to take it.
Merlin 1
Sand Martin c.30
Swallow c.50
House Martin c.500
Meadow Pipit c.20
Tree Pipit 3
Yellow Wagtail c.30
Grey Wagtail 2
Redstart c.5
Wheatear c.2
Whinchat c.5
Blackcap c.5
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat c.15
Sedge Warbler 1
Willow Warbler c.10
Chiffchaff c.5
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Red-backed Shrike 1 juv. Bill dark with pale base. Crown brown barred darker. Pale supercilium. Rufous-brown ear coverts. Greyish cast to nape. Mantle reddish being boldly barred. Coverts boldly patterned. Pale edgings to secondaries and pale tips to primaries. Tail rufous-brown. Underparts greyish-white with dark chevrons to flanks. Would catch airborne insects whilst remaining perched.