Friday, 24 February 2017

24th February, 2017 Beachy Head and Tidemills, Newhaven Sunny, clear and cool NW1-2

We sea-watched from 07.10-08.10 but with a NW wind our expectations were on the low side although 4 Eiders were somewhat of a surprise. We then walked the Birling to Belle Tout loop, Belle Tout wood and the Cornish Farm field.

Red-throated Diver 1 E
Great-crested Grebe 10 (7W and 3 on the sea)
Gannet 2 E
Eider 4 E @ 07.45(1 Sub ad drake and 3 females)
Common Scoter 39 E
Red-legged Partridge 1
Kittiwake 60 W
Auk Sp. 2
Skylark 70
Meadow Pipit 4
Rock Pipit 2 Birling
Goldcrest 1
Raven 1
Goldfinch 60 Cornish Farm field
Linnet 60 Cornish Farm field
Yellowhammer 1
Corn Bunting 9 Cornish Farm field

On our way home, we stopped off at the Tidemills and after 10 minutes the male Serin flew in and settled on top of one of the walls near the footpath. After a couple of minutes several walkers came along and flushed it. We waited another 20 minutes but no further sign.