Saturday 13 April 2024

13th April 2024

Fewer birds today with very little overhead movement of 7 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 4 Red kites.

                                                          Simon Warry :- Red Kites 

Grounded migrants included a White Wagtail, 4 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 13 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 17 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers.

Richard, Simon, Jack. 

12th April 2024

 Today in a light SW breeze there was some overhead movement of 50 Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Siskins, 250 Linnets, 30 Chaffinches, 60 Goldfinches, a Redpoll, 2 Crossbills and the star of the day, a Serin S along the clifftop at 10:02.

Other notables around the area were a Redstart, a Black Redstart, a Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 15 Chiffchaffs and 19 Willow Warblers.

Brendan, Gerald, Phil, Richard, Jack.   

Thursday 11 April 2024

11th April 2024

Phil walked the area from 07:00 until 15:30 and had a count of 78 warblers, these were 11 Blackcaps, 9 Common Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 39 Chiffchaffs and 16 Willow Warblers. Other notable birds were 2 Grey Partridges, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Alba Wagtails, 6 Rock Pipits, 2 Stonechats, 2 Firecrests and our first for the spring, 2 Redstarts. Also flying W were 16 Siskins, 19 Swallows and a Marsh Harrier. 


Wednesday 10 April 2024

10th April 2024

Overhead there were 6 Swallows, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Pied Wagtail and 6 Siskins. Around the area were 2 Stonechats, 8 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 26 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. There was also a Nightingale which is a very rare bird for us especially in the spring. 


Monday 8 April 2024

8th April 2024

There was nothing moving overhead today so we walked the entire area looking for grounded migrants. We had 3 Swallows, a Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 19 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

As it was very warm we expected to have some butterflies but unfortunately we only saw a Peacock and 2 Brimstones.

Phil, Jack.


Sunday 7 April 2024

7th April 2024

 Another pleasant but windy day with some overhead movement of 35 Siskins, 2 Yellow Wagtails [one a Blue-headed], 20 Swallows and 2 House Martins. Grounded migrants included 4 Wheatears, 13 Blackcaps, 21 Chiffchaffs and our first for the spring, 2 Whitethroats and 2 Willow Warblers.

Richard, Paul Holt. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

6th April 2024

 On a very warm and windy day there was a small overhead movement of 103 Chaffinches and 85 Siskins. Elsewhere in the area we had 3 Swallows, a Stonechat, 3 Wheatears, 5 Blackcaps, 17 Chiffchaffs and a male Firecrest.

Phil, Richard, Jack.

Monday 1 April 2024

1st April 2024

 Birds were moving SW this morning and we had 12 Siskins, 107 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling and a Crossbill. Around the area were  3 Stonechats, 5 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 5 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and, star bird of the day, a nice male Ring Ouzel in the Freedown. 

On the White Dead Nettles by the Freedown we also found many Pied Shield Bugs and Hairy Footed Flower Bees.

Nigel, Richard, Jack.

31st March 2024

On another cold day with a NE wind we had 210 Siskins moving SW and in the area 2 Stonechats, 2 Fieldfares, a White Wagtail, 5 Brambling, a Blackcap and 16 Chiffchaffs.

Phil, Richard, Jack.   

30th March 2024

 On a chilly day with a NE wind we had 22 Siskins and a Grey Wagtail moving SW. In the area were at least 12 Common Buzzards, 3 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest.

As we were about to leave our first Swallow came in off the sea.

Brendan,Phil, Nigel, Richard, Simon, Jack.


Saturday 16 March 2024

16th March 2024

 The morning started very quietly with a small movement north of Redwings, Chaffinches, Siskin and a couple of Bullfinches. Other than these were 11 Stock Doves, 2 White Wagtails, 4 Stonechats, a Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Firecrests  and a Woodcock around the area. It was not until approx 09:30 that things changed with a Short-Eared Owl at Kingsdown Lees and Buzzards began to move. By about 11:00 we had at least 40-50 Common Buzzards, 5 Red Kites and a Marsh Harrier flying north as were 500 Starlings.

Also had a male Brimstone butterfly and, at sea, a Harbour Porpoise 

Gerald, Nigel, Phil, Richard, Jack.

Red Kites, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove - Nige Jarman


Wednesday 14 February 2024

13th February 2024

Phil walked along the base of the cliffs from Kingsdown to St Margaret's Bay and had 33 Rock Pipits. Other than that there were only 7 Curlew and an Oystercatcher.    

12th February 2024

Very few birds today apart from the resident pair of Ravens and the wintering pair of Stonechats. As we left we stopped at the fields inland of Bockhill and had 21 Buzzards in the air,

Phil, Jack.