Saturday, 26 April 2014

26 April 2014 Beachy Head Early morning rain clearing S 5-6

We sea-watched from 08.50-13.00 after the early morning rain, (unfortunately good numbers of terns etc were moving at other sites before we had arrived). Still a reasonable movement with the highlight being a good count of Black-throated Divers many in superb full summer plumage.
We also managed to check Belle Tout wood and walk the Cornish Farm track, but other than several Greenland Wheatears, little else was seen on the ground.

Red-throated Diver 17 E
Black-throated Diver 18 E - many in full s/p.
Great-crested Grebe 1 E
Fulmar 27 E but only 2 W
Manx Shearwater 4 E @ 11.39
Gannet 140 E
Brent Goose 57 E
Eider 5 ( 4 W and 1 E, 4 drakes)
Common Scoter 125 E
Hobby 1 in off the sea @ 09.59
Bar-tailed Godwit 35 E
Whimbrel 35 E
Curlew 4 E
Arctic Skua 23 E
Bonxie 21 E
Mediterranean Gull 3 ad's E
Little Gull 1 juv E
Black-headed Gull 22 E
Common Gull c70 E chiefly 1stW types.
Sandwich Tern 105 E
Commic Tern 20 E
Auk Sp 13 E
Wheatear 5 (at le ast 4 were Greenlands)
Corn Bunting 2

140 Gannets were seen moving E today



21 Bonxies moved E today


Greenland Wheatears along the Cornish Farm track.