Saturday, 30 August 2014

Beachy (30 August 2014, white-capped Redstart and Wryneck)

Saturday 30 August.  Most of the day at Beachy with John King and for a lot of it David Cooper and Brenda Kay.  A stronger than forecast wind made finding landbirds difficult and I'd left my telescope at home which put paid to seawatching (DC & BK had a Balearic).  Covering much of the head we had an enjoyable day, especially considering the conditions.  JK found a Wryneck on the eastern side of Whitbread Hollow (by the Jones memorial seat) but it was quite mobile and stayed hidden for most of the time either inside bushes or in long grass.  We also saw 5 Redstarts (including a white-capped male), 7 Whinchats, 3 Spotted Flycatchers (I missed one), 28 Whitethroats, 2 Lessers, 11 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, 80 Swallows, 16 Sand Martins, 4 Yellow Wagtails and a Buzzard.

white-capped Redstart in Whitbread Hollow

it was an adult male
Wryneck in Whitbread Hollow
this was the only time it sat out

Stonechat in Shooter's bottom
Thursday 28 August.  Peregrine on Southwick Power Station chimney.

Tuesday 26 August.  Single Wheatears on Hove seafront tennis court fence and pitch and pitt.

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