12th March 2018 Firecrest & Chiffchaff

A dull, wet morning with a light SE wind the upper most part of the headland remained shrouded in low cloud.

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A wet but very welcome Firecrest.

Despite drawing a complete blank the previous day this morning finally yielded some genuine passerine migrants. The wood held singles of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Firecrest all the first representatives I have seen at Beachy Head this year. Things seem to have been a little delayed by the intense cold snap of a few weeks back.

Noted on Sunday, Great Tit and Blue Tit seem to increase in visibility this time of year (passage?) with a small number seen on the 11th along with a party of 8 Long tailed Tit at Birling Gap. Also, a bright “rubicola-esque” male Stonechat was singing at Shooters Bottom along with a single Linnet, both these species are set to become much more numerous over the coming weeks.

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Brent Geese passing Beachy Head on the 11th March. Matt Eade had a count of 725 from near by Seaford Head. March is a good time for Brent passage.

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