Saturday, 9 April 2016

9th April 2016 Beachy SW3 Rain clearing

We timed our arrival for the forecast rain clearance at 8am but there was little visibility out to sea so we covered Belle Tout and Chat Vale in steady rain and squally unpleasant conditions seeing just a couple of Willow Warblers. The rain abruptly cleared leaving suddenly very clear visibility with a drop in the wind. The Old Trapping Area was playing host to a few Willow Warblers buzzing around with a couple flying of east and a Goldcrest. The Hotel garden and Icky Ridge held more Willow Warblers, another Goldcrest and a male Blackcap hopping around on the ground and a pair of Black Redstarts flew past us landing on the cliff edge just west of Icky Ridge where John Marchant subsequently caught up with the female. We walked Chat Vale and the Wood again and covered the area to the top of Birling Lane but activity had died and just a few more Willow Warblers, including a couple in song, and a couple more Blackcaps seen. 
Brent Geese 6 E
Red-legged Partridge 2-4
Black Redstart 2 (male and female) Icky Ridge
Song Thrush 2
Blackcap 4
Chiffchaff 4
Willow Warbler 18
Goldcrest 4

Male Blackcap on Icky Ridge