Saturday, 5 February 2005

5th February 2005 Cuckmere 7.30am, Birling Seawatch 7.45am – 9.15am, 10.55am – 11.15am, Cuckmere 11.30am – 1.00pm. Wind S 10-15 cloudy and cold

Red-throated Diver 8E w/p (2 w/p juv. settled on sea for a while)
Little Grebe c.8 Cuckmere on river and meanders
Fulmar 10 including some along cliffs
Gannet 335E all adults apart from just 3 immature (11w, 12w & 14w)
Cormorant 6E
Shag 1 ad. Non-br on sea then flew east. All dark belly, short thin neck, peak to crown above eye. Short rounded wings in flight.
Little Egret c.3 Cuckmere, 1 Tarring Neville
Grey Heron c.3 Cuckmere
Mute Swan c.6 Cuckmere
Canada Goose c.30 Cuckmere
Brent Goose 10E
Shelduck c.6 Cuckmere, 2 Newhaven
Wigeon c.350 Cuckmere
Teal c.20 Cuckmere
Mallard 3 Cuckmere
Shoveler 1 Cuckmere
Moorhen 3 Cuckmere
Oystercatcher 2E, 1W, 8 on beach below Seven Sisters
Lapwing c.250 Tide Mills
Dunlin 2 Tide Mills
Redshank c.10 Cuckmere
Bonxie 1W c.7.55
Black-headed Gull 2E, c.30 on sea
Common Gull c.4E, c.50 Cuckmere
Lesser Black-backed Gull c.10 graellsii Cuckmere
Herring Gull c.20 Beachy, c.20 Cuckmere
Great Black-backed Gull c.20E, c.200 on beach below Seven Sisters, c.150 Cuckmere
Kittiwake 19E, 2W
Razorbill 1 sat on sea oiled, 2 on sea, 6 west the dropped onto sea
Auk sp. 66E, 66W (!), 4 on sea – majority probably Razorbills – larger flock sizes flying west
Tawny Owl 2 one rufous, one grey – Belle Toute Wood
Green Woodpecker 1
Skylark 2 Beachy incl. 1 singing, c.10 Cuckmere
Rock Pipit 1 Cuckmere on riverbank
Pied Wagtail 2
Dunnock 1
Robin 5
Black Redstart 1 imm./fem. behind Birling Hotel as in December so over-wintered
Stonechat 1 between Birling & Belle Toute Wood
Blackbird c.7
Song Thrush 5, 1 Cuckmere
Goldcrest 1 Cuckmere, 1 Tide Mills
Blue Tit 3
Great Tit 1
Magpie 4
Jackdaw 6
Carrion Crow 13
Raven 2 – 3 incl. Pair with lead bird calling and tumbling a short distance on one occasion
Starling 26
House Sparrow c.8
Chaffinch 1
Greenfinch 2
Reed Bunting c.5 Cuckmere