One of the 7 Red Kite this morning.
A wet start to the day, light wind from NW, sunny by mid-afternoon with rain later. I Started at Shooters Bottom, no sign of yesterdays reported Ring Ouzel, although there were 2 Redwing, 20 Blackbird (possibly some migrants in that total) a small flock of Goldfinch and 15 Chaffinch. On to Belle Tout where the wood held 25 Chiffchaff (probably about 30 for the whole area) and 2 Blackcap (1st of the spring). A female Wheatear (also a 1st of the spring) was in the area of the old Exmoor paddock. Mid-morning a group of 7 Red Kite drifted in from the west and circled over Belle Tout before continuing east (these follow 1 over Eastbourne on 21st). Wandering Red Kite have become an annual feature of early spring here. To my knowledge there are no local breeders and records are clustered into late March to early May.
7 Red Kite together.
There has been a lot of Peregrine activity around the headland of late, today an immature bird was aggressively chased off over Belle Tout, and a male delivered a racing pigeon to it’s mate. 6 Common Buzzard also seen, 2 birds looked like wanderers, drifting high along the coast. The others are local breeders. A female Black Redstart was flycatching from rooftops along Birling Lane. c200 Brent Geese moved East off shore in small groups.
A Peregrine and a racing pigeon that won’t be returning home.
Birling Gap and Belle Tout Lighthouse from Seven Sisters.