Sunday, 24 August 2003

24th August 2003 Beachy 6.00am – 12.45pm. Light easterly freshening. Partly overcast. Warm

Cormorant c.3
Little Egret 1 Cow Gap Beach
Sparrowhawk 1 Ditchling Beacon
Kestrel c.4
Snipe 1 flushed from Cow Gap field
Spotted Redshank 1h a Wader heard over Chat Vale giving a distinctive ‘chew-it’ call was most-likely this species
Skua sp. 1 very dark individual flew inland from Birling. Only seen distantly but couldn’t see any white flashes on the primaries. Looked quite large and long-winged.
Herring Gull c.200
Sand Martin c.15
Swallow c.10
Tree Pipit c.2 plus 1h
Yellow Wagtail c.15
Nightingale h croaking back in response to tape playback
Redstart c.2
Wheatear c.5
Whinchat c.3
Garden Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat c.5
Whitethroat c.15
Reed Warbler c.3
Willow Warbler c.5
Spotted Flycatcher c.3
Pied Flycatcher 2 brief flight views of each!
Yellow-fronted Canary 1 singing male in Beachy Head Hotel Gardens before flying off west