Saturday, 29 March 2014

29 March 2014 Beachy Head Fine but cool breeze and mist out to sea.Variable E 4

We joined RDME and sea-watched from 06.05-11.35. RHC joined us for about an hour. Met up with PN who was covering the Birling/BT area and we also covered Birling Lane, Belle Tout wood and Shooters Bottom. An enjoyable sea-watch but the Headland was very quiet for night migrants.

Red-throated Diver 21 E 1 W and 4 on the sea
Black-necked Grebe 8 in partial s/p on the sea ( Our maximum daily number is 9 on the 2/4/2011)
Black-necked/Slavonian Grebe 5 on the sea just too far away to i/d.
Gannet 85 E
Canada Goose 2 W
Barnacle Goose 1 E with Brents, (just our 5th record since 1960).
Brent Goose 190 E
Shelduck 10 E and 1 W
Gadwall 2 E
Teal 2 E
Pintail 4 E
Shoveler 36 E
Eider 2 E
Common Scoter 604 E
Red-breasted Merganser 38 E
Curlew 3 W and 3 E
Redshank 4 E
Arctic Skua 3 E
Mediterranean Gull 2 E
Little Gull 9 E
Black-headed Gull 18 E
Common Gull 50 off Birling
Kittiwake 135 E
Sandwich Tern 18 E
Auk Sp. 2 E
Meadow Pipit 6 in off the sea
Alba Wagtail 1 in off the sea
Black Redstart 1 Birling
Stonechat 4
Chiffchaff 3
Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea.
Linnet 20 (10 in off the sea)

Harbour Porpoise 1 off Birling
Small Tortoiseshell 4

RHC had a Willow Warbler and Black Redstart (his 10th this Spring) in Hodcombe on the 28th.



Brent Geese again moving East.


Our 5th Barnacle Goose at the back of a small party of Brents.
A Beachy log pic. tick!!

Party of Shelducks moving East.
Our 2nd Beachy Blog pic tick of the day!!