Saturday, 17 March 2012

17th March, 2012 Beachy Head Overcast, misty with rain later SW 2-3

We sea-watched from 06.20-07.50 and then covered most of the sites on the Head:

Red Throated Diver 2 E
Great Crested Grebe 2 on the sea.
Gannet 30 E
Brent Goose 219 E
Shelduck 1 E & 1 prospecting along the cliffs at Birling.
Common Scoter 5 E
Kestrel 1 came in high over the cliffs and headed off N.
Bonxie 1 E @ 06.25
Mediterranean Gull 2 E
Sandwich Tern 1 E
Auk Sp. 663 E & c50 on the sea. (90% were considered to be Guillemots).
Stock Dove 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming in B/T wood.
Pied Wagtail 8 in the field
Alba Wagtail 2 in off the sea.
White Wagtail 6 in the field
Stonechat 8
Black Redstart 2 in Hodcombe
Wheatear 11
Blackcap 1 singing in B/T wood (Our first for the year)
Chiffchaff 2
Linnet 37 in the field
Corn Bunting 2

Some of the 11 Wheatears seen this morning.

 Corn Bunting at Belle Tout