26th August 2018 Turtle Dove

Today dawned warmer than yesterday with scattered cloud. A southerly wind strengthened, veering SW with heavy rain setting in by midday. We covered the area on foot from the radio mast to Birling returning once again through Bullock Down.

A much quieter day, although Common Whitethroat numbers remain high, with the highlight being a single Turtle Dove flushed from the old trapping area. The Melodious Warbler hadn’t been seen up until at least 11am.


Today’s Turtle Dove. My first in the UK this year and only the 4th I’ve seen on Beachy Head since 2014. Following the worrying national trend of becoming a very rare bird.


Other migrants included c14 Wheatear, 3 Common Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, c12 Willow Warbler, c60 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Yellow Wagtail (most over head although 6 in with cattle), 6 Sand Martin, c20 Barn Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk.


Above a Wheatear near Shooters and below 3 of a party of 10 in Bullock Down.



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