Sunday, 28 March 2010

27th March,2010. Beachy Head.

DC did a 2.5 hrs sea-watch and was joined by RHC & PN. and the following movement was recorded: 4 Red Throated Divers E., 26 Gannets e & 12 W., 3 Shelduck W., 2 Red Breasted Mergansers E., 98 Common Scoter E., 4 Eiders E., 17 Kittiwakes E., 1 2nd summer Med. Gull, 1 dark morph Arctic Skua E.
Very few migrants seen on the Headland with a single Swallow and 2 Chiffchaffs.
RHC had a Black Redstart in Hodcombe (he also had one on the 25th).

A heavily abraded and bleached first winter colour ringed white winged gull resembling a first winter Iceland Gull in bare part colouration but structurally (angular-headed, long legged, and large billed) near identical to the accompanying Herring Gulls so considered most likely to be an albino or leucistic first winter Herring Gull.

First winter white winged Gull