24th February 2015. Dartford Warbler lingers on.


View from Shooters toward Birling Gap.

Shooters Bottom. A bright clear morning with a moderate westerly. At least one Dartford Warbler appears to have over wintered. I only heard it this morning, strange hearing Sylvia warbler song in February! Song Thrush, Dunnock and Chaffinch all in song too plus many Skylarks leads thoughts towards the coming spring. A pair of Peregrine sparred with a Common Buzzard over the back of Hodcomb. A Raven flew west.

I intend to only cover Beachy Head on this blog and the winter months are lean pickings hence the lack of recent postings. That said the local area has been good this winter with a long staying Rough-legged Buzzard (which did at least once wander on to Beachy Head), good numbers of Short-eared Owl and, up until late January, a long staying Richard’s Pipit. Dare I say Wheatears soon…?


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