Saturday, 26 May 2001

26th May 2001 Beachy 5.45am - 10.45am Beachy. Calm (westerly influence) and sunny at first with fog arriving by 10.30am. Sidlesham Ferry 2pm - 3pm sunny with heat haze. Neatherfiled Lagoons, Nottingham 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Overcast but calm

Little Grebe c.2 + h at Neatherfield
Gannet c.10E Beachy
Grey Heron 2 Sidlesham
Ruddy Duck drake at Neatherfield
Buzzard 2 roadside in Midlands
Hobby 1 Beachy 3 Cuckmere hawking insects
Peregrine 1 Beachy
Collared Pratincole 1 Sidlesham Ferry - in field to the south occasionally flying and once towering  and catching insects. Unfortunately distant with heat haze not helping. Appeared very long-tailed in flight with white trailing edge. White rump obvious in flight. Sussex addition.
Lapwing c.5 Sidlesham
Arctic Skua 1 chasing Terns off Birling
Collared Dove 2 Beachy
Little Owl 1 Drusillas
Swift c.15 Cuckmere, c.20roadside, c.2 Neatherfield.
LITTLE SWIFT 1 Neatherfield Lagoons. Small short-tailed Swift. Large white throat-patch and white forehead visible when flying head-on. Obvious white rump extending below level of wings. Wings held down when gliding. A restricted pale forewing close to the body. Upprwing covert slightly brown contrasting with black flight feathers. Leisurely slow flight. Excellent. UK471.
Swallow 1 Beachy
House Martin c.5 Beachy
Meadow Pipit c.8 Beachy
Willow Warbler h
Chiffchaff h
Raven 1 Beachy
Reed Bunting 1 Neatherfield
Corn Bunting c.5

Sunday, 20 May 2001

20th May 2001 Beachy 5.45am - 11.30am. Calm, warm but cloudy

Peregrine 1 sat on cliffs near Belle Toute lighthouse
Swift c.5
Sand Martin 1
Swallow c.25
House Martin c.15
Wheatear 1
Blackcap 1
Whitethroat c.25
Willow Warbler 1 + c.5h
Spotted Flycatcher 1

Saturday, 19 May 2001

19th May 2001 Beachy 5.15am - 12.30pm. Virtually calm, warm but cloudy

Shelduck 2
Scoter 7E
Turtle Dove 1
Little Owl 1 roadside near Drusillas
Swift c.50
Swallow c.30
House Martin c.10
Blackcap h
Lesser Whitethroat h
Whitethroat c.30
Willow Warbler h
Spotted Flycatcher c.5
Bullfinch 1 Burgess Hill

Sunday, 13 May 2001

13th May 2001 Beachy Head 5.45am - 11.45am. Light E and warm and sunny

Diver sp. 4E
Gannet c.20E
Brent Goose 1E
Shelduck 1E adult with aberrant wings showing much white on trailing edge and primary tips thus encircling black panel formed by bases to flight feathers.
Gadwall 2 females
Shoveler c.5
Garganey 1 drake - close with a drake Shoveler.
Grey Plover 1E
Knot c.10E
Sanderling 1E
Bar-tailed Godwit c.20E
Whimbrel c3E
Pomarine Skua 39E including 1 exquisite dark morph
Arctic Skua c.5E
Little Tern 1
Sandwich Tern c.30E
Commic Tern c.400E
Black Tern c.8E
Guillemot 1 on sea
Auk sp. c.5E
Swift c.10
Sand Martin c.2
Swallow c.25
House Martin c.5
Garden Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat h
Whitethroat c.10
Reed Warbler h
Willow Warbler h
Chiffchaff h
Raven 1 west along Seven Sisters

Saturday, 12 May 2001

12th May 2001 Beachy Head 5.55am - 1.30pm. Light E and hot and sunny

Gannet c.30E
Brent Goose 19E
Shoveler c.2
Scoter c.50E
Avocet 9E
Grey Plover c.5E
Sanderling c.10E
Turnstone c.5E
Bar-tailed Godwit c.60E
Whimbrel c.5E
probable Arctic Skua 1E - an intermediate morph
Black-headed Gull c.50E
Little Tern c.15
Sandwich Tern c.40E
Commic Tern c.900E
Black Tern c.15E ex.
Auk sp. c.5E
Swallow c.15
House Martin c.5
Yellow Wagtail c.3h
Whitethroat c.20
Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling above Gulley in Cow Gap - glimpsed moving between bushes
Reed Warbler h
Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff h
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Raven 1

Friday, 11 May 2001

Tuesday, 8 May 2001

8th May 2001 Rottingdean 6.15pm - 7.00pm. Light E and warm and sunny

Red-legged Partridge 2 Ditchling Beacon
Whimbrel 22E
Black-headed Gull c.200E virtually all 1st-Summer birds
Commic Tern c.8E

Monday, 7 May 2001

7th May 2001 Beachy 6.00am - 10.00am. Cold NE wind but sunny

Preregrine 2
Swallow c.35
House Martin c.10
Yellow Wagtail 3
Blackcap 2
Lesser Whitethroat h
Whitethroat c.15
Reed Warbler h Gulley
Willow Warbler h
Chiffchaff h

Sunday, 6 May 2001

6th May 2001 Beachy 6.00am - 12.30pm. Cold NE wind and overcast. Coombe Haven 5pm - 9pm

Little Egret 3 in a tight group in Cuckmere - migrants.
Hobby 1 in off sea at Cow Gap
Peregrine 2
Cuckoo 1 CH
Swift 1
Swallow c.8
House Martin c.5
Nightingale sp. 1 Coombe Haven heard singing in response to playback with a very brief flight view. Cold brown upperparts seen - no tail ! Song lacking the rattle typical of Nightingale.
Lesser Whitethroat 1 + 3h
Whitethroat c.30
Sedge Warbler h CH
Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff h
Raven 4

Saturday, 5 May 2001

5th May 2001 Beachy 6.00am - 11.00am. Cold NE wind but dry

Peregrine 2
Swift 1
Swallow c.10
House Martin c.5
Yellow Wagtail 1
Blackcap 2
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat c.25
Willow Warbler h
Chiffchaff h