Monday, 4 May 2015

4th May 2015 Beachy & West Rise

Red-throated Diver 1E
Black-throated Diver 4E
Brent Geese 6E
Common Scoter c.100E
Eider 1W adult drake
Curlew 2W
Whimbrel 1E
Bonxie 2E
Arctic Skua 1E
Sandwich Tern 70E
Common Buzzard 2
Hobby 1 in off the sea
Peregrine 2
Swallow c.40 in off the sea
Common Whitethroat 6
Willow Warbler 1
Raven 2

Sandwich Tern off Birling

West Rise Marsh
Swift 40
Red-rumped Swallow 2 seen together for c.5 minutes over the car park at 10am

Red-rumped Swallow at West Rise (Matt Eade)
Originally found by Kris Gillam a couple of days ago when this image was obtained when we arrived we saw Kris and his son just leaving who told us the hirundines and Swifts had gone high this morning as the weather improved. After around half and hour one Red-rumped Swallow was seen loosely associating with Swifts as it approached us from the factories and was lost over the car park, and around half an hour later as it approached from the same direction again in a repeat performance, it soon became apparent that the accompanying bird was also a Red-rumped Swallow! Both were watched acting very much as a pair leisurely feeding together including directly overhead and slowly flew to the north.