Saturday, 7 May 2016

7th May, 2016 Beachy Head light overcast hazy and murky humid ESE1

Murky, hazy out to sea, we sea-watched from 05.45-08.30 and 10.10-11.20. A much quieter sea-watch this morning although still some highlights. We joined Bob Edgar and also Roger Charlwood and Roger Haggar. Highlights were 3 early morning Pomarine Skuas and a Great White Egret very high in the sky and about two thirds out moving steadily E., just our fourth record with the first being seen in 1998.
A break in the sea-watching allowed us to cover several sites on the Headland but other than a few Whitethroats there appeared to be no new migrants in the area.

Gannet 25 E
Great White Egret 1 very high E @ 10.55
Shelduck 3 E
Common Scoter 93 E
Pomarine Skua 3 E (1@ 6.03, 1@06.55 & 1@07.20)
Mediterranean Gull 20 E (including several 1st yr birds)
Black-headed Gull 10 E
Sandwich Tern 2 E
Commic Tern 28 E
Black Tern 1 E
Late news for yesterday, RHC in Hodcombe saw 1 male Redstart, 1 Whinchat and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler was seen in Belle Tout wood by RKH.