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15.11.12 Dusky Warbler at Newhaven.

Very slight N wind becoming still overcast. After a quiet morning on Beachy Head I decided to visit Newhaven where the Dusky Warbler showed well and was frequently vocal throughout my two hours on site. This particular bird’s identity had … Continue reading

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14.11.21 Diabolical

Light NNE wind overcast. A day where all the decent sites on the headland were covered but with very little in return. A single Chiffchaff heard in the pub garden and presumably the same Dartford Warbler as last week in … Continue reading

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7.11.21 Shore lark at Sovereign Harbour.

Light SW wing, overcast turning brighter later. Another dire day on Beachy Head was enlivened when Kris Gillam discovered this smart Shore lark at sovereign Harbour. It was fairly tolerant of the continued disturbance from dog walkers and Sunday strollers … Continue reading

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04.11.21 Thrushes

A moderate NNW wind, cold and overcast. There was an arrival of Thrushes from the SE today today with c60 Redwing, c10 Fieldfare, c20 Blackbird and c12 Song Thrush arriving. Accompanying them the odd call of Redpoll, Siskin, Goldfinch, Linnet … Continue reading

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02.11.21 NW wind and a little visible migration

A marked change in the weather, a light NW wind under cloudless skies. The morning saw a large flight of Woodpigeon (about c8000 heading SW) much to the excitement of the local Peregrines. On more than one occasion causing flocks … Continue reading

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30.10.21 Back again.

A blustery SSW wind, heavy rain at first followed by sunny spells. A late start due to heavy rain. A light passage of finches was apparent with most birds coasting into the wind above the hollow, this included Goldfinch, Linnet … Continue reading

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28.09.21 150 Balearic Shearwaters west

A strong SSW wind with variable cloud conditions bright spells with occasional squalls. Following on from events at Dungeness yesterday I had some confidence there could be some decent seawatching from Beachy Head today with Balearic Shearwater the main target. … Continue reading

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25.09.21 Osprey and Honey Buzzard.

A cloudy start, clearing into a warm day with a slight SSE breeze. A relatively quiet day on the ground, 1 Common Redstart, c15 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, a Merlin whizzed past Shooters. I went up to the … Continue reading

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21.09.21 Honey Buzzard IV

A clear day with a light easterly breeze. A run of the mill morning, with c250 Meadow Pipit moving east with the odd 1 or 2 of Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit mixed in, c40 Chiffchaff, c20 Common Whitethroat, c10 … Continue reading

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19.09.21 Osprey III

Skywatch from 10am to 3pm, mostly bright light SE wind. A pleasant few hours with Simon Linington as a decent run of raptor sightings continued with my third Osprey (11.30hrs) of the autumn. It took a straight path south from … Continue reading

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