Well it’s been a while since I posted anything related to birding on Beachy Head. I must admit it is a time of year where I find motivation hard come by. Although the potential rarity of a find increases, the lack of migration and virtually static birding conditions make it hard to keep the daily plod going. I see my “heard only” Bee-eater at 7am on the 23rd May as the end of any real effort towards spring birding, the trip to Canada, with it’s waves of colour and numbers, made it difficult to readjust to UK birding.
A beautiful juvenile Stonechat from today.
Late June early July is second only to midwinter for lack of bird movement. Today’s visit was a pleasant midsummer stroll amongst the wild flowers and growing number of butterflies emerging on the headland. Along with family parties of Stonechat, Goldfinch, Linnet noisy groups of fledged Jackdaw were also obvious. The Common Whitethroat must be on the cusp of fledging.
My highest hopes this time of year is a departing Cuckoo or the first juvenile Yellow legged Gulls of the season. Then by mid July the initial waves of Willow Warbler begin to move through. Towards the back end of July Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warblers can be encountered, along with Nightingale which certainly leads the mind to think about autumn.
Looking west from Shooters.