Thursday, 18 April 2013

10 April 2013 to 17 Apr 2013 Beachy Head

We have just returned from a week's birding in Cyprus, but both Ron Knight and Roger Haggar have kindly sent me their sightings and photographs during the week we were away.

10th April, 2013:
RKH sea-watched from 07.10-09.00 and covered some sites on the Head. RK also covered most of the sites on the Head:
Red-throated Diver 11 E
Black-necked Grebe 1 s/p on the sea
Brent Goose 1,316 E
Teal 16 E
Common Scoter 25 E
Merlin 1 sat on a fence post along the road.
Curlew 10 E
Sandwich Tern 5 E
Black Redstart 1 male Hodcombe
Wheatear 1
Ring Ouzel 3
Blackbird Good influx noted
Willow Warbler 2
Goldcrest 14
Firecrest 1

13th April, 2013
RKH sea-watched from 06.35-09.00 and again covered several sites on the Head. RJF and JK both visited the Headland and covered a number of sites.
Red-throated Diver 12 E
Slavonian Grebe 2 s/p on the sea.
Brent Goose 13 E
Common Scoter 102 E
Red-breasted Merganser 5 E
Arctic Skua 1 E
Bonxie 5 E
Mediterranean Gull 30 E
Little Gull 19 E
Sandwich Tern 41 E
Commic Tern 4 E
Auk Sp. 3 E
Tawny Owl 2
Black Redstart 1 female type
Stonechat 4
Wheatear 1
Blackcap 2
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 1
Firecrest 2

14 April, 2013
RKH sea-watched from 07.15-08.30:
Red-throated Diver 2 E
Manx Shearwater 1 W @ 07.45
Brent Goose 5 E
Cmoon Scoter 50 E
Velvet Scoter 2 E
Sandwich Tern 11 E
Commic Tern 1 E
Wheatear 1

15 April, 2013
RKH covered a number of sites on the Head.
Swallow 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Willow Warbler 5
Corncrake 1 found in Shooters Bottom by Richard Butler and was still present on the 17th and seen by many observers.

Corncrake in Shooters Bottom taken on the 17th by Ron Knight.

Adult male Ring Ouzel taken in Shooters Bottom on the 10th 
by Ron Knight.

Common Whitethroat taken in Shooters Bottom on the 15th  by Roger Haggar.

Willow Warbler taken on the 13th by Richard Fairbank