13th April 2015 – A spring fall!

A clear but rapidly murky start with a very light ENE airflow over the coast. The weather had conspired to drop an excellent fall of birds on to Beachy Head.


Pied Flycatcher.

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The wood was alive with Phylloscopus Warblers and echoing to the sound of singing Willow Warblers. At least two Firecrest could be heard. Star birds came in the shape of male Redstart and Pied Flycatchers. Unfortunately both those birds only put in fleeting appearances, hence the heavily copped photo’s. In total there were perhaps c30 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff & 5 Blackcap. A visit to a fog bound Shooters Bottom at 14.00hrs, held a further 40 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and another Redstart. I’d estimate between Belle Tout and Shooters there were upwards of c70 Willow Warbler today.


Willow Warbler.

Lots of birds feeding on the ground in Shooters Bottom this afternoon.


Willow Warblers in the fog.


Blackcap. The best day for this species so far this spring.

The male Ring Ouzel was still around for it’s 3rd day, unusually long stay for a spring bird. It was fairly showy as far as Ring Ouzels go and showed brilliantly.



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