Carried out a sea-watch from 07.45-09.00 and then checked Birling lane, the gully at Belle Tout, Belle Tout wood and rough field. An impressive and close flock of 52 Red-throated Divers were present on the sea off the B/T gully but only stayed a few minutes before they all took off and departed out to sea.
Red-throated Diver 119 (63E, 3W, & 1 on the sea plus flock of 52 on the sea and then departed SW)
With large numbers of Fieldfares moving in the cold weather yesterday in West Sussex, we decided to visit Beachy this morning. No real diurnal migration other than 30 Redwings E, although there were reasonable numbers of Thrushes on the ground. We covered the area around Birling, walked right through B/T field and back to Birling, B/T wood, The Old Trapping Area and Hotel Garden:
Lapwing 20 around Cornish Farm
Common Gull 200
Meadow Pipit 5
Rock Pipit 3
Redwing 85 (Flock of 30 E).
Song Thrush 35
With a SE wind and snow spreading along the South coast from the West Country, we decided to pay a quick visit to Birling where we sea-watched from 07.55-08.55 and then had time to check Birling area and Belle Tout wood before the heavy snow arrived. Sea-watch was fairly slow with just small numbers of divers and auks, and no sign of any cold weather movement at the sites which we covered.
Red-throated Diver 13 E
Great-crested Grebe 7 E
Gannet 2 E
Auk Sp.67 E (only 6 i/d and all were Razorbills).
Common Gulls 400 on the sea off Birling and all were adults.
Sea-watched from 07.55-10.00 and we then walked Birling lane, through Belle Tout field and wood before returning back to Birling. Other than the sea-watch, very little evidence of any cold weather movement.
Red-throated Diver 40 (36 E, 1W & 3 on sea)
Great-crested Grebe 4 E
Gannet 120 E
Little Egret 1 E a little way out to sea and appeared to be moving.
Brent Goose 242 E
Shelduck 8 E
Wigeon 1 on sea
Teal 1 E
Common Scoter 9 E Velvet Scoter 1 E
Peregrine 1 Great Skua 2 E
Common Gull 250+ in fields at Birling
Auk Sp 655 E (c20 were i/d as Razorbills).
Rock Pipit 1
Song Thrush 3
Bob and Sarah went into Whitbread Hollow and had a Kestrel, Tawny Owl and 2 Jays.
We sea-watched from 08.15-09.20 and then walked Birling lane and along cliff edge to Belle Tout lighthouse and wood and then walked back to Birling via the rough field. Generally very few passerines present and didn't see any House Sparrows or Blackbirds on our walk.
Red-throated Diver 2 E
Gannet 3 W
Shelduck 1 W
Wigeon 8 on sea
Velvet Scoter 4 E @ 08.40
Common Buzzard 1 sat on wall
Black-headed Gull 40 W
Kittiwake 6 W
Auk Sp. 1 E
Skylark 70 in field
Rock Pipit 2-3
Stonechat 1 male
Beachy Head Lighthouse on a beautiful 1st January, 2013.