Wednesday, 30 March 2016

30th March, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast becoming sunny, cool WSW 4

Sea-watched from 07.15-08.00 but virtually no movement recorded. We then covered most of the Headland including, the Old Trapping Area, Belle Tout wood, Shooters Bottom, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and then called into Hodcombe and met up with RHC and we covered the garden.
We also met up with RDME  who had seen our first Swallow of the year, and LP who had seen a Brambling.
Firecrests were still very much in evidence with a small arrival of Chiffchaffs but we were still unable to find any Wheatears, although I never checked the Birling loop which is a favorite site for Wheatears.
During this recent influx of Firecrests, RHC advise me he had a minimum of 6 Firecrests on a day during this period which now increases our daily total to 16 on the 25th March.

Red-throated Diver 1E
Common Scoter 4 E
Peregrine 1
Swallow 1 (per RDME)
Black Redstart 1
Stonechat 6
Song Thrush 1
Chiffchaff 12
Goldcrest 1
Firecrest 9 (2 B/T wood, 2 Old Trapping Area, 2 Hotel Garden and 3 Hodcombe)
Jackdaw 3W low over the sea (Very rarely do we see Jackdaws moving out to sea)
Carrion Crow 9W
Raven 1
Brambling 1 (LP)
Linnet 1
Corn Bunting 3 holding territory

Firecrests in Belle Tout wood

Firecrest in the Hotel Garden

Firecrest feeding on the ground

Black Redstart in Hodcombe

Chiffchaffs feeding on the ground