Saturday, 1 November 2014

Beachy Head (1 November Great Grey Shrike)

Saturday 1 November.  A very pleasant morning at Beachy with Martyn Kenefick, John King, John and David Cooper and Brenda Kay.  I've been going to Beachy long enough to have few expectations at this time of year, other than pleasant scenery and company, so it was a very pleasant surprise to learn that Bob Edgar had seen a Yellow-browed Warbler in Bell Tout Wood.  It showed well but briefly for us in a tit flock in the bushes to the west. Earlier we'd seen a Black Redstart at Birling (and I'd walked the wrong way past a Dartford Warbler) while a social visit to Roger and Liz added a brief Great Grey Shrike from the deck-chair (once I'd provided some amusement working out how to put it up).  I also saw 3 Peregrines, 200+ Stock Doves, 550+ Wood Pigeons, 2 Tawny Owls, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Ravens , 120 Goldfinches and single Reed and Corn Buntings.
Great Grey Shrike at Beachy Head
not on view for long and mostly against the light

it had a liking for fence posts
Black Redstart at Birling, the light wasn't quite as bad as this makes it appear

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