Friday, 22 April 2016

20th April, 2016 and 22nd April, 2016 Beachy Head

20th April, 2016 Clear with a strong cold NE 5
With the strong cold NE wind we only covered Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area and Belle Tout wood
but with just the odd migrants seen. LP had covered Whitbread Hollow and RDME carried out a short sea-watch and covered some sites on the Headland

Swallow 3 E
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 2

Male Blackcap in Belle Tout wood

22nd April, 2016 Overcast cold NE 4-5
We sea-watched from 07.00-09.30 and then covered Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Cliff Path, Old Trapping Area, Shooters Bottom and Belle Tout wood. The strong cold NE wind made birding very difficult and the highlight was a 2nd yr. Glaucous Gull which flew very close past Birling and our first Swift for the year.

Gannet 50 E
Little Egret 1 in off the sea and headed over the cliffs and inland
Common Scoter 15 E
Red-breasted Merganser 2 E
Bar-tailed Godwit 1 E
Whimbrel 37 E
Glaucous Gull 1 (2nd Yr) E @ 07.35 (Our 20th record but only our 3rd since 1991).
Sandwich Tern 5 E
Swift 1 in and departed N
Swallow 1 in off the sea
House Martin 1 N
Wheatear 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 1
Little Egret arriving in off the sea and headed inland

2nd yr. Glaucous Gull E past Birling

Party of Whimbrel E past Birling

Swift arriving over Icky Ridge