Sunday, 1 February 2015

1st February 2015 Barcombe, Cuckmere & Newhaven

Ridgway's Cackling Goose 1
Goldeneye 1
Caspian Gull 1 first-winter male
Sanderling 1 Newhaven beach
Chiffchaff 15

Ridgway's Cackling Goose in the Cuckmere

First-winter male Caspian Gull at Newhaven Harbour
A very large male but what a beauty - very long-billed, snouty, skeletal-headed, white headed, never-ending lores, dark hindneck streaking, superb diamond-shaped dark centres to its scapulars, replaced its lesser and median coverts, bleached greater coverts but the dark bases and broad white tips still evident, heavily abraded tertials but the white thumbnails discernible, long-winged, attenuated, long-legged with super long tibias, fluffy white axillaries and black terminal band to white tail and JFC even caught it adopting the 'albatross posture' whilst it was calling (lower image above).