Saturday, 7 February 2004

7th February 2004 Newhaven and Cockshut Road, Lewes 10.00am – 12.30pm. Sunny but with cold west wind

Fulmar 3 on nest ledges at Newhaven cliffs
Cormorant c.6
Shelduck c.6
Lapwing c.75
Dunlin c.10
Redshank 1
Black-headed Gull c.250
Common Gull c.25
Herring Gull c.50
Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult Mantle slightly darker and bluer-grey than argenteus Herring Gull. Small eye. White dome-shaped head. Small white spots on black primaries. Legs from some angles looked pink and thick but from other angles bright almost yellowish. Underside of longest primary had black tip with large white mirror but otherwise dark.
Lesser Black-backed Gull c.25
Pied Wagtail 5
Goldcrest 1
Northern Long-tailed Tit 2 caudatus Excellent views in copse with British Long-tailed Tits. Gleaming white heads, pale pink scapulars, pale underparts lacking dark-spotted necklace of British Long-tailed Tits. Tertials and secondaries primarily white. Superb.
British Long-tailed Tit c.8