Sunday, 8 November 2015

8th November, 2015 Beachy Head, Princes Park and Newhaven harbour Overcast, dull and mild S 2 increasing to 3-4

We covered most of the usual sites on the headland. Virtually no migrants seen although a good diurnal passage of Goldfinches and Wood Pigeons.

Little Egret 1
Common Scoter 1 E
Kestrel 1
Merlin 2
Peregrine 5-6
Stock Dove 8 S
Wood Pigeon 1,850 S
Tawny Owl 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Skylark 10 E
Stonechat 4
Goldcrest 4
Long-tailed Tit 6
Goldfinch 1,400 (1,000 E)
Lesser Redpoll 3

Wood Pigeons on the move


When Wood Pigeons are moving, Peregrines are much in evidence.

Good movement of Goldfinches seen

Tawny Owl watching us

We then visited Princes Park no sign of any interesting gulls although a Common Sandpiper with only one leg was present.

One-legged Common Sandpiper at Princes Park.

On our way home we called into Newhaven Harbour. Large numbers of Herring Gulls and the highlight 
was a 1stW Caspian Gull on the west arm, to far to photograph but DC managed the following digi-shots.

1stW Caspian Gull on the west arm Newhaven

1stW Caspian (left) with Herring Gull for comparision.