Saturday, 16 March 2013

16th Mar 2013 Beachy SW6 Overcast

After a morning of heavy rain and strong southwesterly winds we seawatched from 2pm to 4pm after the rain had stopped. The first two minutes appeared promising with our first Sandwich Tern of the year and a close adult Little Gull flying east and was followed by a steady trickle of more expected fare but including another 2 Sandwich Terns and 3 Eider. A walk of Birling, Belle Tout and Cornish Farm produced nothing more than a couple of Song Thrushes.

Red-throated Diver 21E
Great Crested Grebe 1 on sea
Gannet 13E, 2W
Fulmar c.35E
Brent Goose 4E
Eider 3E (2 drakes)
Scoter 7E
Peregrine 2
Kestrel 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1E, 3 in fields
Kittiwake c.50E
Mediterranean Gull 4E adults s/p
Little Gull 1E adult
Sandwich Tern 3E
Auk sp. 41E, 2W
Curlew 2E
Rock Pipit 2
Meadow Pipit 2
Song Thrush 2

Birling still looking wintry

the sun eventually broke through over Birling