Thursday, 18 April 2013

18 Apr 2013 Beachy Head Sunny periods but cold W 6-8

RHC sea-watched from approx. 07.00-07.50 and the highlights were 32 Bonxies and c7 Arctic Skuas.
We spent early morning and evening looking for the Corncrake in Shooters Bottom and finally connected with it at around 19.40 when it showed well along the edge of  one of the paths for some 10 minutes from 20 yards range, much to DC's relief as it was a Sussex tick for him. Since 1960, 29 records although a number were seen by the late Tom Bridger who was the farmer at Cornish Farm and knew Corncrake very well. The 15th April is now our earliest Spring record, our previous earliest was on the 19 April, 1970.
Other migrants seen today included 1 Firecrest, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat and also 1 Pied Flycatcher was reported from Belle Tout wood.