Wednesday, 12 August 2020

12th August

Another hot day with next to no overhead migration apart from singles of Curlew, Whimbrel, Tree Pipit, six Yellow Wagtails and five Crossbills. Grounded migrants were 12 Reed Warblers, six Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, two Blackcaps and four Willow Warblers. In the Freedown there were 14 Yellowhammers consisting of two separate family parties. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

11th August

Another day with a few but interesting birds. Along at Little Green was a Pied Flycatcher and at Hope Point a Spotted Flycatcher. Elsewhere were four Tree Pipits, two Whinchats and 19 Crossbills flying NE over the Paddock.

In the afternoon a Grey Plover flew over Kingsdown.


10th August

 A few more birds today with a Green Sandpiper and two Golden Plovers,  six Yellow Wagtails, singles of  Wheatear, Whinchat and Reed Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats and three Willow Warblers.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

9th August

There were four Whitethroats and yesterday's Nightingale still in the Paddock but apart from that the only thing of any note was a Buzzard and three Ravens having a squabble over the big field.

Phil, Jack.


8th August

 Very few birds today apart from  a Green Sandpiper, 100 Swifts moving SW, two Yellow Wagtails, a Reed Warbler and a showy Nightingale found in the Paddock by Gerald. There was also a Hobby at Pond Lane.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

6th August

Much calmer day with very few birds. I did the Paddock, Phil did the entire area and between us we had three Grey Partridges, two Blackcaps, four Lesser Whitethroats, 43 Whitethroats and nine Willow Warblers.
 A single Golden Plover was present at Pond Lane.
Phil, Jack. 

5th August

Very windy day with a few birds of which most notable were four Sand Martins, three Wheatears, a Reed Warbler and 29 Whitethroats.
Phil, Jack 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

4th August

With clear cloudless skies the morning didn't offer too much promise and it was fairly quiet early on. Things picked up as we walked the clifftop and flushed the first Short-eared Owl of the autumn. A Wheatear appeared on the clifftop and a Whinchat was found in the Freedown. Both these birds were seen later at the Monument. Two Grasshopper Warblers were found in the rough along the golf course. Other warblers included six Reed, 11 Willow, one Chiffchaff, four Lesser Whitethroats, five Blackcaps and 20 Whitethroats. A very early Firecrest was seen at Hope Bay Studios. It was a very tatty adult and may have been a local breeding birds. Very little noted overhead apart from a single Siskin.

(Brendan and Phil) 

3rd August

A good selection of warblers this morning with nine Reed Warblers at Hope Point being the highlight. Other warblers included seven Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers, six Blackcaps, 10 Lesser Whitethroats & 50 Whitethroats. Ricahrd had a Green Sandpiper over the Golf Course

Overhead there were 14 Yellow Wagtails and two Siskins, while six Mediterranean Gulls past offshore.
(Brendan, Gerald, Richard and Jack)

Reed Warbler- Hope Point

Reed Warbler- Hope Point

26th July

Highlights included 4 Mediterranean Gulls, a single Red Kite. 9 Willow Warblers and the resident/breeding White Wagtail on the golf course. 

Plenty of Skylarks on the clifftop.

24th July

Highlights included 2 Swifts (South), 4 Willow Warblers and 45 Whitethroats

Monday, 23 March 2020

23rd March 2020

Another bitterly cold day with a brisk ESE wind and sunny skies.

A short circuit around the Paddock, Droveway and Freedown during which time I didn't see a single other person! Sadly the birds were similarly scarce with three Firecrest (two Droveway and one in Wood) being the highlight. Siskins were again moving with one group of 11 seen and other groups heard but not seen. No Chiffchaffs were encountered

Sunday, 22 March 2020

22nd March 2020

Even colder today when Richard and I walked round the area and had 8 Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest.
Later I was joined by Phil and we stood on the Leas for about 30 minutes and had 61 Siskins flying into the NE wind.