1st January; Sea-watched from 8.00-10.00, before the onset of rain, S 6.
Brent 179E, 7W
Wigeon 35E, 6W
Red-throated Diver 5E
Diver sp. 1E
Great Crested Grebe 3E, 2W
Gannet 10E, 25W
Bonxie 1E at 8.23am
Auk sp. 5E
A significant cliff fall at Birling has halved the land between the
sea-watch hut and the cliff edge! (taken by DC)
4th January: Sea-watched from 9.00 - 12.00 Wind S 6 :
Red-throated Diver 4E
Diver sp. 1W
Great Crested Grebe 1E, 2W
Little Egret 1 on beach then flew west
Bonxie 5E (1 9.36am, 1 9.38, 1 9.39, 2 9.42) - JFC looked up the previous Beachy January daily maximum that was 2 on the 13/1/13
Little Gull 1 adult winter at 10.42am arrived from the west and flew back west - JFC looked up the previous Beachy winter daily maxima that are 5 on the 25/12/89 (Leach's Petrel day) and 3 on the 30/1/09
Auk sp. 134E
Further significant cliff falls yesterday necessitated the National
Trust moving the fence back from the cliff edge. The horizontal
projection just visible from the Safety Boat Association hut are
the tram tracks!
Birling Gap Safety Boat Association Hut
Lots of roof slates have been displaced in the last week. The
Coastguards mentioned the cliff edge is already undercut in this
area too with almost a cave appearing. Permission exists for the
hut to be moved back from the cliff edge but will anyone act in time?
(pictures taken by DC)
Brent Geese passing - this passage seems to commence earlier
Adult winter Little Gull with Black-headed Gulls off Birling
(all taken by DC)
DRC and myself briefly looked out to sea but very little seen. We then walked Birling lane and then Belle Tout wood but the area appeared very quiet with no thrushes logged and just a few resident birds seen. A Bank or Field Vole was disturbed in Belle Tout wood.