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.

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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.

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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.

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Spotted Flycatcher.

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

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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

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