Saturday, 8 March 2014

8 March 2014 Beachy Head Overcast mild. SE 2

We sea-watched from 06.40-10.40 and RDME joined us, and he also covered Birling Lane and Birling/Belle Tout loop. We also visited Belle Tout wood. Just the odd migrants were seen today including an Alba Wagtail which arrived in off the sea, our first Chiffchaff of the year and another Firecrest.

Red-throated Diver 30 E and 2 on the sea.
Great-crested Grebe 45 (22 on the sea and 23 E). Our largest daily number seen.
Gannet 15 E
Little Egret 2 E
Grey Heron 1 E
Canada Goose 13 E and then W
Brent Goose 95 E
Shelduck 1 E
Wigeon 2 E
Teal 109 E
Mallard 9 E
Pintail 40 E
Shoveler 68 E
Common Scoter 25 E
Peregrine 1
Curlew 9
Dunlin 2 E
Mediterranean Gull 16 E
Black-headed Gull 37 E
Auk 5 E and 1 on the sea.
Skylark 9 flew over the sea-watch site.
Alba Wagtail 1 in off the sea.
Stonechat 7
Chiffchaff 1 our first for the year.
Firecrest 1 B/T wood
Corn Bunting 1

Harbour Porpoise 1


Adult Mediterranean Gull over Birling

Two Mediterranean Gulls off Birling (taken by DC)

Canada Geese on the sea-watch

(Taken by DC)
Great-crested Grebes on the sea off Birling.


Brent Geese off Birling

(taken by DC)

Chiffchaff in Belle Tout wood.