Monday, 24 October 2011

Beachy and Shoreham area (18-23 October 2011)

Tuesday 18-Friday 21 October 2011:  A peregrine was seen roosting on Southwick Power Station chimney with two present on 19th.

Sunday 23 October 2011:  07.20-15.30 at Beachy Head and Crowlink, including a seawatch and an unsuccessful look for a Pallas’s Leaf Warbler at Holywell.  Birds seen included 75 Gannets, 2 Common Scoter, Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skuas, 200 Kittiwakes, 80 auks, 24 Swallows, 2 House Martins, male Dartford Warbler (in Shooter’s Bottom), 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, Treecreeper, 2 Ravens, 80+ Goldfinches, Siskin and 5 Crossbills.  A late afternoon visit to the Adur while the tide was still low failed to produce any colour-ringed gulls amongst the 200+ Herring, 49 Greater Black-backed and 8 Lesser Black-backs on the sandbars.

Looking south east from above Birling
Habitat management or an organised bustard flush?
almost as likely as some of the speices reportedly seen at Beachy recently!
very poor photo of a male Dartford Warbler in Shooter's Bottom
Stonechat at Birling

Lesser Black-backed Gull on the River Adur

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