Saturday, 20 April 2013

Seaford seawatch (20 April 2013)

20 April.  Seawatched from Splash Point, Seaford from 06:05 to 17:05, mostly in the entertaining company of Ewan, Matt, Bob S & Neil.  Disappointingly little passage and I only stuck it as the wind seemed to be changing for the better and there didn't seem anything more productive to do.  We were finally rewarded with a fairly distant Pomarine Skua (thanks Neil).  My totals were Red-throated Diver 14, distant diver 3, Gannet 29, Shelduck 6, Tufted Duck 1 pair, Common Scoter 108, Red-breasted Merganser 8, Buzzard 2 over the town, Whimbrel 33, Bar-tailed Godwit 21, Great Skua 2, Pomarine Skua 1 dark morph (at 16:00), Arctic Skua 4 (3 dark & 1 pale morph), Sandwich Tern 61, Commic Tern 33 (3 considered to be Arctic), Guillemot 1, auk sp. 2 and Swallow 2 in.

19 April.  12 Turnstones on Portslade Beach.

18 April.   Corncrake at Shooter's Bottom, finally seen at 19:45 when DC picked it up along the edge of one of the rides which it ten walked along the edge of for 5+ minutes.

17 April.   Male Wheatear on Portslade Beach, female plumaged Black Redstart singing from the top of one of the conveyor towers in the Hanson compound on Southwick Beach and Peregrine on the Power Station chimney.

16 April.  Ring-necked Parakeet over the bottom of Coldean Lane, Herring Gull A4AH at the University, 17 Turnstones on Southwick Beach and Peregrine on the Power Station chimney.

15 April.  Two Ringed Plover on Southwick Beach.

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