Thursday, 15 March 2012

15th March, 2012 Beachy Head Foggy becoming misty warm SE1

Arrived at 7.00 am to foggy conditions but could see short way out to sea and with a SE wind decided to give it a try. We sea-watched from 07.00-09.30 and then covered most of the sites on the Headland although unable to walk the field as the tractor was raking it:

Red Throated Diver 6 E & 5 on the sea.
Great Crested Grebe a pair displaying on the sea.
Gannet 23 E
Grey Heron 1 W off Birling
Brent Goose 976 E
Shelduck 7 E
Pintail 2 E (pair)
Shoveler 9 E
Pochard 1 drake E with Scoters
Common Scoter 125 E
Red Breasted Merganser 2 E
Med Gull 12 E all s/p adults.
Iceland Gull 1 ad. E @ 08.45 then settled on the sea and drifted E with the tide. 
(Our 12th record since 1960 and the first since 2001).
Sandwich Tern 2 E
Auk Sp. 10 E
Guillemot 5 E
Razorbill 6 on the sea.
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming B/T wood
Black Redstart 3 (1 female type on the edge of B/T wood & 2 Hodcombe)
Stonechat 2 males
Chiffchaff 10

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly 1

Some of today's Chiffchaffs.

Green Woodpecker at Birling