Sunday, 26 September 2004

26th September 2004 Beachy 6.40am – 1.15pm. Calm. Clear at first becoming cloudy late morning

Gannet c.8W
Sparrowhawk c2
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1 near Drusillas catching insects on the wing
Peregrine 1
Merlin 1 fem/juv.
Curlew 1
Bonxie 1W high above horizon past Birling
Sandwich Tern 4W
Commic Tern 2E
Short-eared Owl 1 high over Old Trapping at dawn for a prolonged period. Black smudgy tips to primaries easily visible with three discrete concentric black bands crossing the inner primaries.
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 15
Sand Martin 1
Swallow c.50
House Martin c.75
Meadow Pipit c.100
Alba Wagtail 10
Yellow Wagtail 11
Wheatear 8
Whinchat 1
Song Thrush 2
Mistle Thrush 2 flying over gully opposite Beachy Head Hotel
Blackbird c.5
Blackcap 9
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 25
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Reed Bunting 2
Goldfinch 20
Linnet c.100 including a partially albino individual with wholly white wings and tail and body plumage paler than normal.