Thursday, 19 April 2018

19th April, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny and hot, but murky out to sea. SE 1

Another hot and sunny day although murky out to sea. We met up with KG, AR, and RE and were also joined by RKH, RES and KH and we sea-watched from 06.05-10.35. Another very busy watch with Terns and Little Gulls moving in good numbers, although unfortunately most were a longish way out, but thanks to the sharp eyes of KG who picked up the majority of the terns and gulls.
RE decided to cover the area and visited Birling lane, Birling loop, Cornish Farm track, Belle Tout wood and Shooters Bottom but with the very clear weather very few migrants could be found.
Once again many thanks to Doreen for keeping the log book running.

Red-throated Diver 13 (12 E, and 1 on the sea)
Great-crested Grebe 1
Gannet 42 E
Brent Goose 4 E
Shelduck  25 (23 E and 2 W)
Gadwall 2 E
Shoveler 2 E
Common Scoter 401 E
Dunlin 4 E
Whimbrel 6 E
Arctic Skua 22 E
Bonxie 5 E
Mediterranean Gull 12 E
Little Gull Exactly 100 E
Black-headed Gull 20 E
Sandwich Tern 362 E
Commic Tern 1,025 E
Little Tern 9 E 
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 1
Alba Wagtail 1 overhead
Wheatear 1
Song Thrush 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 2

Brimstone 1 Birling
Harbour Porpoise 2 off Birling

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

18th April, 2018 Sunny and warm S-SE 1-2

A beautiful sunny morning. We met up with KG and sea-watched from 06.00-10.00 and RKH, RES, and KH joined us. Much less moving this morning although Mediterranean Gulls were again moving towards the end of the sea-watch and the highlight were 7 Manx Shearwaters. We then covered Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, the Old Trapping Area, Icky Ridge and the Cliff Path. LP also covered a number of sites on the Headland. Again disappointing number of night migrants seen.

Red-throated Diver 14 E
Manx Shearwater 7 E
Gannet 30 E
Little Egret 1 W
Brent Goose 17 E
Shelduck 9 E
Common Scoter 298 E
Peregrine 1
Whimbrel 11 E
Arctic Skua 13 E
Bonxie 3 E
Mediterranean Gull 73 E
Black-headed Gull 12 E
Sandwich Tern 62 E
Commic Tern 19 E
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 1
Common Whitethroat 1 (our first this year)
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 7
Willow Warbler 3
Linnet 25 in off the sea
Lesser Redpoll 1 in the Old Trapping Area

Small Tortoiseshell 1
Brimstone 1 Cliff Path
Harbour Porpoise 4 off Birling

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17th April, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny periods but cold SW 5-6 to 4

We joined RAB and KG and sea-watched from 05.55-10.25 when my eyes just about gave up after several hectic days sea-watching, luckily both Kris and Richard virtually did all the picking out. Another good day with Skuas also Mediterranean Gulls.
LP had yesterday's female Pied Flycatcher at Belle Tout wood.
Many thanks to Doreen for collating the sea-watch records again.

Red-throated Diver 32 E
Black-throated Diver 1 E
Great-crested Grebe 2 on the sea
Manx Shearwater 2 E
Gannet 95 E
Canada Geese 3 E
Brent Geese 33 E
Gadwall 1 E
Teal 3 E
Eider 9 E
Common Scoter 315 E
Velvet Scoter 3 E
Red-legged Partridge 2
Bar-tailed Godwit 4 E
Whimbrel 43 E
Arctic Skua 24 E
Bonxie 25 E
Mediterranean Gull 120 E
Black-headed Gull 17 E
Kittiwake c130 E
Sandwich Tern 130 E
Commic Tern 63 E
Auk Sp. 4 E
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 5 in off the sea
Wheatear 1
Pied Flycatcher 1 female B/T wood

Mediterranean Gulls moving in good numbers.

Still a few Brent Geese moving

Monday, 16 April 2018

16th April, 2018 Beachy Head Overcast with sunny periods, cool. SW 4

Met up with KG and we sea-watched from 06.15-09.30, RKH, RES and KH also joined us for part of the time. We then covered Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, the Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and the Cliff Path. RE covered Whitbread Hollow, Francis Bottom and Cow Gap.
Another interesting sea-watch with 20 Bonxies being seen, and a small fall of night migrants which included 4 Ring Ouzels and a female Pied Flycatcher.

Red-throated Diver 25 E
Great-crested Grebe 1 W
Manx Shearwater 15 E
Gannet 221 E
Shag 1 E (per KG)
Brent Goose 73 E
Eider 6 E (5 drakes)
Common Scoter 243 E
Red-breasted merganser 2 E
Whimbrel 4 E
Arctic Skua 5 E
Bonxie 20 E
Mediterranean Gull 72 E
Little Gull 3 E
Black-headed Gull 10 E
Common Gull c120 E (many immatures)
Kittiwake c120 E
Sandwich Tern 102 E
Commic Tern 158 E
Auk Sp. 87 E
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 1
Black Redstart 1 Whitbread Hollow
Ring Ouzel 4 Francis Bottom (per RE)
Lesser Whitethroat 1 Shooters Bottom (our first this year)
Blackcap 13
Chiffchaff 12
Pied Flycatcher 1 female Belle Tout
Raven 1

Peacock Butterfly 1
Fox 2

Late news for yesterday, Roger and Liz recorded 6 Red Kites going E during the morning.

Looking back westwards along the Cliff Path.

Looking over towards the Rides, another under-watched area.

A pleasant surprise this female Pied Flycatcher
by the side of Belle Tout wood.

Chiffchaff along the Cliff Path

A sleepy Fox near the Hotel Garden.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15th April, 2018 Beachy Head and Arlington Reservoir Overcast with sea-mist cool, SE-SW 1-2

Another morning with sea-mist but fortunately sea-watching was still possible even thou visibility was much reduced. We met up with KG and sea-watched from 06.15-10.15 and a large movement of Common Scoter with at one time over 800 were sat on the sea before moving off, also good numbers of Little Gulls and Skuas, with 6 s/p Black-necked Grebes were on the sea. A Red Kite drifted W along the cliffs.
RE covered Birling lane, and Birling loop to Belle Tout wood, Cornish Farm track and Shooters Bottom. Once again the area was extremely quiet for migrants.
Many thanks to Doreen for collating all the sea-watch totals and to Kris for picking out all the Little Gulls etc.

Red-throated Diver 75 E
Great-crested Grebe 3 E
Black-necked Grebe Party of 6 in s/p on the sea.
Gannet 150 E
Mute Swan 1 W
Brent Goose 658 E
Shelduck 3 E
Mallard 1 E
Shoveler 2 E
Common Scoter 3,017 E. (At dawn, over 800 appeared to be roosting on the sea, before they departed).
Red-breasted Merganser 13 E
Red Kite 1 over the cliffs W @ 10.00. (Must have put up 500 Herring Gulls as it went along).
Peregrine 3 dog-fighting out to sea off Birling.
Red-legged Partridge 3
Arctic Skua 39 E
Bonxie 6 E
Mediterranean Gull 13 E
Little Gull 131 E
Kittiwake c50 E
Sandwich Tern 76 E
Comic Tern 185 E
Auk Sp. 31 E
Guillemot 2 on the sea
Razorbill 4 on the sea
Green Woodpecker 1
Rock Pipit 1 displaying
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 4
Willow Warbler 1

With news of another Black-necked Grebe in s/p on Arlington Reservoir (thanks Jake for the news), we called in on our way home. It was still present although now in the middle of the reservoir and therefore just poor record shots were obtained.

Over 600 Brent Geese past Birling this morning

Black-necked Grebe showing distantly on Arlington Reservoir.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

14th April, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny and warm with sea-fog. SW-SE 1

Arrived to a foggy morning which lasted until 10.00 am and longer out to sea. We covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, the Old Trapping area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. With the sea-fog now improving and the wind veering around to the SE we sea-watched from 10.30-11.30. and met up with Chris and Sharon Ball and a surprise visit from Patrick, Hannah and Reg. Lanaway.
Very few migrants present in the area and just a few birds seen on the sea-watch.

Brent Goose 55 E
Shoveler 1 drake E
Common Scoter 55 E
Sandwich Tern 3 E
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 3
Song Thrush 2
Blackcap 1 male
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 1

Red Admiral 1
Small White 1

Foggy scene looking from Birling towards Seaford.

Fog now cleared looking towards the old Belle Tout lighthouse.

Chiffchaff in Shooters Bottom
Doreen resting at Shooters Bottom.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

11th April, 2018. Beachy Head Early sea-fog becoming fine and Sunny E 2-4

At long last a fine and sunny morning after early sea-fog. Just a very brief sea-watch from 07.35-07.50 and then we covered Shooters Bottom, the Old Trapping Area. Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge area, Belle Tout wood and Cornish Farm. RE also covered Cornish Farm track, Birling lane, Shooters
Bottom and Belle Tout wood. Just small numbers of migrants recorded.

Great-crested Grebe 1 on the sea
Gannet 6 E
Common Scoter 4 W
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 2-3
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Red-legged Partridge 3
Green Woodpecker 1
Swallow 5
Black Redstart 1 Shooters Bottom
Wheatear 1
Backcap 4
Chiffchaff 9
Willow Warbler 2
Goldfinch 12
Linnet 20
Corn Bunting 12

Fox 1

Late news for the 10th April: Small fall of 22 Chiffchaffs after the fog had lifted with 4 Willow Warblers.

Two Willow Warblers in Shooters Bottom

Female type Black Redstart in Shooters Bottom.