Saturday, 13 January 2018

13th January, 2018 Beachy Head Murky, overcast and cold SE 4-5

Much colder morning with a good SE wind. We sea-watched from 07.50-09.10.

Red-throated Diver 17 (10 W and 7 on the sea)
Gannet 82 chiefly E
Brent Geese 23 E
Bonxie 3 E (1 @ 08.05, 1 @ 08.10 and 1 @ 08.13)
Kittiwake 10 E
Auk Sp. 15 E
Rock Pipit 2 in car park at Birling.

Friday, 12 January 2018

12 January, 2018 Beachy Head Chiefly overcast, clear ESE 1

We sea-watched from 08.00-09.30 and reasonable numbers of Red-throated Divers chiefly moving W. including a party of 19. We then covered the Birling loop and had excellent close views of a Dartford Warbler, which was very confiding.

Red-throated Diver 60 (9E 47W and 4 on sea)
Great-crested Grebe 4 (2 on sea and 2 E)
Fulmar 6
Gannet 41 chiefly E
Brent Goose 20 (19 E and 1W)
Wigeon 5 E
Teal 1 E
Pintail 7 E
Common Scoter 5 E
Common Gull 80 sat on the sea
Kittiwake 3 E
Auk Sp. 5 E
Razorbill 10 (2 E and 8 on the sea)
Green Woodpecker 1
Rock Pipit 2 in Birling car park
Dartford Warbler 1 Birling loop
Corn Bunting 1 singing at Birling.

A confiding male Dartford Warbler on the Birling loop.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

9th January, 2018 Beachy Head and Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. Murky, overcast mild S 1

We sea-watched from 08.05 to 09.10 with just a trickle of birds moving:

Red-throated Diver 13 (9 E and 4 on the sea)
Great-crested Grebe 2 on the sea
Gannet 13
Brent Geese 22 E
Shelduck 6 W
Common Scoter 60 W in one flock
Oystercatcher 15 on Birling beach
Curlew 6 W
Auk Sp. 3 on sea
Razorbill 3 E
Common Gull 300-400 Birling fields

We then moved onto Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne and located the Black Guillemot on the west side of the Inner harbour near the moored lifeboat, where it showed very well. We even watched it swimming under the water.

1stW Black Guillemot in Sovereign Harbour.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

7th January, 2018 Slinfold

After receiving details from Mark M., we visited Slinfold to search for 4 Hawfinches seen by Mark yesterday. After around 40 minutes we located 5 Hawfinches in the tall popular trees some way behind the Red Lion pub, after about 5 minutes they departed flying towards the cricket field. As we walked back towards the cricket field we located 3 Hawfinches in a large tree behind the local shop and these were probably part of the 5 seen earlier, and these gave good views but then they flew off again heading towards the cricket field. We searched for them in that area and behind the church for about 30 minutes but without further success. Many thanks Mark for the information.

Male Hawfinch

Saturday, 6 January 2018

6th January, 2018 Henfield Levels

Late afternoon visit to Henfield Levels and soon located the 5 Bewick Swans which were feeding with several Mute Swans quite close to the public footpath.

Five adult Bewick Swans feeding on Henfield Levels.

Nearly got all five with their heads up together.

Easier to get their bottoms up together

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

3rd January, 2018 Widewater

After virtually 24 hours of gales and with the wind now dropping we decided a late afternoon visit to Widewater in the hope that a goodie may have dropped in for shelter during the gales. Unfortunately, this was not the case although we obtained excellent views of a Knot and the female Goosander plus the usual Little Grebes, Little Egret etc. were also seen.

Knot at Widewater

Female Goosander with Redshank

 Female Goosander

Little Egret beginning to get some plumes.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2nd January, 2018 Beachy Head and Newhaven Harbour Dull but mild Rain by 10.00 WSW 2-3

Very dull mild morning. Sea-watched from 08.00-08.30 but virtually nothing moving with just 4 Gannets and 1 Scoter W. Couldn't add Fulmar to the year list. We walked the Birling loop where a fine adult male Dartford Warbler which sang on several occasions and was the highlight. Otherwise just 2 Stonechats, 2 Meadow Pipits and a Kestrel were also seen. Met up with RE who saw 3 Rock Pipits on Birling beach and then covered Belle Tout wood and the Hollow but little else seen.

It was now raining so we departed and stopped off at Newhaven Harbour. The tide was extremely high so no gulls of note, but 5 Purple Sandpipers were present on the very top of the east pier, 50+ Dunlin were on the rocks by the west pier and the immature Great-northern Diver was fairly distant in the harbour.



Adult male Dartford Warbler on the Birling loop.

Immature Great-northern Diver showing distantly in Newhaven harbour.