The stop press note last month about the re-appearance of Wheatears seems to have been a one off - or even a case of mistaken identity on my part. What's more, the reported departure of the Rock Pipits proved equally premature -they re-appeared briefly at the beginning of the month.

Stonechats have been posing attractively as always and the Linnets seem to be particularly active at the moment. Herring Gull numbers seem to be slightly up, with a number of immature birds around. Black headed gulls continue to dominate, with the occasional Lesser Black-backed and Common gulls.

No sightings of the Oystercatchers this month but, other than that, things seem to be pretty stable, both in terms of bird population and cliff movement, so we are once again permitted to walk along the whole length of the undercliff.

June 2003