Tuesday, 24 October 2000

24th October 2000 Minsmere 7.00am - 11.30am. Cloudy with fair westerly breeze.

No sign of Siberian Blue Robin.

Great White Egret 1 seen in flight, large size and yellow bill obvious despite distance.
Grey Heron c.2
Wigeon c.40
Teal c.15
Shoveler 1
Sociable Plover 1 seen on the ground and in flight a couple of times - superb.
Lapwing c.40
Barn Owl 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker c.3 - moving south along coast - migrants ?
Pallas’s Warbler - seen at dawn hovering along edge of Sluice bushes.
Bearded Tit c.6
Reed Bunting 2

Sunday, 22 October 2000

22nd October 2000 Cuckmere 7.45am - 8.30am Beachy 8.45am - 12.30pm. Slight drizzle but calm

Little Grebe c.10 C
Little Egret c.10 C (no sign of Great White Egret)
Wigeon c.10 C and 2 east past Cow Gap
Merlin 1
Hobby 1 (getting late)
Lapwing c.20 C including single bird with pale creamy head and mantle - unfortunately normal black breast band und upperwings in flight.
Greenshank h Birling Gap
Black-headed Gull c.500 C
Short-eared Owl 1 high over Belle Toute wood
Swallow 1
Rock Pipit 2
Ring Ouzel c.7
Redwing 2
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff c.5 including bird with deformed lower mandible (held vertically down) in Belle Toute wood
Goldcrest c.12
Firecrest 2
Redpoll c.5

Saturday, 21 October 2000

21st October 2000 Beachy 8.00am - 12.30pm. Dry but overcast after heavy overnight rain.

Peregrine 2
Black-headed Gull c.500 C
Swallow c.10
House Martin c.10
Ring Ouzel 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Goldcrest c.15
Firecrest c.2
Brambling h
Siskin c.10
Redpoll c.5

Sunday, 15 October 2000

15th October 2000 Beachy Head 7.30am - 1.30pm. Overcast and virtually calm.

Swallow c.25
House Martin c.200
Pied Wagtail c.5
Black Redstart 1 male
Blackcap 1
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 Belle Toute Wood - very drab individual but typical call
Chiffchaff c.5
Goldcrest c.20
Long-tailed Tit c.12 Holywell
Brambling h
Siskin c.30
Redpoll c.5

Saturday, 14 October 2000

14th October 2000 Beachy 7.30am - 11.00am. Coombe Haven, Bexhill 12.00 - 2.00pm. Overcast and calm

Brent Goose 2 W
Sparrowhawk c.2
Swallow c.30
House Martin c.750
Pied Wagtail c.20
Whinchat 1
Radde’s Warbler 1 Coombehaven. Orangey undertail-coverts. Pale supercilium with black eye-stripe. Bright pink feet and strong pink legs. Superb views often calling a quiet ‘tac tac’.
Chiffchaff c.5
Siskin c.25
Redpoll c.10
Reed Bunting c.5

Friday, 6 October 2000

6th October 2000 Mizen Head 7.00am - 10.30am. Galley Head 12.00 - 2.00pm. Ballycotton 5.00pm. Overcast but virtually calm

Little Grebe 1 roadside near Galley Head.
Gannet c.20
Wigeon c.10 Clonakilty
Teal c.25 Clonakilty
Kestrel c.2 roadside
Peregrine 1 Galley Head - dive-bombed the car from telegraph pole
Pheasant 1
Water Rail h
Moorhen c.5
Oystercatcher c.15
Ringed Plover c.10
Snipe h
Black-tailed Godwit c.10
Bar-tailed Godwit 2
Whimbrel 1
Curlew c.20
Redshank c.10
Greenshank c.3
Sandwich Tern 3 on beach near Galley Head
Rock Dove c.20
Swallow 1 roadside
Meadow Pipit c.25
Grey Wagtail c.6
Pied Wagtail c.5
Wren c.15
Dunnock c.10
Robin c.15
Stonechat c.15
Song Thrush c.10
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 Dirk Bay wood, Galley Head. Found by DC.
Chiffchaff c.10
Goldcrest c.10
Chough c.25
Hooded Crow c.50
Raven c.10
Snow Bunting 1 feeding on grassy centre to road to Galley Head lighthouse.

Thursday, 5 October 2000

5th October 2000 Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork. 12.45pm - 3.30pm. Crookhaven, Mizen Head 5pm - 7.30pm. Sunny with light westerly wind

Shag c.15
Little Egret c.15 on journey to Co. Cork.
Heron 1 roadside
Moorhen c.5
Black Guillemot 2 in winter plumage. Return boat trip from Cape Clear.
Swallow c.2 Cape Clear
Stonechat 1
Chiffchaff c.5
Goldcrest c.5
Coal Tit 1 continental 'Irish' with grey mantle.
Chough 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1 ex views in Cotter’s Garden, Cape Clear. Grey crown, bold pale supercilium bordered above by dark line.
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER 1 ex. Cotter’s Garden, Cape Clear. Dagger-like black bill. Bright yellow forecrown contrasting with green crown, nape and mantle. Black loral line to eye. Bright yellow underparts with contrasting white undertail coverts. Steel-grey-blue wings with broad white wingbars to median and greater coverts. Vast amount of white in tail in flight. UK & Eire 468.

Sunday, 1 October 2000

1st October 2000 Beachy 7.00am - 4.20pm

Honey Buzzard 13 all again heading south
Marsh Harrier c.12 again part of HB movement
Sparrowhawk c.2
Buzzard 1 (and another over the road at Firle)
Osprey 3 south out to sea (and another seen soaring over No.19 Copestake Drive, Burgess Hill)
Merlin 1
Hobby c.4
Peregrine 1
Lapwing 1
Turtle Dove c.2
Short-eared Owl 1
Swift 1
Sand Martin c.5
Swallow c.500
House Martin c.500
Tree Pipit c.25
Rock Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail h
Pied Wagtail c.3
Redstart c.5
Wheatear c.3
Whitethroat c.5
Blackcap c.5
Chiffchaff c.25
Willow Warbler c.3
Goldcrest c.3
Firecrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Brambling h
Redpoll h