Saturday, 5 March 2016

5th March 2016 Beachy NNW2 7.40am - 8.25am

We sea-watched for 45 minutes although there was a shimmer across the calm sea. With the unhelpful wind direction it was expectedly quiet although a Mediterranean Gull sat on the sea then flew east and a high-flying Grey Heron arrived in off. A Black Redstart was a welcome sight in the car park. A walk up the lane produced a trio of Siskins but unfortunately not the trio of Long-tailed Tits that included a caudatus-type seen during the week. A Peregrine was loathe to leave its kill regularly buzzing the Corvids, even passers-by and ourselves. A walk of the Belle Tout loop produced a few Stonechats but no sign of the male Dartford Warbler. The grazing ponies had unearthed a live incendiary device, a 'German export' from WWII, that was soon costing the British taxpayer as it became the focus of attention for the local constabulary.

Red-throated Diver 5 E
Great-crested Grebe 2 E
Cormorant 14W
Grey Heron 1 high in off the sea
Brent Goose 7 E
Peregrine 2
Common Gull 20
Mediterranean Gull 1 E adult
Auk sp. 12 W
alba Wagtail 1 W
Black Redstart 1
Stonechat 3
Raven 1
Goldfinch 20
Siskin 3+

Brent Geese at Birling (JFC)
Looking to cut across the headland in the fine weather

Black Redstart at Birling (JFC)

Peregrine at Birling (lower JFC)

WWII German incendiary unearthed by the ponies at Birling