Saturday, 3 April 2004

3rd April 2004 Beachy 6.30am – 11.30am. Mainly seawatching in strong SE becoming a strong SE

Red-throated Diver c.30E several in s/p with dark throats contrasting against grey heads
Black-throated Diver 1 s/p E close with pale shoulders easily visible
Fulmar c.20
Gannet c.40E
Cormorant c.5
Brent Goose c.200E
Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1E
Scoter c.200E
Peregrine c.2-3
Oystercatcher c.12W
Curlew c.3E
Arctic Skua c.9E (8 dark, 1 pale)
Black-headed Gul c.250E
Common Gull c.25E
Mediterranean Gull 14E (1 1st-s, c.5 2nd-s, c.8adults)
Little Gull 6E
Kittiwake c.10
Sandwich Tern c.300E
Common Tern 1E close with dark notches on upperwing clearly visible
Commic Tern c.10E probably all Common with well-balanced look and pot-bellied
Puffin 1 probable flew past leading two Cuillemot/Razorbills – noticeable smaller almost recalling a small Grebe. Unfortunately just too distant to discern any plumage details.
Guillemot 1E
Auk sp. c.40E
Firecrest 1 at bottom of lane
Chaffinch 1
Linnet c.30
Greenfinch c.5