Saturday, 21 April 2012

21st April, 2012.Beachy Head Sunny very clear & cool WSW 2-3

We sea-watched from 06.30-08.05 and were joined by RHC. WE only had time to cover Birling lane before the rain came in and there was a number of regular birders on the Head and most of the sites were covered and RDME had also covered Whitbread Hollow, Cow Gap & the Gully:

Shelduck 3 E
Common Scoter 71 E
Velvet Scoter 2 E
Red Breasted Merganser 1 E
Red Kite 1 over the Top Fields and then drifted E
Peregrine 2
Curlew 1 E
Arctic Skua 1 E
Bonxie 1 E
Black Headed Gull 17 W (all sub-adults)
Sandwich Tern 17 E
Commic Tern 14 E
Auk Sp. 2 W
Tawny Owl 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Swallow 5 in off the sea
Song Thrush 2
Common Whitethroat 5
Blackcap 6
Chiffchaff 5
Willow Warbler 5
Long Tailed Tit 1

Grey Seal 1 off Birling

Also Roger & Liz had a singing male Ring Ouzel in Hodcombe on the 20th which from memory is the first singing Ring Ouzel for the Head and maybe for Sussex, and a Grass Snake on the 17th.

Great Tit at Birling (the first for this blog)