Sunday, 12 May 2013

12 May 2013 Beachy Head Clear sunny & cold W3-4

Another clear cold morning and felt more like March.Yet another disappointing sea-watch from 06.25-07.15. We did just under an hour but it felt more like four hours. We then covered most of the sites on the Headland but other than a few Swallows and Swifts coming in and surprisingly a Jay arrived in off the sea and landed in the pines at Birling. Very few birds in the bushes, we could only find 11 Whitethroats and 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing on the Headland sites, and slightly more worrying just 1 pair of Stonechats. Lets hope that the strong cold wind was keeping some of the birds out of sight.

Common Scoter 12 E
Kestrel 1-2
Peregrine 1
Arctic Skua 1 E and then landed on the sea.
Bonxie 1 E
Sandwich Tern c20 feeding offshore.
Auk Sp. 1 E
Swift 14 in off the sea.
Swallow 17 (9 in off the sea).
Yellow Wagtail 1 in off the sea.
Stonechat Just 1 pair seen in the sites covered.
Wheatear 1
Song Thrush 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing in Shooters Bottom
Common Whitethroat 11
Jay 1 in off the sea and landed briefly in the pines at Birling.
Goldfinch 10
Linnet 20 (mostly now in pairs in the bushes).
Corn Bunting 2

Speckled Wood 1

Jay which arrived in off the sea and briefly landed in the pines at
Birling before departing.