Friday, 18 January 2013

18 Jan 2013 Beachy Head Overcast cold with snow SE 2-4

With a SE wind and snow spreading along the South coast from the West Country, we decided to pay a quick visit to Birling where we sea-watched from 07.55-08.55 and then had time to check Birling area and Belle Tout wood before the heavy snow arrived. Sea-watch was fairly slow with just small numbers of divers and auks, and no sign of any cold weather movement at the sites which we covered.

Red-throated Diver 13 E
Great-crested Grebe 7 E
Gannet 2 E
Curlew 1
Auk Sp.67 E (only 6 i/d and all were Razorbills).
Common Gulls 400 on the sea off Birling and all were adults.