Wednesday, 30 November 2016

30th November, 2016 Norman's Bay

On the 28th Chris Ball found a 1stW male Desert Wheatear on the beach at Cooden which promptly disappeared. We today visited Norman's Bay as the bird had been re-located here. We parked our car and hadn't gone more than 20 yards when Doreen picked it out in very strong sun-light. It showed very well often coming very close to us, it was very active not staying in one place for very long. It was almost best to stand still and let the bird come to you.








 1stW male Desert Wheatear taken in very strong sun-light at Normans Bay

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

29th November, 2016 Beachy Head and West Rise Marsh Sharp frost sunny E 0-1

A brief visit to Beachy where we visited Belle Tout wood and walked the rough field opposite. We then looked for the Water Pipits on West Rise Marsh without success although the Long-tailed Duck was showing well in good sunlight, and a Cetti's Warbler was singing.

Fulmar 10 sat on the sea off Birling
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Skylark c80 in field opposite B/T wood
Meadow Pipit 6 in field
Rock Pipit 2 in Birling car park
Goldcrest 1
Goldfinch 20 in field
Yellowhammer 1 male in field
Corn Bunting 10 in field

Long-tailed Duck showing well at West Rise

Sunday, 27 November 2016

27th November, 2016 Dungeness

We thought we would have a change of scenery today so as the weather looked reasonable we visited the Dungeness area. Our first stop was at the Brett marina where large numbers of Wigeon were present and the Black-throated Diver was showing at close range. As we drove past Scotney the usual flock of feral Barnacle Geese were seen.
We then drove to the main Dungeness Reserve and although we didn't walk around the hides we saw the following:
Cattle Egret 1
Great White Egret 1
Little Egret 2
Ring-necked Duck 1 drake
Long-eared Owl 1
Tree Sparrow 3
Plus large numbers of common duck and hundreds of Lapwings in the air.
A visit to the ARC pit produced a pair of Goosanders.


 Black-throated Diver on Brett Marina



Cattle Egret along the entrance track



Drake Ring-necked Duck  on Cook's pool


Long-eared Owl behind the dipping pool

A distant drake Goosander on the ARC pit.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

19th November, 2016 Beachy Head and West Rise marsh Early frost otherwise sunny W 2-3

Short visit to Beachy covering Birling lane, Birling loop and Belle Tout wood. No diurnal migration recorded with just the odd migrant seen with the highlight being a Black Redstart in Birling car park.

Fulmar 1 off Birling (not usually seen at this time of the year)
Little Egret 1 off Birling
Common Buzzard 1
Rock Pipit 2
Black Redstart 1
Stonechat 2
Goldcrest 1
Raven 1
Reed Bunting 2

Reed Bunting at Birling

We then decided to visit West Rise Marsh and we met up with both Richard Fairbank and Kris Gillam.

Slavonian Grebe 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Small numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, and Pochard seen
Bearded Tit 3+ (2 males and 1 female)
Kingfisher 1

 Juvenile Long-tailed Duck at West Rise Marsh


A confiding Slavonian Grebe at West Rise Marsh

Sunday, 13 November 2016

13th November, 2016 Beachy Head Fine sunny and mild. N 1-2

A beautiful mid-November morning. We covered Birling lane, Birling-Belle Tout loop, Belle Tout wood and walked through the field opposite, Shooters Bottom, Hotel Garden and Icky Ridge. No diurnal migration recorded and just the odd stragglers seen in the area. Very low numbers of Blue and Great Tits are being seen recently on the Headland probably due to a poor breeding season. The rough field produced good numbers of common birds as shown below:

Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1
Skylark c80 in rough field
Meadow Pipit 15
Rock Pipit 2
Stonechat 8
Song Thrush 1
Dartford Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest 3
Goldfinch 50 in rough field
Linnet 70 in rough field
Reed Bunting 1 in rough field
Corn Bunting c25 in rough field

Male Dartford Warbler near Birling

Corn Bunting-c25 were in the rough field

Friday, 11 November 2016

11th November, 2016 Coldwaltham

Decided to visit Coldwaltham this afternoon in sunny and mild conditions. The Great-grey Shrike was performing well during our visit giving excellent scope views although just to far away for photographs, it was being mobbed by a party of 7 Long-tailed Tits
Also a Red Kite flew over the brooks as we were leaving and a Marsh Harrier flew over the road as we were heading back towards Hurstpierpoint.

Record shots of a distant Great-grey Shrike on Coldwaltham brooks

Saturday, 5 November 2016

5th November, 2016 Beachy Head Early frost becoming sunny with a cold wind N 1-2

Met up with RE and we covered a number of sites on the headland. No diurnal passage recorded and the sites were very quiet with the highlight being a tired looking Short-eared Owl.

Common Buzzard 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Golden Plover 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Goldcrest 1
Raven 1

Short-eared Owl looking tired above Belle Tout wood