Saturday, 23 April 2011

23rd April 2011 Beachy Head. NE1 Clear sunny & hot

Sea-watched with RDME between 06.15-10.00 with a break for an hour while we looked for the Ortolan Bunting. WE also covered most of the sites on the Headland.

Red-throated Diver 2E
Black-throated Diver 1 ex. on sea departed east
Canada Goose 5 in off
Scoter 89E
Shoveler 2E
Tufted Duck 1E
Auk sp. 2E, 2 on sea
Bonxie 1E
Arctic Skua 5E
Mediterranean Gull 1E (1w)
Black Headed Gull 41 E
Little Gull 7E
Sandwich Tern 27E
Whimbrel 13E
Curlew 1 E
Red-legged Partridge 2
Swallow 6 in off
Alba Wagtail 1 in off
Willow Warbler 4
Chiffchaff 1
Whitethroat 25
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Ortolan Bunting 1 female ex. (8.10am-8.30am then flew off high inland)

Willow Warbler at Birling Gap

Male Whitethroat at Birling Gap

Male Stonechat with white rump.

Female Ortolan Bunting at Birling Gap

Green Hairstreak at Belle Tout

Grizzled Skipper near Belle Tout

Pheasant at Birling Gap

Black Throated Diver on the sea off Birling

Black-throated & Red-throated Divers off Birling Gap