Tuesday, 19 March 2013

19 Mar 2013 Sunny periods & mild. Calm becoming E 1

A quieter morning sea-watching from 06.15-08.00 and we were joined by RHC and briefly by RDME. Highlight was a close Black-throated Diver in almost s/p with 4 Red-throats.
We then walked the Birling Gap-Belle Tout loop covering also Cornish Farm Track and then the Old Trapping Area and the Hotel Garden. Just a slight hint of some arrivals which included 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Stonechats and an Alba Wagtail which flew high in off the sea.

Red-throated Diver 12 E & 1 on the sea
Black-throated Diver 1 in partial s/p E with 4 Red-throats.
Great Crested Grebe 1 on sea
Brent Goose 151 E
Shelduck 3 E
Common Scoter 7 E
Red-breasted Merganser 2 E
Kestrel 1
Peregrine 1
Curlew 1 E
Mediterranean Gull 2 on sea and then E
Black-headed Gull 50 on sea and then E
Common Gull 200 Birling area
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming B/T wood
Meadow Pipit 2
Rock Pipit 1
Alba/Pied Wagtail 1 alba high in off the sea & 1 Pied at Birling.
Stonechat 4
Song Thrush 1 in song
Chiffchaff 2
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 1 singing Cornish Farm Track.