Friday, 18 January 2019

18th January, 2019 Beachy Head Early frost, sunny periods cold. S1 to SE 3-4

We sea-watched from 08.00-09.30 but generally quiet with small numbers of Auks and Red-throated Divers. I then walked the set-aside field but only saw Skylarks and odd Meadow Pipits, but no Corn Buntings were seen.

Red-throated Diver  16 (12 E and 4 W)
Fulmar 9
Gannet 10 E
Teal 2 E
Common Gull 9 Birling
Auk Sp. 87 (33 E and 54 W) (Both Guillemot and Razorbills were present)
Skylark 100 set-aside field
Meadow Pipit 4 set-aside field

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

15th January, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast, clear W 4

We sea-watched from 07.55-09.30 and RAB joined us. Small numbers of Divers and Auks were seen with good numbers of large gulls moving W along the cliffs.

Red-throated Diver  15 (7W 4E and 4 on sea)
Great-crested Grebe 2 on sea
Fulmar 7 (5 W)
Gannet c40
Little Egret 1 Birling beach
Curlew 6 E
Herring Gull c400 W along cliffs
Greater Black Backed Gull c300 W along cliffs
Kittiwake 10
Auk Sp. 79 (27 E and 52 W)
Stonechat 1
Raven 2

Saturday, 12 January 2019

12th January, 2019 Beachy Head and Newhaven

We sea-watched from 07.50-08.50 but far fewer birds moving this morning.

Red-throated Diver 12 (6 E and 6 W)
Fulmar 4
Gannet 40 E
Auk Sp. 25 E
Stonechat 1
Raven 2

Grey Seal 1

Driving through Newhaven, and LP came on the phone with the news of a juvenile Glaucous Gull found by JP and himself,  on the beach at Newhaven Harbour and a quick de-tour and within a couple of minutes we soon connected with this.

News of a Hume's Leaf Warbler which has been present since late December in a nearby park  opposite the waste incinerator on the opposite side of the river has now been made public. We spent around 2 hours looking, and saw the Hume's on about six occasions and it was occasionally calling, but very active giving fairly brief views.



Juvenile Glaucous Gull on the beach at Newhaven Harbour.

Monday, 7 January 2019

7th January, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast, cool and clear W 2 increasing to 4.

We sea-watched from 08.00-0935 and RAB joined us and he did an additional sea-watch from 10.45-11.15. We also walked the Birling loop but by this time the wind had increased and we saw very little. Another decent passage of Auks with better numbers of Divers which included 2 more Black-throated Divers.
Combined totals of the two sea-watches

Red-throated Diver 41 (36 W, 1 E and 4 on the sea)
Black-throated Diver 2 (1 E and 1 W)
Fulmar 4
Gannet c70 chiefly W
Brent Goose 1 flew in off the sea
Common Buzzard 1
Curlew 9 W
Kittiwake 4
Auk Sp. 970 (740 E, 230W)
Guillemot 25 on the sea
Razorbill 10 on the sea
Stonechat 2
Song Thrush 1

Saturday, 5 January 2019

5th January, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast, cold murky at sea. N 1

Our first visit to Beachy for nearly 2 months, We sea-watched from 08.00-09.00 and surprisingly a reasonable movement of Auks and the highlight was 2 w/p Black-throated Divers about 300 metres out on the sea. Present the whole hour before they drifted off along the Seven Sisters. Even allowed me time to check out i/d for Pacific Diver. Excellent start to the new year.
We then covered Birling loop, Belle Tout wood and then walked the set-aside field back to Birling.

Black-throated Diver 2 w/p on the sea
Red-throated Diver 4 (1 E, 2 W and 1 on the sea)
Great crested Grebe 3
Gannet c50
Fulmar 8 all W
Common Scoter 8 E
Kestrel 1 male
Auk Sp. 709 (584 W and 125 E)
Guillemot 50 on the sea
Razorbill 40 on the sea
Skylark 100+ set-aside field
Grey Wagtail 1 on the road near Birling manor
Stonechat 2
Song Thrush 2 Birling loop
Jackdaw 300 in set-aside field
Rook 200 in set-aside field
Linnet 20 in set-aside field
Corn Bunting 5 set-aside field

Friday, 9 November 2018

8th and 9th November, 2018 Beachy Head

8th November, 2018.

SL and JG covered Birling lane, Went Hill, onto Belle Tout area and wood, and the Old Trapping Area. Generally very quiet with the following recorded. RE also visited Belle Tout wood.

Peregrine 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 4
Goldcrest 16 (15 in Belle Tout wood)
Corn Bunting 25.

9th November, 2018.

RE covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom and Belle Tout wood. Both Frank Lambert and Colin Winyard were also both birding on the Headland. A good overnight arrival of Goldcrests and also our first Coal Tit for the year.

Sparrowhawk 1
Tree Creeper 1 in Belle Tout Wood (per FL)
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 155 on the Headland including c75 in Belle Tout wood, and 60 Hodcombe.
Firecrest 1
Coal Tit 1 in Belle Tout wood (per CW)
Brambling 1



Monday, 5 November 2018

5th November, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny periods with cloud in the afternoon. SE 2

RE was ringing in Whitbread Hollow and had an arrival of Goldcrests. Also a number of crests were present on the Headland. LP found a Pallas's Leaf Warbler in the Old Trapping Area which was joined briefly by a Yellow-browed Warbler. A number of other birders were also present.

Common Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Tawny Owl 1
Wood Pigeon 100
Green Woodpecker 1
Song Thrush 2 continentals ringed in the Hollow.
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 2 (including a re-trap from 19 days ago)
Pallas's Leaf Warbler 1 Old Trapping Area (LP et al)
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 briefly in the Old Trapping Area (LP et al)
Goldcrest 55 (45 Hollow and 10 Headland)
Firecrest 2 (1 Hollow and 1 Headland)
Jay 2
Raven 1