Sunday, 16 September 2012

Shoreham & Beachy (12-16 September 201 )

12-15 September.  Shoreham & Southwick:  1-2 Peregrines on the Power Station chimney most days, Dutch Black-headed Gull R3 on Widewater on 15th (seen by Jake Everett at Southwater in December 2009 and by me on the Adur in December 2011), North Thames Herring Gull RG9T on the Adur on 15th, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Yellow Wagtail on the Adur on 16th.  Hedgehog in our garden on 12th, Grey Squirrel on 16th when a Jay flew over the road.

16 September 2012.  Beachy Head.  Covered most of the top of the head from Birling to the Whitbread Hollow rides with John King (mostly in the excellent company of John & David Cooper and Brenda Kay) but it was hard work in a fresh westerly breeze with few migrants in evidence.  I saw Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Curlew, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Sand Martins, 75+ Swallows, 300+ Meadow Pipits, Tee Pipit, 8 Yellow Wagtails, Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 2 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 30 dull Chiffchaffs, a superbly bright Willow Warbler and 40 Linnets.  Also a Weasel and the first Grey Squirrel I can remember seeing at Beachy.

Hedgehog or microphone windshield in our garden
very poor shot of Black-headed Gull R3 at Widewater
Herring Gull RG9T on the Adur.  It was ringed as a 3CY at Pitsea Landfill (Essex) inJanuary 2009 and seen at Beddington (Surrey) that February and at Warnham (West Sussex) in July 2009 and February 2012. 
Grey Squirrel on our bird table

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