Monday, 24 October 2011

24th October, 2011. Beachy Head Clear fine & warm ESE 3-4

Doreen & myself sea-watched from 07.30 - 09.00 and were joined for some of the time by RHC & PN. RHC left for home & we then covered a number of sites on the Headland with PN and also Holywell with RB to have a further look for yesterdays Pallas Warbler but again with no joy. Highlight of the day was our first sighting for the Headland of a Grey Phalarope which past E close in only to turn around and fly past us again even nearer going W. superb!!

Great Crested Grebe 3 E
Gannet 222 E
Common Scoter 5 E
Kestrel 1-2
Grey Phalarope 1 E & then returned W. @ 08.30. First record for the Headland!!
Arctic Skua 1 E
Bonxie 1 E
Greater Black Back Gull 60 E (mainly adults).
Auk Sp. 20 E
Razorbill 8 E
Tawny Owl 1
Swallow 2
House Martin 1
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 4
Firecrest 2-3 (1-2 B/T wood & 1 Old Trapping Area).
Tree Creeper 1
Raven 2
Greenfinch 5 E
Goldfinch 200 E

Peacock 1
Red Admiral 2

Firecrest in the Old Trapping Area

Grey phase Tawny Owl showing in Belle Tout wood

Drone Hoverfly type (probably Eristalis tenax) taken yesterday near Birling