Wednesday, 6 March 2013

6 March 2013 Beachy Head Overcast cool but murky out to sea. E 1-2

We  sea-watched from 06.45-09.00 and then birded several sites around Birling/Belle Tout area meeting up with PN. Sea-watch again produced good numbers of Divers but generally quieter than recent days and the only migrant passerines seen were 2 Skylarks arriving in off the sea.

The tenants at Cornish Farm have installed 3 bird scarier gas guns in one of their fields. I am not sure why as the Headland fields at the moment are almost bird-less. Perhaps its to annoy the local residents!!

Red-throated Diver 105 E & 5 on the sea.
Black-throated Diver 1 E with Red-throat's.
Great-crested Grebe 5 on the sea.
(Possible Red-necked Grebe E with 2 Auks, but just too far out to be certain of i/d).
Gannet 28 E
Brent Goose 20 E
Shelduck 2 E
Wigeon 11 E
Mallard 2 E
Common Scoter 9 E
Kestrel 1
Curlew 11 E with others heard only.
Mediterranean Gull 2 E
Kittiwake 23 E
Auk Sp. 179 E
Skylark 2 arrived in off the sea.
Rock Pipit 1
Robin 8
Stonechat 2
Song Thrush 1