Thursday, 29 April 1999

29/4/99 Portland 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Lodmoor 4pm - 5pm. Sunny with fair NE wind.

Buzzard 2 roadside in Dorset
Little Ringed Plover 1 Lodmoor
Common Sandpiper 1 Lodmoor
Common Tern 2 Lodmoor
Little Tern c.3 The Fleet
Cetti’s Warbler 1 Lodmoor poor views
Sedge Warbler 1 Lodmoor
IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF 1 UK455. Continually in song chit-chit-chit, sweep sweep, chitchitchitchit. Yellow lower mandible very noticeable when singing. Yellow throat, upper breast and undertail coverts, white belly. Cleaner looking than Chiffchaff being brighter more reminiscent of Willow Warbler. Legs brown. Fine bill.

Iberian Chiffchaff at Verne Common Portland (Alan Tate )

Sunday, 25 April 1999

25/4/99 Beachy 5.55am - 11.45am. Light almost calm southerly

Diver sp. c.6 E (prob. Black-throated)
Great Crested Grebe 1
Gannet c.10
Shelduck c.7 E
Teal 4 E
Common Scoter c.150
Velvet Scoter 1
Peregrine 1
Bar-tailed Godwit c.6
Whimbrel c.60 E
Arctic Skua 5E
Little Gull c.6E
Sandwich Tern c.150E
Arctic Tern c.100
Razorbill 1 on Birling Gap beach oiled - Winter plumage.
Auk sp. 4E
Swallow c.5
Lesser Whitethroat h
Whitethroat c.10
Chiffchaff c.2
Willow Warbler c.5 + h

Saturday, 24 April 1999

24/4/99 Beachy 6.45am - 11.15am. Light northerly with some light drizzle.

Common Scoter c.5
Kestrel 1
Hobby 1
Peregrine 1
Sandwich Tern c.6
Swallow c.10
House Martin 2
Tree Pipit 1
Redstart 1 male Hollow
Wheatear 1
Lesser Whitethroat h
Whitethroat c.15
Chiffchaff c.2
Willow Warbler c.5 + h

Monday, 19 April 1999

Sunday, 18 April 1999

18/4/99 Beachy 6.45am - 11.45am. Sunny with light northerly.

Manx Shearwater 1 ‘E’ close inshore on light wind
Gannet 3
Grey Heron 2 feeding off Birling on very low tide
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 1
Wheatear 2
Willow Warbler  c.8

Saturday, 17 April 1999

17/4/99 Beachy 6.45am - 10am. Swithland Res. (S) Leics 1.25pm - 5pm. Cloudy with showers with light northerly.

Great Crested Grebe 1 S
Gannet 3
Goldeneye c.20 S
Ruddy Duck c.8 S
Lapwing 1 S
Kingfisher 1 S
Sand Martin c.30 S
CRAG MARTIN 1 Size, shape and black underwing coverts seen. Breast very pale becoming darker on underparts. UK454.
Upperparts fairly pale.
Swallow 1 Beachy, c.40 S
House Martin c.30 S
Yellow Wagtail 1 S
Wheatear 2
Ring Ouzel 1 male in Cow Gap
Grasshopper Warbler 1h in Hollow
Blackcap c.5h
Willow Warbler c.5

Sunday, 11 April 1999

11/4/99 Beachy 6.45am - 1pm. Calm and sunny becoming SW4

Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine 2
Sand Martin 1
Swallow c.6
Wheatear 3
Subalpine Warbler 1 ex. male found singing in Whitbread Hollow
Blackcap 1 male
Chiffchaff c.5
Willow Warbler c.20
Pied Flycatcher 1 ex. male in Belle Tout Wood
Brambling 1

Saturday, 10 April 1999

Monday, 5 April 1999

5/4/99 Elmney RSPB E 9am - 11am, Ashford A 11.45am, Dungeness D 12.30 - 3pm. Sunny becoming dull and overcast.

Slavonian Grebe 2 D partial summer plumage
Garganey 1 drake E
Long-tailed Duck 1 D
Goldeneye c.3 D
Avocet c.50 E
Long-billed Dowitcher 1 E adult primarily in winter plumage
Black-tailed Godwit c.20 E
Curlew c.30
Spotted Redshank c.5
Sandwich Tern 3 D, c.5 off Pett Pools
Sand Martin 1 North Point GP
Swallow 5 D 1 North Point GP
House Martin 2 A
Yellow Wagtail 2 E

Sunday, 4 April 1999

4/4/99 Beachy Head 6.45am - 12.30pm. Dull becoming misty. Pulborough RSPB 2.30pm - 4.30pm.

Little Ringed Plover 1
Wheatear 1
Willow Warbler c.10 mainly in Gully
Raven 2

Saturday, 3 April 1999

3/4/99 Beachy Head 6.45am - 10.30am. Thick Fog.

Small Grebe sp. 1 on sea probably Slavonian.

Friday, 2 April 1999

2/4/99 Beachy Head 6.45am - 1pm. South wind but misty.

Gannet c.6
Eider 18 ‘E’
Sandwich Tern c.8 ‘E’
Black Redstart 2
Willow Warbler c.6