Saturday, 31 March 2012

31st March, 2012 Beachy Head Light cloud misty at sea cool NE 0-2

Sea-watched from 07.10-08.10. Met up with PN and we covered the whole of the Headland including the field and Cliff Path. Briefly met up with RHC at Birling:

Red Throated Diver 3 E
Gannet 13 E
Grey-lag Goose 6 flew E over the Head and then veered off N. 
Brent Goose 20 E
Shelduck 4 E
Common Scoter 10 E
Red Breasted Merganser 1 W
Sparrowhawk 3 
Kestrel 1 W out to sea
Peregrine 1
Whimbrel 1 E (our first for the year)
Curlew 4 E
Arctic Skua 1 adult d/p E
Sandwich Tern 6 lingering off Birling
Auk Sp. 21 E & 3 W
Stonechat 6
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 8
Willow Warbler 4 (our first for the year)
Raven 2
Lesser Redpoll 1

Bottle Nosed Dolphin 2 off Birling

On the 29th March RHC had the following:
4 Red Kites (3 high over Hodcombe & 1 over Whitbread Hollow).
Black Redstart 1 female type in Hodcombe
Blackcap 2 in Hodcombe
Chiffchaff 15 in Hodcombe

Our first Willow Warbler for this year

Ringed Singing Chiffchaff along the Cliff Path

Female Sparrowhawk at Icky Ridge, one of three being seen today.

Six Grey-lags moving NE over the old Belle Tout lighthouse