Sunday, 30 September 2012

Beachy Head (29-30 September 2012)

24-28 September.  Cycling to work produced 1 or 2 Peregrines on Southwick Power Station chimney most days, a Rock Pipit in Shoreham Harbour on 26th and a Chiffchaff by the lock gates on 27th.

29 September.  Beachy Head with John King, all main areas on top covered.  Sparrowhawk 2, Green Woodpecker 4, Sky Lark 9, Swallow 2500+, House Martin 1500+, Meadow Pipit 200, Yellow Wagtail 1W, Pied Wagtail 9W, Dunnock 14, Robin 17, Stonechat 19, Wheatear 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1 or 2 (in Shooter's Bottom), Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 25, Chiffchaff 24, Goldcrest 3, Blue Tit 23, Jay 4 (but we missed a flock of 13), Raven 3, Siskin 20W (with as many heard only).

Adur for evening low tide.  Bait-diggers 4, Cormorant 30N (to roost), Little Egret 2, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Redshank 12, gulls very few.

30 September.  Beachy Head with John King, all main areas on top covered except the rides which were too windswept.  Sparrowhawk 2, Green Woodpecker 4, Great Spotted Woodpecker 3, Sky Lark 5, Sand Martin 2, Swallow 750+, House Martin 15, Meadow Pipit 100, Yellow Wagtail 1W, Pied Wagtail 14W, Stonechat 8, Wheatear 2, Reed Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 12, Chiffchaff 30, Goldcrest 1, Raven 1, Siskin 3W (others heard only), Goldfinch 110, Corn Bunting 1.

Pulborough Brooks with John King.  Arrived after the Pectoral Sandpiper had flown off and left before it returned.  Egyptian Goose 2, Marsh Harrier 1 juvenile, Peregrine 1, Snipe 7, Ruff 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Jay 2.

Adur at Dacre Gardens/Passies Pond.  Little Egret 4.

Beachy Head lighthouse

Birling Gap and Seaford Head

Brown Hawker with damaged wings at Belle Tout

 resting on JK

Migrant Hawker at Belle Tout

Bar-tailed Godwit on the Adur showing its named feature

in evening light

Shoreham Old Toll Bridge and rising moon

Green Woodpecker on a Birling lawn

Egyptian Goose at Pulborough

distant Ruff at Pulborough (as most waders there are)

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