Sunday, 26 July 2009

26th July 2009 Beachy Head Calm at dawn to SW3

Fulmar 1
Little Egret 1 on the beach at Birling Gap
Swift 25 in a single flock west over Whitbread Hollow
Sand Martin 8 south over the Old Trapping Area
Swallow 10
Pied Wagtail 1 adult with 1 juvenile at Birling Gap
Stonechat 5
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 2
Common Whitehtoat 15
Willow Warbler 6
Raven 1
Starling 400
Goldfinch 8
Corn Bunting 1 with House Sparrows at Birling Gap

Now deprived of overhead wires the Starling flocks have taken to congregating on the local rooftops at Birling Lane.

Our first Reed Warbler of the Autumn at Birling Gap Lane

Adult Pied Wagtail at Birling Gap

Juvenile Pied Wagtail at Birling Gap

Looking towards Eastbourne Pier from Whitbread Hollow at low tide

Part of the massive nationwide influx of Painted Lady Butterflies at the Old Trapping Area

Red Admiral at the Old Trapping Area

Saturday, 25 July 2009

25th July 2009 Beachy Head W3

Fulmar 1
Turtle Dove 1
Swift 2
Sand Martin 25
Swallow 15
Stonechat 3
Common Whitethroat 25
Willow Warbler 8

Birling Gap viewed from the top of Birling Lane

Juvenile Linnet at Birling Gap. The very restricted visible white shafts to the bases of the primaries suggest this is a juvenile female.

Hodcombe Farm viewed from Shooter's Bottom

Gatekeeper Butterfly at Shooter's Bottom

Juvenile Common Whitethroat in the Old Trapping Area. Juveniles typically appear short-billed and the iris is darker than in adult females.

Adult male Common Whitethroat in the Old Trapping Area. The grey crown, colourful brown-orange iris and pinkish-tinged breast readily age this individual.

Small Copper in Cow Gap

Chalkhill Blue in Cow Gap

Clouded Yellow in Whitbread Hollow

Brown Argus at Belle Tout

18th July 2009 Birling Gap Seawatch W6

Manx Shearwater 2W
Mediterranean Gull 21W
Peregrine 1 juv.
Hobby 1
Redshank 1 passing west before being chased by the Peregrine