Monday, 25 April 2016

25th April, 2016 Beachy Head Overcast cold NW 4-5

Just when you felt the Spring couldn't get any worse along comes the cold NW wind. Very difficult birding on the Headland and the few migrants which were present were playing hide and seek. A short sea-watch from 07.20-08.05 but as expected very quiet and very cold. Met up briefly with Bob Edgar who had covered Birling lane and Belle Tout wood and was going to visit Whitbread Hollow area. We covered Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge and the Cliff Path. Willow Warbler numbers were still reasonable but otherwise just a handful of migrants seen.

Brent Goose 77 E
Common Scoter 7 E
Kestrel 2
Peregrine 1
Red-legged Partridge 3 (2 B/T field and 1 calling Cow Gap)
Whimbrel 2 E
Black-headed Gull 10 E
Sandwich Tern 1 E
Swallow 1
Wheatear 2
Song Thrush 1
Common Whitethroat 5
Blackcap 3
Willow Warbler 22