Friday, 14 February 2020

14th February, 2020 Beachy Head Sunny, calm and clear SW 1-2

A fine calm morning and we sea-watched from 07.30 to 08.45.  Very little on the move, although at 08.10, Doreen picked out a large diver around 100 metres in the sky heading directly over us. We were quickly able to i/d it as a winter plumage Great-Northern as it flew over our heads (pity I had left my camera in the car) it then continued moving E and appeared to be heading over the cliffs,  cutting off the Beachy Headland.
Great Northern's are some-what scarce at Beachy with the last one being recorded on the 10.4. 2014.
The only other birds seen this morning were 2 Gannets E and 7 Black-headed Gulls E.


Saturday, 8 February 2020

8th February, 2020 Beachy Head Early morning rain, Overcast SW 4-5

Decided to try another sea-watch, but with the wind now back in the SW, very little moving. We sea-watched from 07.20-08.50.

Red-throated Diver 8 E
Great-crested Grebe 1 on the sea
Fulmar 3
Gannet 3 W
Cormorant 6
Brent Goose 9 E
Common Scoter 3 E
Mediterranean Gull 1 ad E
Auk Sp. 3 E

Friday, 7 February 2020

7th February, 2020 Beachy Head Early frost, Sunny and clear cold. SE 2-3

At long last a SE wind and at long last a reasonable sea-watch. We sea-watched from 07.15 (dawn) to 09.45 (when the passage appeared to have finished). Good numbers of Auks were moving but most were to far out for identification, a very close Black-throated Diver but the highlight was a Woodlark which came in off the sea @ 09.20 and then flew around for several minutes before heading inland over the cliffs.

Red-throated Diver 7 (4 E, 1 W 2 on the sea)
Black-throated Diver 1 in w/p E close to the shore. (DRC, JFC)
Great-crested Grebe 6 (2 E and 4 on the sea)
Fulmar 24 E
Gannet 4 E
Brent Goose 175 E
Shelduck 2 E
Wigeon Flock of 55 E
Common Scoter 7 E
Black-headed Gull 30 E
Common Gull 140 E
Kittiwake 122 E
Auk Sp. 907 E
Guillemot 2 w/p on the sea
Razorbill 28 close in E (a number now in s/p)
Woodlark 1 in off the sea at 09.20 (JFC)
Pied Wagtail 1 Birling
Stonechat 1 near Birling S.F.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

6th February, 2020 Beachy Head Early frost, Sunny and clear wind light and clear.

A beautiful calm and sunny morning. We sea-watched from 07.20 to 09.10, but again a disappointing sea-watch. We then covered Belle Tout wood where we met up with RB, and Shooters Bottom.

Red-throated Diver 4 (3 E and 1 W)
Great-crested Grebe party of 22 on the sea
Fulmar 4
Gannet 3 E
Cormorant 8 chiefly W
Brent Goose 4 E
Oystercatcher 12
Black-headed Gull 92 W
Common Gull c220 chiefly E
Kittiwake 4 E
Auk Sp. 24 on the sea
Stonechat 1 male near Birling S.F.
Long-tailed Tit 6 B/T wood
Blue Tit 10 B/T wood
Raven 1 over Shooters Bottom
Corn Bunting 8 set-aside field

Part of the flock of 22 Great-crested Grebes off Birling.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

26th January, 2020 Beachy Head Overcast, murky out to sea, SW 3 to 4

We sea-watched from 07.40-09.00 but again very quiet.

Fulmar 8 E
Gannet 18 E
Cormorant 5 E
Shag 1 ad W close in.
Shelduck 1 E
Black-headed Gull 2 E
Common Gull 90 on Birling beach chiefly adults
Auk Sp. Flock of 40 E
Rock Pipit 1 Birling

Field Mouse 1 Birling

Saturday, 25 January 2020

25th January, 2020 Beachy Head Overcast with mist. S-SE 1-2

On the drive over to Beachy and just past the Beddingham roundabout on the A26 a Barn Owl flew close to the road.

We sea-watched from 07.40-09.10 and then walked the set-aside field and covered Belle Tout wood.

Red-throated Diver 9E
Fulmar 29 E majority were high in the sky with only 1 seen going W.
Gannet 8 E
Kestrel 1
Curlew 1
Black-headed Gull 9 E
Common Gull 50 chiefly E
Green Woodpecker 1
Skylark 35 set-aside field
Linnet 12 set-aside field
Corn Bunting 40 set-aside field

A touch of Spring in Belle Tout wood.


Friday, 24 January 2020

24th January, 2020 Beachy Head Dull, overcast, mild, E 1

Another very dull day but with the wind more in the east, we decided to sea-watch from 07.50-09.10. Still very quiet generally. We then walked the Birling loop and located a single Dartford Warbler but otherwise just a few Robins seen

Red-throated Diver 13 (10 E, 2 W and 1 on the sea).
Gannet 2 E
Fulmar 6
Kestrel 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Dartford Warbler 1
Raven Party of 6 E over Birling

Good high tide at Birling this morning


Dartford Warbler, just one seen today.