Saturday, 23 January 2016

23rd January, 2016 Beachy Head and Newhaven Overcast very mild with poor visibility out to sea. SW 1-2

Stopped briefly in the Cuckmere Valley to check the flooded area and a Water Rail showed well on the edge of a reed-bed.

A short sea-watch from 09.00-09.30 was unproductive. so we then walked the Cornish Farm rough field and Belle Tout wood, meeting up with CB who had seen a Firecrest in the scrub near Belle Tout.

Red-throated Diver 1 W
Brent Goose 1 W
Kestrel 1
Red-legged Partridge 9
Razorbill 25 E
Stock Dove 4
Skylark c80 in rough field
Stonechat 2
Goldfinch flock of 25 in rough field
Linnet flock of 18 in rough field
Yellowhammer 1 male B/T scrub

On our way home we called in at the Tidemills, very high tide and no muddy edges showing in the creek or the pool. Doreen and Brenda had a Jack Snipe fly over their heads otherwise just 8 Common Snipe, 25 Meadow Pipits and 18 Brent Geese E.