Sunday, 30 March 2014

30 March 2014 Beachy Head Fine with light cloud mild ESE 1 to SE 1

We sea-watched with RDME from BST 06.55-13.00 and RHC joined us for around an hour. We also met up with Pete and Mim and Roger and Bob who were covering some of the sites on the Headland. We also visited Belle Tout wood and walked the Cornish Farm track.
Another very enjoyable sea-watch which included 2 male Goosanders which flew inland. Very few night migrants were seen but a Red Kite over the Cornish Farm area was the highlight.

Red-throated Diver 168 E
Great-crested Grebe 1 on the sea
Gannet 14 E
Brent Goose 620 E
Pale-breasted Brent Goose 1 E @ 10.37
Teal 23 E
Shoveler 14 E
Common Scoter 1,042 E
Red-breasted Merganser 27 E
Goosander 2 drakes flew in off the sea and headed inland.
Red Kite over Cornish Farm fields.
Common Buzzard 1
Peregrine 1
Curlew 33 E
Arctic Skua 1 E
Mediterranean Gull 20 E
Little Gull 26 E
Black-headed Gull 181 E
Kittiwake 151 E
Sandwich Tern 104 E
Auk Sp. 3 E
Guillemot 1 on the sea
Alba Wagtail 3 over
Black Redstart 1 below B/T lighthouse
Chiffchaff 4
Carrion Crow 4 in off the sea
Raven 1
Corn Bunting 4

Harbour Porpoise 2

(both taken by DC)
2 drake Goosanders which flew inland over Birling

(taken by DC)
Flock of Curlews moving East.


Pale-breasted Brent passing Birling

Nearly 200 Black-headed Gulls moved E past Birling.

Chiffchaff just arrived at the sea-watch site.

(taken by DC)
It quickly found a more suitable habitat.

A distant Red Kite over Cornish Farm