16th March 2015 – Black Redstart, more Firecrests & Chiffchaffs


One of 3 Firecrest in Belle Tout today.

A fine day with a biting east wind taking the temperatures right down with a significant wind chill. Belle Tout held 3 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff in amongst a small feeding flock of Tits. The Old lighthouse garden held a female type Black Redstart, which I believe has been present for a few days now. The Gull flock opposite the wood held a single 2nd cal Yellow-legged Gull amongst the 80 or so Herring Gulls there.


Black Redstart Old Lighthouse garden.


Chiffchaff Belle Tout wood.

I had a look for the Shrike along the Cuckmere river path at High and Over but no luck. An adult Mediterranean Gull was the best I could find amongst the Gulls there. There were three grey looking Rock Pipit along the river on the western bank, although none of them looked as extreme as I have seen littoralis Rock Pipits look this time of year. Further along the path, opposite the white horse, two other birders alerted me to a Pipit which looked good for Water Pipit. Although it was constantly obscured by sedges and a little distant.

The Exmoor ponies were moved off Beachy Head today. They had been grazing the area since November ’14. These animals are moved around different National Trust properties in the south east and I believe their next placement is at the NT’s Gayles property. Quite incredible horses, highly adapted to harsh winter weather. An ancient native breed to the British Isles. You can read more about the project here & here.


See you in November.


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