11th March 2015 – Rubicola type Stonechats.


Rubicola “type” Stonechat today near Belle Tout.

Another bright sunny day, moderate easterly breeze. Much has been said about the appearance and apparent breeding of Rubicola “type” Stonechats on Beachy Head. In fact this individuals appearance has more in common with the Stonechats I saw in Majorca last week. There’s a whole piece written by Beachy Head royalty John & David Cooper here at birding frontiers

Lots of birds can be heard in song at present, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Meadow Pipit & Skylark. I didn’t encounter any new migrants other than a few Redwing in the bushes below the lighthouse. Yesterday (10th) a Short-eared Owl appeared at sunset hunting between Birling and Belle Tout. A Dartford Warbler was also heard. In addition I saw my first Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies


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