Thursday, 10 April 2014

10 April 2014 Beachy Head Partly overcast, cool at first becoming warm W 1-2

We met up with RDME at Birling and sea-watched from 06.40-07.40. Again very little movement but a surprise was a Great-northern Diver fairly close, almost in full summer plumage.
We then covered the Headland sites with RDME birding Birling Lane and the Birling to Belle Tout loop while we birded the other sites including the Cliff Path. We also met up with RB and RK. A reasonable arrival of night migrants chiefly Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers also 2 Common Redstarts, 1 Common Whitethroat and a male Yellowhammer.

Great-northern Diver 1 E in almost full s/p.
Brent Goose 12 E
Shelduck 8 E
Common Scoter 26 E
Peregrine 2
Mediterranean Gull 3
Kittiwake 35 E
Sandwich Tern 2 E
Swallow 4
Pied Wagtail 1 pair
Common Redstart 2 (male in Shooters Bottom and female in Hotel Garden)
Stonechat 7 (all but 1 were males)
Wheatear 4
Blackbird 12
Common Whitethroat 1 male - Our first for the year.
Blackcap 7
Chiffchaff 36
Willow Warbler 35
Raven 2
Linnet 30
Yellowhammer 1 male- our first for the year.
Corn Bunting 4

Small Tortoiseshell 4
Brimstone 4
Speckled Wood 3
Comma 1
Small White 1

Ringed Chiffchaff in the Old Trapping Area.

Willow Warbler in the Old Trapping Area.

Chiffchaff in the hotel garden.


Adult female Common Redstart in the hotel garden

Willow Warbler along the Cliff Path

Skylark near Icky Ridge

Female Pied Wagtail posturing to its mate.