Sunday, 24 August 2014

24th August 2014 Beachy NW2 Clear

Common Buzzard 4+
Sparrowhawk 2
Hobby 1
Kestrel 2
Collared Dove 2
Swallow 75
Sand Martin 140
Yellow Wagtail 85 mainly W
Wheatear 5
Whinchat 3
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 2
Whitethroat 25
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Willow Warbler 11
Chiffchaff 1

Grasshopper Warbler at Belle Tout
A surprisingly vocal individual not only giving sharp, rather hard 'tic' or 'tchick' calls but a long continuous series loud and rapid series of such calls and including some more liquid calls. Southbound first-year birds have sufficient fat reserves to reach North Africa with only a single stopover. Given the inconspicuous nature of the species it is surprising they are considered a frequent prey item of Eleonora's Falcon in an island colony off western Morocco! (BWP).

Whinchat at the Old Trapping Area