Saturday, 25 March 2017

25th March, 2017 Beachy Head Sunny ENE 5

Richard Butler visited the Headland this morning and sea-watched from 06.20-07.00 and then covered  Belle Tout Wood, Cornish Farm Track, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area and Hotel garden. Highlights were a Firecrest in Belle Tout wood and a Red Kite which spent around an hour over the headland before departing N.

Gannet 16 E
Common Scoter 4 E
Red Kite 1 Spent about an hour on the Headland before going N
Common Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Stonechat 5
Song Thrush 1
Firecrest 1 B/T wood
Raven 1
Yellowhammer 1 Cornish Farm track
Corn Bunting 5

Friday, 24 March 2017

24th March, 2017 Beachy Head Cold overcast with sea-mist. ENE 5-6

Just a brief sea-watch from 06.20-06.50 in cold misty conditions and not surprising no movement recorded. We met up with RE and RKH and covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood, Cornish Farm track, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. LP covered Shooters Bottom and RB paid a visit this afternoon and covered some of the Headland sites.

Kestrel 1
Peregrine 4 (2 pairs)
Red-legged Partridge 3
Meadow Pipit 6
Alba Wagtail 2 flew over
Wheatear 1
Firecrest 2 in B/T wood at 14.00 hrs (per RB)
Raven 1
Linnet 30
Yellowhammer 2 Cornish Farm
Corn Bunting 15+

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22nd March, 2017 Beachy Head Overcast and good visibility cold heavy rain from 09.00 hrs. SE 6

With heavy rain forecast from around 9.00 am and SE winds we made a concerted effort for an early morning sea-watch from 06.00-08.30 with excellent visibility. We were joined for some of the time by RE. Small numbers were moving which included our first Sandwich Terns for the year but the highlight was a super summer plumage Black-throated Diver at close range with a Red-throated Diver.
We then had time to quickly check the Birling end of the newly ploughed field before the heavy rain commenced.

Red-throated Diver 3 E (2 in full s/p)
Black-throated Diver 1 E in full s/p @ 07.35 (It was close in with  s/p Red-throated)
Great-crested Grebe 3 (2 E and 1 on the sea)
Gannet 9 E
Brent Goose 119 E
Shoveler 5 E
Common Scoter 106 E
Red-legged Partridge 2 in newly ploughed field
Mediterranean Gull 3 ad s/p E
Kittiwake 65 E
Sandwich Tern 9 E
White Wagtail 1 Birling end of newly ploughed field
Wheatear 2

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

21st March, 2017. Beachy Head Part cloudy cold clear W 5-6

A cold windy day and just s brief sea-watch from 06.25-07.00 but as expected nothing appeared to be moving. Met up with RE and LP and we covered Birling lane, Belle Tout wood and the Cornish Farm Track.

Wheatear 5
White Wagtail 1 departed N
Meadow Pipit 8
Chiffchaff 3
Linnet 80
Corn Bunting c15 many singing

Friday, 17 March 2017

17th March, 2017 Beachy Head Hazy sunshine, clear NW-W 2 increasing to 4

We sea-watched from 07.10-07.40 but as expected virtually no movement recorded. We then covered Birling Lane, Birling loop, Belle Tout wood, Cornish Farm track, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. Small arrival of night migrants which included 5 Wheatears and 2 fine White Wagtails feeding with 8 Pied Wagtails.

Brent Goose 6 E
Peregrine 2
Greater Black Backed Gull 150 W over the cliffs
Green Woodpecker 2
Meadow Pipit 15
Pied Wagtail 8
White Wagtail 2
Robin 20
Stonechat 8
Wheatear 5 (4 males and 1 female)
Redwing 2
Chiffchaff 20
Goldfinch 25
Linnet 25
Corn Bunting c20 many singing

Late news for yesterday: Richard Butler birded several sites on the Headland and recorded 11 Chiffchaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 45 Brent Geese E, 1 Redwing and 1 Yellowhammer.

Male Wheatear-4 males and 1 female seen today.

 Two of the twenty Chiffchaffs seen today.
Pied Wagtail

The first White Wagtail showing some head moult

 The second White Wagtail

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15th March, 2017 Beachy Head Misty out to sea otherwise sunny warm and calm

What a beautiful morning, we sea-watched from 07.30-08.45 but unfortunately virtually no movement seen, with the highlight being 2 Harbour Porpoises showing well for 20 minutes.
Met up with RE who was covering the usual Birling and Belle Tout areas and he also walked the Cornish Farm track. We covered Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. Other than 5 Chiffchaffs no other summer migrants could be found.

Red throated Diver 3 (2 E and 1 on the sea)
Great crested Grebe 2 on sea
Gannet 1 E
Grey Heron 1
Common Scoter 2 E
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Red-legged Partridge 1
Mediterranean Gull 2 E
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 on beach
Green Woodpecker 1
Meadow Pipit 15
Rock Pipit 2
Stonechat 8
Song Thrush 3 singing
Chiffchaff 5
Raven 1
Linnet 70
Corn Bunting 9

Small Tortoiseshell 1

Harbour Porpoise 2

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

14th March, 2017 Beachy Head Periods of sea-fog otherwise overcast cool W 3-4

Poor visibility out to sea with periods of thick sea-fog rolling in. Attempted two sea-watches between foggy periods, 06.20-06.50, and 08.00-09.10, and Richard Butler joined us. We then covered Birling lane, Birling loop, Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area. Met up with RB who was also covering the Headland and RE was birding in a very foggy Whitbread Hollow.
Combined records as follows:

Great-crested Grebe 4 W
Gannet 4 E
Grey Heron 1
Brent Goose 122 E
Eider 10 E (7 drakes, 2 sub-adult drakes and 1 female)
Common Scoter 3 E
Red Kite 1 NE over Headland @ 11.15 (per R.Butler)
Peregrine 1
Curlew 7 E
Black-headed Gull 100
Alba Wagtail 4 in off the sea
Stonechat 11
Redwing 4
Song Thrush 5
Raven 2

Harbour Porpoise 1 close in off Birling