Sunday, 28 March 2004

28th March 2004 Beachy 7.15am – 2.00pm. SSW cold breeze being very clear and sunny

Red-throated Diver c.8E
Fulmar c.5
Gannet c.20E
Brent Goose c.250E
Pale-bellied Brent Goose 1E Seen overhead at the bottom of Cow Gap flying east with a party of Brent. Pale bely contrasting with dark neck and white undertails. Considerably smaller than the accompanying Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Shelduck 2E
Pintail 2E
Shoveler 5E
Wigeon 1E drake
Scaup 1E
Scoter c.25E
Red-breasted Merganser c.4E
Buzzard sp.1 seen hovering at great range from the Cattle Field
Sparrowhawk 1
Peregrine c.8 including one bird in heavy primary moult – p8? On both wings
Pheasant c.6
Curlew 1 flying around high calling encountered several times during the morning
Arctic Skua 1E dark / intermediate morph
Black-headed Gull c.20E
Common Gull c.300 on sea off Hollow
Kittiwake c.50E
Sandwich Tern 8E
Guillemot 1 on sea
Auk sp. C.35E
Skylark c.5 including some in song
Meadow Pipit c.20
Alba Wagtail c.4 over including one in off the sea
Robin c.5
Black Redstart 1
Wheatear 3
Stonechat c.5
Chiffchaff 2
Goldcrest 2
Long-tailed Tit 4
Raven 1
Chaffinch c.6
Brambling 1
Linnet c.30
Goldfinch c.5
Greenfinch 2

Saturday, 27 March 2004

27th March 2004 Beachy 7.00am – 12.30pm, Crowlink 12.45pm – 1.45pm, Newhaven 2.00 – 2.30pm. Heavy overcast and calm becoming slightly southerly in afternoon

Great Crested Grebe 1s/p on sea
Fulmar c.5
Gannet 1
Cormorant c.5 including an adult in courtship plumage
Grey Heron 1 on beach at Cow Gap
Canada Goose 1E
Shelduck c.4 Newhaven
Mallard c.10 Cuckmere
Shoveler 5 on sea off Birling
Teal c.10 Cuckmere
Garganey 1E drake
Peregrine 2
Red-legged Partridge 3 Ditchling Beacon
Pheasant 1
Oystercatcher c.3W
Ringed Plover 1 Newhaven
Lapwing 1 Cattle Field
Lesser Black-backed Gull c.10 graellsii Newhaven
Razorbill 1 on sea off Birling
Collared Dove 2
Green Woodpecker 1
Meadow Pipit c.20
White Wagtail 1 Newhaven scrape. Probable male as black crown extending to rear. Some moult around the base of the bill but plain grey mantle concolorous with flanks.
Dunnock c.3
Robin c.8
Wheatear 8 (2 being at Crowlink) both males and females seen
Stonechat c.8
Song Thrush 2
Blackbird c.5
Chiffchaff 52
Goldcrest 6
Long-tailed Tit 2 Gulley (one ringed)
Raven 2 (1 being at Crowlink) The Beachy individual tumbling opposite the Beachy Head Hotel
House Sparrow c.5
Chaffinch c.5
Linnet 3
Goldfinch c.20 (c.15 being at Crowlink)
Greenfinch c.2 Crowlink
Corn Bunting 2

Saturday, 13 March 2004

13th March 2004 Beachy 7.00am – 12.30pm. Overcast with fresh south wind

Diver sp. C.40E probably Red-throated
Great Crested Grebe 1
Fulmar c.20
Gannet c.40E
Kittiwake c.300E
Mediterranean Gull 3E
Bullfinch 1

Saturday, 6 March 2004

6th March 2004 Beachy 7.00am – 12.30pm. Mild and calm

Red-throated Diver c.3 flying around offshore
Diver sp. 1E – gave the impression of being a Black-throated but too distant to be sure
Great Crested Grebe 1 on sea
Fulmar c.10
Cormorant 1E
Canada Goose c.20 Cuckmere
Merlin 1 Upper Cuckmere
Oystercatcher c.2
Black-headed Gull c.30
Common Gull c.50
Mediterranean Gull 1 ad. Summer
Herring Gull c.50
Great Black-backed Gull c.20
Wood Pigeon c.20 in single flock moving south
Green Woodpecker 1
Skylark c.20
Rock Pipit 4 petrosus
Meadow Pipit c.15 with a small flock along Cliff Path but others seen in parachuting display
Pied Wagtail 3
Robin c.5
Black Redstart 1 male with extensive white wing patch
Stonechat c.3
Song Thrush c.6
Redwing 3
Blackbird c.15
Dartford Warbler 1 female in small gorse bushes behind the top garden at the top of the lane
Long-tailed Tit 2 Gully (one ringed)
Nuthatch 1 Burgess Hill Bird Table
Raven 1 wheeling around at north end of Cow Gap
Starling c.25
House Sparrow c.5
Chaffinch c.5
Goldfinch c.6
Greenfinch c.2
Corn Bunting 2 including one singing