2nd September 2014. Pied Flycatchers.

First visit to Beachy Head after returning from a very wet 5 days in Falsterbo, Sweden. Light ENE winds, cloudy start becoming fine and very warm. A number of sites covered including The Old Trapping area, Birling Gap, Michel Dean & Belle Tout. Lots of activity first thing with Phylloscopus Warblers and Hirundines on the move.


Pied Flycatcher. One of two at Michel Dean.

2 Pied Flycatcher  together in Michel Dean. Redstarts in both the old trapping area (male) and belle tout (female). Spotted Flycatcher, at least 6/7 mostly Belle Tout and Birling Gap. 9 Yellow Wagtails over.


Swallows, Martins and a Swift above Beachy Head.

Many 100’s of hirundines, perhaps 1000+ made up of 60% Swallow, House Martin 37% and 3% Sand Martin. 3 late Swift mixed in with the Swallows. Also a Marsh Harrier headed purposefully south and out to sea over Belle Tout lighthouse at 12.30.


Spotted Flycatcher.

Several in the tree tops viewed from above Belle Tout wood.


Female Redstart in the small copse beside Belle Tout Wood.


Other bits included:

Whitethroat c60

Blackcap c25

Lesser Whitethroat 3

Reed Warbler 3

Willow Warbler c30

Chiffchaff c20

Hobby 1.


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