December 31st 2015 – End of the year


The Exmoor herd at Birling on Monday.

No I haven’t closed the blog! It’s the lack of birds that gradually dwindles the postings to zero. Come November and the decrease in migrant numbers Beachy Head becomes very slow, or virtually birdless! I’ve been visiting less regularly then at other, more productive, times of year. A Short eared Owl frequented the shooters bottom area at the end of November and a Dartford Warbler, encountered on the 28th December, suggests there is at least one individual over wintering again. I have however spent a little time birding within the local vicinity. Pevensey Levels hosts a few Short-eared Owls this winter and between West Rise and the Cuckmere valley, a handful of Caspian & Yellow-legged Gulls can be found. Also at West Rise were small numbers of Bearded Tit, Water Pipit & Jack Snipe.

Who knows, maybe some hard weather in the new year will produce something of interest.

Thank you for the comments throughout 2015 and I look forward to what avian delights unfold on Beachy Head in 2016.


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