Tuesday, 3 January 2017

3rd January, 2017 Beachy Head and Tarring Neville Very sharp frost becoming sunny and mild W0-1

Arrived at 9.00 am and did a short sea-watch but other than 3 Scoter W, 1 Gannet, 2 Auks,  5 Fulmars, and 1 Little Egret little else seen. We then covered Birling lane, Birling to Belle Tout loop, Belle Tout wood and the large field near Cornish Farm. No sign of any Dartfords, although good numbers of birds in the field including 200 Skylarks, 40 Corn Buntings, 70 Goldfinches and 30 Linnets. 2 Stonechats nearby. We were hoping for some cold weather movements but just 2 Song Thrushes seen at Birling.

As we were leaving Newhaven on the A26 towards Southease we saw 2 Cattle Egrets feeding with cows at Tarring Neville on the left hand side of the road and they were still present when we left.

Two Cattle Egrets feeding with cattle along the A26 as we 
were driving past Tarring Neville.