Birds seen at Beachy included Sparrowhawk, Merlin, Peregrine, 500+ Wood Pigeons, 39 Sky Lark, 5 Wood Lark, 105 Swallows, 25 House Martins, 14 Pied Wagtails, 6 Stonechats, Siberian Stonechat, 4 Ring Ouzels, Redwing, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaff, 26 Goldcrests, 12 Jays (4W at Birling, of which I only saw one and 7E then W over Belle Tout when picked up an 8th), 405 Goldfinches, 8 Siskins, 5 Redpoll, 6 Corn and 4 Reed Buntings.
|Siberian Stonechat at Birling - note white throat, pale underparts (colour more like a Whinchat), very black wings and tail and stong hint of a supercilium|
|a bit blurred but showing the extensive, unstreaked, very pale peachy rump (I'm not able to take photos of moving subjects at 1/15th second and get them pin sharp - ExIf data will shows this had shutter speed on 1/160th)|
|showing paler than stonechat upperparts too|
|showing white throat and the supercilium appearing more prominent|
|the supercilium was more prominent when viewed head on|
|note the pale unstreaked rump, black tertials with thick pale, buff edges, lack of white in base of the tail, long primary projection and white throat. The nape also appears quite cold but at this angle the supercilium is quite indistinct|
|another view of rump, tertials primary projection and tail|
|tertial edges showing well although the flank feathers are obscuring the flight feathers. The supercilium is hardly noticeable from this angle|
|showing the rump to be as pale as the underparts, in flight it contrasted very well with the black tail|
|another view showing the rump and long primaries|
|rump and tail in flight, although this shot could be anything|
|lovely bird, even when trying to pass itself off as a Whinchat!|
|Corn Bunting at Birling|
15-19 October. Cycling to work I only saw a Peregrine on the Power station chimney twice. At least it is still light, just about, both ways, but only for another week. Herring Gulls A4AH and A4AJ were seen at the University of Sussex and a lunch hour in Stanmer Park produced 2 Nuthatches but very little else.