Sunday, 5 April 2015

5th April 2015 Beachy NE1 Overcast

Barn Owl 1

Charleston Reedbed
Egyptian Goose 2
Great Grey Shrike 1
Blackcap h singing

Red-throated Diver 1E, 1 on sea
Black-throated Diver 1E
Great-crested Grebe 2 on the sea
Heron 1W out to sea
Brent Geese 22E
Shelduck 1 pair prospecting around Birling/Belle Tout
Lesser Black-backed Gull 6 on the beach
Black-headed Gull 8E
Sandwich Tern 6E, 1W
Curlew 3
Swallow 7 in off
Wheatear 5
Carrion Crow 1 in off the sea

Pair of Shelduck prospecting at Belle Tout

Swallow at Birling
Our first Swallow of the year that had beautifully eye-catching strongly orange-suffused underparts and underwing-coverts. Whilst such characters are often associated with American Barn Swallow and Middle Eastern forms of Swallow similarly plumaged individuals do occur in all European populations.

Grey Heron high off Birling