23rd May 2016

Overnight rain, SW wind increasing through the day, mainly fine.



Relatively quiet over the last few days. The majority of the headlands birds now appear to be breeders rather than migrants. Every 20 meters seems to hold a singing male Whitethroat. Also well represented are breeding Stonechat, Linnet, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit. Corn Bunting and Skylark singing in good numbers, especially the latter not so much the former. A pair of Yellowhammer are occupying the same spot as last year.

John Cooper had 3 Spotted Flycatcher, a single Turtle Dove west and a real Beachy Head oddity, a Ring necked Parakeet which long with a Hobby I had this afternoon, constitutes some bonafide migrants today.

The main personal highlight over recent days came early evening on the 21st as a pair of Turtle Dove flew through the site. My first at Beachy Head and my first in the UK for perhaps 3/4 years. A sad story reflected throughout the country. I was pleased to see them but it came as a reminder how rare and perilously close to extinction as a UK breeder these doves are becoming.


A Hobby at Hodcombe mid Afternoon.


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1 Response to 23rd May 2016

  1. Linda says:

    Beautiful photos.


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