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5th April 2016 – Redstart & Ring Ouzel

  A clear night, turning murky with the wind switching from east to west by dawn. This change in the weather dropped a few migrants on to the headland. A duo of spring firsts came in the shape of a smart … Continue reading

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“Continental” Stonechat

This striking male Stonechat is on territory in Shooters Bottom. I’m not sure if they include mimicry in their song but I swear I can hear Woodlark and Swallow alarm calls in this birds repertoire. I know this variant occurs along the … Continue reading

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3rd April 2016 Springing slowly

Another fine day with a light east wind. Willow Warbler. A few new spring birds for me today. A Single Willow Warbler in Shooter’s Bottom and a Wheatear on the cleared area between Birling and Belle Tout. The latter being over due … Continue reading

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27th March 2016 – Easter Migrants

Firecrest. At least 4/5 Firecrest could be found feeding low amongst the ivy in Belle Tout wood this morning, along with a single Chiffchaff. Having been away in Majorca, cycling for the last 7 days, these are the first migrants … Continue reading

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11th March 2016 – White Wagtail

A spring like day with a chill in the light easterly breeze. Hopes of a Wheatear didn’t materialise but there were some signs of early spring migration. A detectable (only just!) over head movement of Meadow Pipit & Alba Wagtails, with … Continue reading

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Northern Long-tailed Tit at Birling

At about 5pm Jamie Partridge and I discovered this delightful, Northern Long-tailed Tit at Beachy Head. Whatever the semantics are in terms of it’s genetic provenance, it seems rude to detract from it’s beauty to debate it too much! The bird was … Continue reading

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Transatlantic deliveries

With birding on Beachy Head being slow, I’ve been turning my attention to beachcombing! Something I’ve been mostly oblivious to until now. This has been fuelled by a recent purchase, The Essential Guide to Beachcombing, from which I quote heavily from below. … Continue reading

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A note from January

Stonechat. January is a slow month on Beachy Head, at least it has been for me. Bird activity amongst the bushes and gorse consists mainly of Stonechat (only one pair encountered in-between Belle Tout and Birling on 28th, much reduced in number than … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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8th Nov 2015 – Late Wheatear & Woodpigeons

A very mild day, strong SW wind. Some of the Woodpigeon on the move. As November progresses Beachy Head is beginning to feel increasingly birdless. This mornings main avian notables were a late Wheatear on the road near Shooters and … Continue reading

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