Friday, 15 February 2019

15th February, 2019 Beachy Head Early frost, misty out to sea, cool, sunny. SE 1

We sea-watched from 07.20-09.10 and RAB joined us. A small improvement with the variety of species seen but only small numbers of Auks logged. I then visited Belle Tout wood but only the tit party was seen.

Red-throated Diver 44 (21 E, 19 W, 4 on sea)
Great-crested Grebe 2 on the sea
Fulmar 12 resting on the sea
Gannet 121 E 
Brent Goose 109 E
Shelduck 1 E
Pintail 3 E
Common Scoter 12 E
Red-breasted Merganser 7 E
Sparrowhawk 1 Birling
Kestrel 1
Common Gull 50 Birling fields
Auk Sp. 130 E (All appeared to be Razorbills)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

13th February, 2019 Beachy Head Light overcast, cool SSW 2 increasing to 3

We sea-watched from 07.25-09.00. Very little Auk activity after the good numbers seen during the last two days, but still reasonable numbers of Red-throated Divers and several small parties of Brent Geese moving. We later covered Shooters Bottom and also met up with LP who had covered the Birling loop and the Birling area.
Combined totals:

Red-throated Diver  50 (45 E, 1W 4 on the sea)
Great-crested Grebe 6 on the sea
Gannet 45 (15 E and 30 feeding off Birling)
Brent Goose 40 E
Teal 2 E
Common Scoter 2 E
Kestrel 1 female type Shooters Bottom
Peregrine 1 male over Shooters Bottom attacking 2 Ravens
Curlew 1 E
Mediterranean Gull 5 E (2 were in s/p)
Kittiwake 55 E
Auk Sp. 115 (75 E and 40 on the sea, only Razorbills were i/d)
Meadow Pipit 2
Raven 3
Linnet 30 set-aside field
Reed Bunting 1 Birling area

Late news from yesterday, LP during the evening had a Short-eared Owl near the Hotel Garden and heard 2 Tawny Owls calling.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

12th February, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast, cold SW 3

We sea-watched from 07.25-09.10 with another busy sea-watch, with most of the birds moving E.  The highlight being a Puffin leading a flock of 40 Razorbills. Good flock of 200 Common Gulls flew out to sea from Birling and our first Mediterranean Gull for the year probably heading for Rye. We then covered Belle Tout wood, Old Trapping Area and Hotel Garden but little of interest seen.

Red-throated Diver 49 (38 E and 11W)
Great-crested Grebe  3 (2 on sea and 1 E)
Gannet 30 E
Common Scoter 1 E
Mediterranean Gull 1 ad w/p E (our first for this year)
Common Gull 200 Birling flew out to sea
Kittiwake 55 E
Auk Sp. 2,023 E (Majority i/d were Razorbills)
Puffin  1 w/p E @ 08.50 leading a party of Razorbills (JFC, DRC)
Meadow Pipit party of 9 along the road
Rock Pipit 1 Birling
Song Thrush 1 singing Hotel Garden
Goldfinch 8

Monday, 11 February 2019

11th February, 2019 Beachy Head Sunny periods, cool NW 2-3

A pleasant sunny morning at Beachy. We sea-watched from 07.30-09.00 and a further good flight of Auks W during the first hour before it went quiet. We also covered Birling lane and Belle Tout wood but as expected very little seen.

We called in at Newhaven Harbour on our way home but only the usual gulls were seen which included good numbers of Black-headed., one of which was in summer plumage.

Red-throated Diver 39 (25 E, 7 W, 7 on the sea)
Great-crested Grebe 2 on the sea
Fulmar 9
Gannet c70 W
Sparrowhawk 1 Birling
Curlew 2 W
Common Gull 50 Birling fields
Kittiwake c20 W
Auk Sp. 1,073 W virtually all between 07.30-08.30.
Green Woodpecker 1 Birling
Song Thrush 1 Birling
Raven 1 Birling

Saturday, 2 February 2019

2nd February, 2019 Beachy Head Sunny periods, cold NW 3

We sea-watched from 07.30-09.15. and recorded a good westerly movement of Divers and Auks and a day record count for Cormorants.
We then covered Belle Tout wood and the set-aside field, Shooters Bottom and the Old Trapping Area but no sign of any cold weather movement on the Headland, and I made a search for any Woodcock but failed to find any.

Red-throated Diver 75 (71 W, 1 E and 3 on the sea))
Great-crested Grebe 1 E
Gannet 132 W
Cormorant  245 on the sea and then departed W.
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Common Gull c50 Birling
Kittiwake 12
Auk Sp. 772 W
Guillemot 10 on the sea
Razorbill 25 on the sea
Green Woodpecker 1 B/T wood
Skylark 80+ Set-aside field
Song Thrush 1
Raven 1

Bottlenose Dolphin 1 off Birling

A snowy Seven Sisters

Winter plumage Razorbill

Skylark over the set-aside field

Shooters Bottom in the snow

I knew I should have brought my sledge

Old Trapping Area and still no Woodcock

A record day count of Cormorants for Beachy
first seen on the sea and then headed W about a mile out

21st January, 2019 Burgess Hill
Doreen and myself got up very early to watch the eclipse of the moon, luckily the sky was very clear with virtually no cloud cover.

taken by Doreen Cooper
Super Blood Wolf moon beginning to go into Lunar eclipse

taken by Doreen Cooper
Super Blood Wolf Moon now virtually into full Lunar eclipse.

Friday, 18 January 2019

18th January, 2019 Beachy Head Early frost, sunny periods cold. S1 to SE 3-4

We sea-watched from 08.00-09.30 but generally quiet with small numbers of Auks and Red-throated Divers. I then walked the set-aside field but only saw Skylarks and odd Meadow Pipits, but no Corn Buntings were seen.

Red-throated Diver  16 (12 E and 4 W)
Fulmar 9
Gannet 10 E
Teal 2 E
Common Gull 9 Birling
Auk Sp. 87 (33 E and 54 W) (Both Guillemot and Razorbills were present)
Skylark 100 set-aside field
Meadow Pipit 4 set-aside field

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

15th January, 2019 Beachy Head Overcast, clear W 4

We sea-watched from 07.55-09.30 and RAB joined us. Small numbers of Divers and Auks were seen with good numbers of large gulls moving W along the cliffs.

Red-throated Diver  15 (7W 4E and 4 on sea)
Great-crested Grebe 2 on sea
Fulmar 7 (5 W)
Gannet c40
Little Egret 1 Birling beach
Curlew 6 E
Herring Gull c400 W along cliffs
Greater Black Backed Gull c300 W along cliffs
Kittiwake 10
Auk Sp. 79 (27 E and 52 W)
Stonechat 1
Raven 2