Friday, 15 April 2016

15th April, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast cool with heavy rain from mid-morning SW 3-4

We sea-watched from 06.30-08.00 which was very quiet, and we then covered the Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Shooters Bottom.We then received a call from Bob Edgar who informed us that Laurence Pitcher had found a grey tristis Chiffchaff type and we quickly joined them and after 20 minutes it showed well on the eastern side of the wood. Otherwise just a few Willow Warblers were seen.

Great-crested Grebe 1 E
Grey-lag Goose 8 E
Canada Goose 2 W
Brent Goose 102 E
Shelduck 2 prospecting near B/T wood
Common Scoter 32 E
Sandwich Tern 3 E
Common Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 1
Siberian type Chiffchaff 1 B/T wood 
Willow Warbler 8

Siberian (Eastern) Chiffchaff type by Belle Tout wood
Found by LP and showed well. Perhaps lacking some nicotine 
colour on the ear-coverts and the bill on a tristis often appears
fine with an upturned appearance.

Siberian Chiffchaff Steyning Jan 2014
For comparison the Siberian Chiffchaff which I took at Steyning
Sewage Farm and which wintered here