Early morning visit to Shooters Bottom, quite still in comparison to previous mornings, bright and sunny. Meadow Pipit and Hirundines still moving east accompanied by 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 30c Chaffinch, and 25c Skylark. Skylark are an abundant breeder on Beachy Head during the summer months but it would appear the breeding population either become very inconspicuous or move out of the area during late summer. The birds I’m beginning to see now are I’m sure migrants. This was the first morning I’ve seen moderate numbers after seeing 1 or 2 each morning over the last 4/5 days. In addition a Merlin shot through and continued north perusing Meadow Pipits as it went, I think this may be the same individual thats been around for the last week. Birds in the bushes included, 1 Redstart, 20 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap & a Reed Warbler. Although there’s not been any scarcities recently seeing large numbers of migrants moving over the incredible setting of Beachy Head is in itself a treat.
Stonechat. Shooter’s Bottom.