Tuesday, 8 March 2011

8th March, 2011 Beachy Head. Fine, sunny mist to sea. SE to WSW 1-2

RDME arrived at 06.45 and sea-watched until 08.30, he then walked the Birling Gap to Belle Tout area looking for migrants. Doreen & myself sea-watched from 10.00 - 12.00 before checking Belle Tout wood and walking the rough field. PN & MN also covered the Birling/Belle Tout area. Combined sea-watch totals etc as follows:

Diver 46 E (about 15 were identified as R/T).
Great Crested Grebe 4 on sea.
Gannet 10 E
Brent Goose 202 E (including a leuicistic bird).
Gadwall 4 E
Teal 20 E
Tufted Duck 3 E
Eider 4 drakes E
Common Scoter 100 E
Red Kite 1 South out to sea @ 12.40 hrs.
Tawny Owl 1
Curlew 7 E
Common Gull 60 Birling area.
Kittiwake 130 E
Skylark 25
Meadow Pipit 4
Long Tailed Tit 12
Corn Bunting.

Also 1 large all black Cetacean considered to be a possible Bottle Nosed Dolphin off Birling for 15 minutes.

Red Kite which came from East Dean heading South, it then soared
over the cliffs gaining height, before going out to sea