Trip reports

Beachy Head, East Sussex on Saturday, 23rd September, 2017

Beachy Head, East Sussex on Saturday, 23rd September, 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The following species were recorded during the day: gannet, cormorant, grey heron, sparrowhawk (two at Whitbread Hollow), common buzzard, kestrel, peregrine (near Whitbread Hollow), pheasant, oystercatcher, black-headed gull, herring gull, great black-back gull, woodpigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker, swallow, house martin, meadow pipit, rock pipit, wren, dunnock, robin, stonechat, wheatear, blackbird, common whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff, goldcrest, long-tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, jay, magpie, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, raven (one cronking over Whitbread Hollow and at least one other seen at Shooters Bottom), starling, chaffinch and linnet. The species of the day was yellow-browed warbler, which was seen (and most emphatically heard too - its calls were both louder and more frequent than anticipated) in Horseshoe Plantation. The bird was seen solely in the tree tops where it mainly kept continuously on the move, though it did pause once or twice while feeding at bunches of ash seeds for just about long enough to allow us to focus optics. Those of our party with 'better ears' thought from the scatter of calls that there were actually at least three birds present in the wood! 42 bird species were recorded during the day and the species total for the Group's twenty trips of 2017 so far now stands at 178.
Non-avian species of interest during the day included rabbit, stoat (seen by just one of the Group near Whitbread Hollow, southern hawker and the following butterflies: large white, small white, green-veined white, clouded yellow (at Whitbread Hollow), common blue, red admiral, comma, small heath, speckled wood.
Based on a report prepared by John Parish