Tuesday 25-Thursday 27 October 2011: A peregrine was seen on Southwick Power Station chimney each evening on the way home from work.
Saturday 29 October 2011: Most of the day was spent between Belle Tout and Crowlink enjoying the mild weather and expected late autumn migrants without the excitement of a hoped for wing-barred phyllosc. Birds seen included 2 Peregrines, 6 ad & 2 juv Little Gulls (S over Birling field), 64 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 2 Tawny Owls (Belle Tout), 2 Short-eared Owls (1E & 1S over Birling), Rock Pipit, 2 Black Redstarts (Birling & Bailey’s Hill), 3 Stonechats, Wheatear, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler (a very late individual in Belle Tout), 5 Goldcrests, 4 Firecrests (1 Birling, 3 Belle Tout), 21 Long-tailed Tits (Went Hill), 2 Treecreepers (Belle Tout), Raven and a Redpoll (heard).
|the last Wheatear of the year?|
|a very late Willow Warbler in Belle Tout - not the unusual phyllosc we were hoping for|
|Tawny Owl in Belle Tout|
|Black Redstart on Bailey's Hill|
Sunday 30 October 2011: Returned to Beachy expecting similar weather but the wind had picked up. Stayed to early afternoon seeing Tawny Owl, Black Redstart (Birling), Ring Ouzel & Redwing (ditto), Blackcap, Willow Warbler (same), 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests (Belle Tout), 2 Treecreepers (same), Raven, 70 Goldfinches and 10 Redpolls (8E & 2 W). A walk around the Houseboats with Megan produced a Grey Wagtail.
|Black Redstart at Birling|
|Ring Ouzel at Birling|