Yet more south westerly wind, it’s been a week of relentless howling winds which are far from favourable conditions on Beachy Head. Not only the direction but strength makes birding difficult on the exposed headland. I visited Birling, Belle Tout and Shooters.
There were a surprising number of birds in the Belle Tout area, mostly concentrated in the wood and also the east, sheltered side. No counts but significant numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff, the odd Common Whitethroat, a single Willow Warbler, one Wheatear and a couple of Goldcrest heard. Overhead about 60+ Meadow Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail and +50 Hirundines (mostly House Martin) went through along with a single late Swift.
I also had a look at Princes Park lake to check if any seabirds had taken shelter there but found that was not the case! However a Yellow-legged Gull that first appeared in late July was amongst the gulls there. Looking more 1st winter like with a decent progression of mantle moult and the bill beginning to change colour. Although a little more worn, comparison with photo’s from July confirm it’s the same individual. The lake tends not to retain them beyond autumn so maybe this one will stick around.
Yellow legged Gull at Princes Park.