Sunday, 5 April 2015

5th April, 2015 Beachy Head

On our car journey to Beachy we had views of a Barn Owl near Offham and stopping in the Cuckmere Valley the Great Grey Shrike was showing distantly, a Blackcap singing and 2 Egyptian Geese.

We tried two sea-watches at Beachy the first in overcast but clear conditions with a NE 1 wind, between 07.00-07.35 but very little logged and the second sea-watch from 09.55-10.50 in sunny conditions at first becoming overcast and cool with a NE-E 3, which was marginally better. We also covered Birling lane and Birling to Belle Tout loop including Belle Tout wood. The walk was almost bird-less although several Swallows arrived and 5 Wheatears were seen.

Red-throated Diver 1W and 1 E
Black-throated Diver 1 E
Great-crested Grebe 1 on the sea
Heron 1 out to sea W
Brent Geese 22 E
Shelduck 1 pair prospecting around Birling/Belle Tout downland.
Lesser-black Backed Gull 6 on the beach
Black-headed Gull 7 E
Sandwich Tern 6 E and 1W
Curlew 3
Swallow 7
Wheatear 5