Wednesday, 23 April 2014

23 April 2014 Beachy Head Part Cloud with some mist out to sea SE 1 Between

Met up with RDME and sea-watched from 05.45-09.45 and were joined by RHC, RKH, RES and KH for some of this time. Between us, we covered most of the sites on the Headland including the Cliff Path.
A reasonable sea-passage although with SE winds, it could have been better, but very few migrants seen on the land.

Diver Sp 2 E
Gannet 31 E
Brent Goose 56 E
Common Scoter 464 E
Red-breasted Merganser 1 E
Peregrine 1
Grey Plover 1 E
Whimbrel 53 E also 1 in off the sea and then present at Birling
Curlew 1 E
Pomarine Skua 3 E (2 @ 07.05 and 1 @ 7.10)
Arctic Skua 9 E
Bonxie 23 E
Sandwich Tern 81 E
Auk Sp. 10 E
Swallow 10
Common Redstart 1 male in song
Stonechat 10 (several females carrying food)
Wheatear 2
Common Whitethroat 15
Blackcap 2-3
Chiffchaff 8
Corn Bunting 3

Brimstone 4
Wall 4
Green Hairstreak 2
Early Spider Orchid 21 counted at the usual site.
Harbour Porpoise 1

Still a few Brent Geese on the move.

 23 Bonxies were seen this morning-our best total so far this year.

Pair of Swallows taken up residence in the Beachy Head hotel.


Been a good Spring so far for the Brimstone