Wednesday, 16 April 2014

16 April 2014 Beachy Head Clear sunny but cold with early morning frost. E3 to SE 4

We joined RDME, RKH and RHC for a sea-watch from 06.15-10.15 and RES and KH also joined us. We then covered a number of the birding sites including the Cliff Path and PN also covered most of the Headland sites.
A reasonable sea passage although it could have been better with the E to SE winds with the highlights being a pair of Garganey and 4 Velvet Scoters. The area seemed very quiet for night migrants, with just a few regulars present.

Red-throated Diver 12 E
Gannet 13 E
Grey-lag Goose 2 W
Brent Goose 2 E
Shelduck 5 E
Pintail 3 E
Garganey 2 E (pair with Scoters)
Shoveler 30 E
Common Scoter 176 E
Velvet Scoter 4 E
Red-breasted Merganser 2 E
Peregrine 2
Whimbrel 8 E
Arctic Skua 3 E
Mediterranean Gull 2 E
Kittiwake 620 E
Sandwich Tern 33 E
Auk Sp. 17 E
Swallow 5
Chiffchaff 6

Wall Butterfly 2
Green-veined White 2

Late news for the 14th with a male Pied Flycatcher in Hodcombe and for the 15th with an evening sea-watch from 18.30-20.00 by DC and BK recorded the following:

Common Scoter 12 E
Sandwich Tern 12 E
Whimbrel 9 E

Green-veined White in Belle Tout wood


Wall along the Cliff Path