Saturday, 23 April 2016

23rd April 2016 Beachy N4 Clear

We sea-watched from 07.25-08.10 but with a cold northerly wind very little was seen moving the highlight being a fine summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver. Birling Lane produced 2 Wheatears but Andrew Whitcomb's eastbound Serin sadly didn't reach us or we missed it. We met up with Ron Knight who had covered several sites but had seen little apart from a female Common Redstart in Chat Vale. We saw 19 Wheatears in the field near Birling and then covered Chat Vale, Icky Ridge, the Cliff Path and Belle Tout wood where just the single Redstart and a few Swallows were seen but not a single Warbler was seen or heard!

Red-throated Diver 1 E
Black-throated Diver 1 E s/p
Gannet 10 E
Sparrowhawk 1
Whimbrel 1 E
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 intermedius
Sandwich Tern 3 E
Commic Tern 1 E
Swallow 4
Common Redstart 1
Wheatear 21

Carrion Crow 2 in off the sea
Raven 1
Greenfinch 1 pair
Male Wheatear near Birling (JFC)