So I’m basically in retirement until spring. If there’s a Pine Bunting or Siberian Accentor to find on Beachy Head right now, it probably won’t be me that finds it! Other then visits made relating to the Exmoor ponies I’ve been largely absent. In recent weeks other obs. have revealed at least one Dartford Warbler is still wintering on the headland out of the 3/4 that arrived last October and Rodger Charlwood had a flock of 15 Waxwing briefly at Hodcombe. A Woodcock was in Shooters Bottom on the 28th.
Near by Pevensey Levels has held up to 4 Short eared Owl and a single Hen Harrier. The Cuckmere valley also has been producing low but regular numbers of Caspian and Yellow legged Gull, 2 Glaucous Gull and an Iceland Gull reported on the 28th. It’s so far be relatively sedate in terms of winter storms with no repeat of the transatlantic debris along the beaches compared to last winter.