Sunday, 11 May 2014

11 May 2014 Beachy Head Sunny but cold. W 7-8

We sea-watched from 06.50-08.45 and were joined by RHC. We then visited Whitbread Hollow but the wind was still strong and watching was very difficult. We finally visited Belle Tout wood.
Little moving out to sea although an immature Spoonbill E with a Little Egret, proved to be our 8th Record involving 15 individuals since 1960, which was also a Beachy tick for DC. Also a Hobby seen arriving in off.
Difficult birding around the Headland due to the gale force winds with most birds keeping their heads down but in the more sheltered Belle Tout wood 2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen.

Spoonbill 1 immature E @ 07.50
Little Egret 1 E with the Spoonbill
Eider 1 female on the sea off Birling
Hobby 1 in off
Arctic Skua 5 E
Sandwich Tern 6 E
Commic Tern 1 E
Auk Sp 1 E
Swift 5 (4 in off )
Swallow 5
House Martin Party of 20 in off
Spotted Flycatcher 2
Corn Bunting 2

Dingy Skipper 1