Tuesday, 8 February 2011

8th February, 2011. Beachy Head. Sunny, frosty E1

Doreen and myself did a sea-watch from 07.30-09.30 and in glorious warm weather we walked from Birling to the Old Lighthouse back to Belle Tout wood and then through the field opposite back to Birling. Recorded the following:

Divers 41E & 4 on the sea. (all the ones i/d were Red Throats).
Great Crested Grebe 18 on the sea & 2 E
Gannet 15 W
Cormorant 70 (including a flock of 50 on the sea off Birling).
Brent Goose 7W
Scoter 1 E
Red Breasted Merganser 3 E
Goosander 1 redhead which landed on a sea pool on the beach off Birling, walked onto the beach and then departed East. (Never thought I would ever see a Goosander on the deck at Beachy!!).
Curlew 2 W
Common Gull 600 Birling area
Kittiwake 30 W
Auk sp 80 W & 10 E

Red legged Partridge 1
Skylark 20

Birling Gap (our sea-watch site).

Up the lane at Birling Gap.

Doreen at Birling with Seaford Head as the backdrop.

Redhead Goosander which landed briefly at Birling.