Sunday, 7 April 2013

7 Apr 2013 Beachy Head Clear sunny cold, heavy frost NE to E 0-1

Late news for the 2nd Apr with a Firecrest at Hodcombe.

Yesterday the 6th Apr a brief visit  during the late afternoon produced 16 Mediterranean Gulls E and c300 Black-headed Gulls E.

Today the 7th Apr, we sea-watched from 06.50-10.30 and again from 13.55-15.05. For once a good sea-movement. Roger and Liz. found a superb Stone Curlew in the field behind Hodcombe and it showed well for a short while before taking off and we were unable to re-locate it, otherwise just the odd migrant seen:

Red-throated Diver 175 E
Black-throated Diver 1 E
Great-crested Grebe 2 E and 4 on the sea.
Gannet 35 E
Brent Goose 1,636 E
Shelduck 8 E
Gadwall 1 E
Shoveller 2 E
Eider 5 E (4 drakes)
Common Scoter 764 E
Velvet Scoter 9 E
Red-breasted Merganser 19 E
Common Buzzard 3 soaring over Top Fields
Stone Curlew 1 behind Hodcombe. (Our 8th record of 9 birds since 1960).
Avocet 2 E
Ringed Plover 1 in off the sea
Curlew 13 E
Arctic Skua 1 E
Mediterranean Gull 30 E virtually all s/p adults.
Little Gull 41 E
Black-headed Gull c50 E
Common Gull c50 E
Kittiwake 105 E
Sandwich Tern 95 E
Auk Sp. c40 E
Stock Dove 2
Collared Dove 3
Tawny Owl 1 calling B/T wood
Black Redstart 1 male Hodcombe
Stonechat 4
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 2
Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea
Raven 1 mobbing a Buzzard
Linnet 5
Corn Bunting 3




Stone Curlew behind Hodcombe


Brents on the move


Goldcrest outside the sea-watch hut.