Saturday 8 October 2011: A decent passage of finches kept us at Birling for the whole morning. Highlights were a Short-eared Owl, 58 Sky Larks, 100 Swallows, 150 Meadow Pipits, 40 Pied Wagtails, 50 Chaffinches, 680 Goldfinches, 41 Siskin, 1010 Linnets, 6 Redpoll and 16 Reed Buntings, all moving west. Also seen were 9 Wheatears, a Redwing, 3 Blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Ravens and 6 Corn Buntings.
|Short-eared Owl flying west over Birling Gap|
|Redwing at Birling Gap|
|juvenile Wheatear near Belle Tout Wood|
A late afternoon visit to the Adur by Shoreham Airport produced 5 colour-ringed gulls including 3 of the 110 Greater Black-backs present and a Mediterranean Gull.
|Greater Black-backed Gull A26, from Normandy and also seen on the Adur in February & December 2010 and September 2011|
|Greater Black-backed Gull C, from Jersey, was also seen on the Adur in November 2009|
|Norwegian Greater Black-backed Gull JY22 was also seen on the Adur in November 2010 and September 2011|
|Herring Gull SH5T was colour-ringed at Pitsea, North Thames in September 2009. I saw SH1T, a very leucistic bird, at Rainham at the start of the year and it had previously been seen at Beachy.|
|Mediterranean Gull 36A2 roosting on a low-tide sandbar on the River Adur. This bird was ringed as a chick in Holland in 2003, was colour-ringed in Germany in May 2010 and seen around Weymouth between July-October 2010. It is now 8.|
|Wigeon on the River Adur|
|Lapwing roosting on a sandbar on the River Adur|
3-7 October 2011: The peregrine was seen on the Power Station chimney everyday while single Wheatears were by Hove Lagoon on 3rd and Carrot’s Café on 4th.