Monday, 6 July 2015

6th July, 2015 Beachy Head and Newhaven Fine sunny and warm SSW 3-4

Covered all the main sites on the Headland with the highlights being 4 Crossbills W and 12 Mediterranean Gulls E. On our way home, we called in to Newhaven but no sign of any juv. Yellow-legged Gulls although 1 adult Mediterranean Gull on the beach.

Little Egret 1
Mediterranean Gull 12 (all adult types) E between 07.00-08.00
Auk Sp. 2 E
Stock Dove 1
Tawny Owl 1
Swallow 6
Stonechat 8
Common Whitethroat 26
Blackcap 2
Raven 4 (2 juvs)
Greenfinch 1 male (flight singing)
Goldfinch 10
Linnet 50
Crossbill 4 W @ 7.05 (Birling)
Corn Bunting 4

Weasel 1

Also good numbers of common downland butterflies seen including 50 Marbled Whites, 10 Small Skippers, 2 Dark Green Fritillaries, 1 Red Admiral.

Newhaven Harbour: No sign of any juv. Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach but 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern with Herring Gulls on the beach.

A second visit to Newhaven Harbour this evening in bright evening light with the tide going out produced the following:
Lesser-black back Gull 2 Juvs
Mediterranean Gull 1 adult and 1 1stS.
Yellow-legged Gull 1 Juv flew in stayed for around 10 minutes and then departed.

Pyramidal  Orchid on a long stem

Small Skipper

Marbled White

Last of our Bee Orchids

Juvenile Lesser-black back Gull at Newhaven

Adult and 1stS Mediterranean Gull at Newhaven


(Bottom pic. digi-scoped by David Cooper)
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull in strong evening light at
Newhaven harbour