Author Archives: BEACHY HEAD BIRDER
30.05.23 Red-tailed Shrike West Rise.
Clear, another day of strong NE winds. Despite the incessant NE wind, David Thorns found this brilliant Red-tailed Shrike at Eastbourne’s West Rise Marsh today. Found early afternoon, the bird favoured the NW corner of the main lake along a … Continue reading
Clear with a stiff NE wind. A singing Reed Warbler on Birling lane was the only addition to the usual cast of breeding birds on the headland. Sunset on the 24th. The day before saw 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a … Continue reading
Overcast moderate north wind. 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Birling Gap, 8 Swift arrived in off the sea along with a single Grey Heron. Despite this springs lack of migrants almost evaporating all enthusiasm, one has to remain ever hopeful and … Continue reading
Clear almost imperceptible NNE wind. 2 of 3 Red Kite that were knocking about on the 16th. A very quiet morning, 6 House Martin and 3 Swift in with very little else seen. 3 Red Kite were the lean pickings … Continue reading
Overcast, rain midmorning with brisk NNE wind. Looking west on the brighter 10th May. Today was gloomy & uneventful bar three Red Kite moving east over the headland (RE/DT) it also marks the beginning of a spell of northerly winds, … Continue reading
04.05.23 Pomarine Skuas.
Moderate ENE winds. A flock of 8 Pomarine Skua heading east at Birling Gap. Although seawatching has been a bit quiet this spring this morning produced a push of Pomarine Skua, with 19 seen at Beachy Head. It included an … Continue reading
Overcast light/moderate east wind. Arctic Skua. I joined Richard and Dave for a seawatch until 9am when I left to check the bushes finding three Lesser Whitethroat in song the only point of interest. My first two Yellow Wagtail came … Continue reading
26.04.23 White crowned Sparrow Hope Gap.
Just three miles east of Beachy Head and after several visits I finally got a decent look at this bird. Although not a “twitcher” going to see an extremely rare bird goes some way to reinforce the belief that rare … Continue reading
Clear skies light NW. A little sign of life this morning. A northerly always seems better than a southerly under cloudless skies. Only the top bushes and Shooters Bottom covered. 8 each of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, 10 Common Whitethroat, … Continue reading
A continuation of cloudless skies backed by a strong NE wind. Looking west from Shooters Bottom. After a relatively cold and uneventful hour staring at the sea, I left RB at Birling Gap to look on land. The bushes were … Continue reading