Wednesday, 15 November 2017

15th November 2016

A walk around the area produced nothing, the only notable record today was early this morning when Richard had 3 Hawfinches fly over his garden at Kingsdown.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

12th November 2017

Very little apart from 7 Grey Partridges, 2 Snow Buntings and 70 Yellowhammers. (Phil,Jack)

11th November 2017

Phil walked the area this morning and had our first autumn Woodcock, 180 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings,
3 Stonechats, 2 Snow Buntings and 124 Yellowhammers.

9th November 2017

On a cold and beautifully clear morning there was a small overhead migration of Starlings, Goldfinches, Redpolls of which at least three were Common, a single House Martin and a male Hen Harrier that came in at Hope Point and moved off W.
Elwsewhere in the area were good numbers of thrushes with 112 Blackbirds, 38 Song Thrushes, 4 Redwings and 4 Mistle Thrushes. Other notable birds were 150 Skylarks, 2 Stonechats, 7 Bullfinches and a Snow Bunting.
On the sea in the Bay were 70 Mediterranean Gulls.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

5th November 23017

Very little today, the only notable birds being two Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards and singles of Woodlark, Stonechat, Chiffchaff and Firecrest. (Phil, Richard, Jack)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

4th November 2017

A walk in the gloom and showers was brightened up with the discovery of a Pallas's Warbler in the bushes near the toilet block at Kingsdown at 7.30. It was with 12 Long-tailed Tits and 2 Goldcrests, but unfortunately could not be relocated. Also in the area were 2 Firecrests, 2 Ravens and a flock of 350 Starlings in off. (Nigel)
Phil walked the area at Bockhill and had 140 Skylarks, 70 Yellowhammers, 11 Grey and two Red-Legged Partridges in the big field, 40 Redwings, five Fieldfares and 60 Blackbirds in the Freedown, and 20 Goldcrests around the Farm.
There were also 540 Starlings in off the sea. (Phil)  

Friday, 3 November 2017

3rd November 2017

On a very pleasant afternoon Phil and I walked around the area, on the cliff-top we had two Stonechats and  flyovers of Raven and Brambling. In the stubble field were 120 Skylarks and a male Snow Bunting, in the Free Down was a Little Owl and a Long-Eared Owl, and around the Farm a Chiffchaff and a Firecrest.
Richard had a Ring Ouzel at Kingsdown.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

31st October 2017

A sea watch from 09:30-11:00 produced 450 Gannets feeding off shore, 187 Mediterranean Gulls sitting on the sea in the Bay and 384 Auks moving up channel. Other than that one Red-throated Diver and two Shelducks flew NE and 11 Brent Geese, 17 Common Scoters and nine Wigeon flew SW. (Richard, Jack)

Saturday, 28 October 2017

28th October 2017

With a stiff W wind forecast, the clifftop seemed a good bet and so I spent 4 hours with Gary Howard vis-migging with the following results: 272 Redwings, 30 Blackbirds, 21 Song Thrushes, 3 Redpoll, 4 Brambling, 1255 Chaffinches, 15 Siskins, 52 Goldfinches and 1 Woodlark, all coming in.
A wander round the area yielded few grounded birds - 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stonechats, 3 Blackcaps and 1 Firecrest. As we arrived back at the Monument 3 Great White Egrets flew NE towards Hope Point. (Nigel, Gary Howard).

Firecrest (Nigel Jarman)

Great White Egrets (Nigel Jarman)

This White Coral Fungus (Clavulina cristata) was found in the Freedown.



Friday, 27 October 2017

27th October 2017

Less visible migration today with only 1276 Starlings, 87 Goldfinches, 26 Redpoll, 340 Wood Pigeons, 15 Alba Wagtails and 11 Rock Pipits. Around the area were far fewer thrushes only four Ring Ouzels, two Mistle Thrushes and two Fieldfares, our first for the autumn. Other  birds included seven Buzzards moving W, one Wheatear, five Stonechats, 23 Chiffchaffs, 33 Goldcrests and five Bullfinches. (Brendan, Nigel, Phil, Jack)

26th October 2017

Visible migration continued today with 5872 Starlings, 1036 Chaffinches, four Brambling and 34 Stock Doves flying mainly in a northerly direction. In the area were good numbers of thrushes with 18 Ring Ouzels, 53 Blackbirds, 77 Song Thrushes and three Mistle Thrushes. Other notable birds included one Marsh Harrier, one Short-Eared Owl, nine Stonechats, two Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, 41 Goldcrests, four Firecrests, eight Jays and 41 Yellowhammers.
On the sea 110 Brent Geese moved downchannel. (Julian, Brendan, Nigel, Phil, Jack)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

25th October 2017

A good morning for visible migration with 2172 Chaffinches and 814 Starlings  coming in off the sea and flying N whilst 13 Swallows, seven House Martins, 250 Goldfinches, one Hawfinch, three Bullfinches and six Reed Buntings all moved SW. Elsewhere around the fields were 86 Skylarks, one Ring Ouzel, seven Stonechats, 76 Yellowhammers and a juvenile Dotterel, flushed from the big field, flew off SW. In the wood and hedges were a Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaffs, three Firecrests and 66 Goldcrests.
There were  many insects, butterflies included four Speckled Wood,up to 50 Red Admirals and 20 Large Whites. Also had a Hornet and many Ivy Bees. ( Phil. Jack )

Monday, 23 October 2017

23rd October 2017

With Storm Brian having safely past, it was safe to leave the shelter of Kingsdown and bird "up top" again. The lighter SW winds encouraged a significant movement of birds, mostly SW along the coast. Overhead there were 1,357 Chaffinches, 555 Goldfinches, 113 Linnets, 40 Redpolls, six Bramblings, four Bullfinches, 178 meadow Pipits, eight Rock Pipits, one Tree Pipit, 41 Alba Wagtails, 24 Swallows, two Tree Sparrows, 31 Reed Buntings, four Yellowhammers. Nine Hawfinches were seen, two singles and two groups of three and four.

On the ground there were five Ring Ouzels, 25 Song Thrushes, one Wheatear, 34 Goldcrests, 21 Chiffchaffs ( a big increase on recent days) , one Blackcap, seven Stonechats.

A single Goosander flew down channel

(Jack, Phil, Richard, Brendan & Gideon )