Sunday, 9 December 2018

9th December 2018

A seawatch from 08:00 to 10:45 produced lots of birds of few species. There were 394 Cormorants, one Shag, 22 Red-Throated Divers and one Great Northern Diver, 50 Auks, 40 Fulmars and three Great Skuas.
Offshore following a couple of large trawlers were at least 2000 birds of which probably half were Gannets.

Nigel, Jack. 

Saturday, 17 November 2018

17th November 2018

A walk around the area from the Monument to Kingsdown and returning via Ottey Bottom produced, of note, two Golden Plovers, two Stonechats, 65 Goldcrests, three Firecrests, two Ravens and a singing Corn Bunting.
On the sea were two Mallards, a Pintail, at least 55 Gannets in a feeding frenzy off Hope Point,
100 Mediterranean Gulls, 60 Common Gulls and 400 Kittiwakes.

Phil, Jack.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

6th November 2018

Reasonable numbers of Goldcrest were dotted around with 64 in the Bockhill area and a further 20 in Oldstairs. Three Firecrests were around the Paddock along with two at Oldstairs and five seen by Richard while walking the dog in Kingsdown. Chiffchaffs were seen at Oldstairs and the Gun Emplacement. A Jack  Snipe was flushed from the clifftop, were there was a pair of stonechats. Overhead there were at last 17 Crossbills, 250 Starlings, a Brambliing and a few Redpolls. The family party of Brents remain in the field at Hope Point.

A late Chiffchaff at the Gun Emplacement

one of 64 Goldcrests around Bockhill this morning 

A family group of Brent Geese near Hope Point

Stonechat - Clifftop 

Stonechat - Clifftop 

Friday, 2 November 2018

2nd November 2018

From 09:30 I stood at the Monument and had a few Redpolls, Siskins, Goldfinches and a single Crossbill moving overhead. At about 10:00 I met Richard who had walked from Kingsdown and after a chat he decided to walk back via the wood. I started to walk to the Paddock when I had a call from Richard that he had just had a Rough-legged Buzzard going out to sea. I rushed back to the car for the telescope and we scanned for the bird. By the time we did find it, the bird was going down channel and appeared to be halfway to France. Oh well perhaps the next rarity will be more co-operative.

Richard, Jack  

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

31st October 2018

Very much and end of season feel today. Crossbills were still moving with 14  over along with 140 Redpolls, seven Greenfinches and six Bramblings. On the ground there were two Chiffchaffs, 20 Goldcrests, two Firecrests, two Stonechats, 20 Fieldfares, 15 Song Thrushes and 20 Blackbirds.

A family group of Brent Geese spent the morning in the field by the Empty Wood, a very rare Bockhill record.

Kestrel - Farm Wood 

Brent Geese near Empty Wood

Jack, Richard and Brendan

Monday, 29 October 2018

29th October 2018

Richard braved the winds and rain to walk from Kingsdown to the Farm Wood recording 38 Crossbills over plus three Firecrests 10 Goldcrests and a Ring Ouzel.

After a short look at the sea in which a 24 Brents, five Shelduck and  went North, I covered the Paddock, Gun Emplacement, Farm Wood and Clifftop. The brisk northerly wind with occasional rain showers made it hard going but I managed a Woodcock, flushed from the Gun Emplacement, 32 Goldcrests and two Chiffchaffs. Overhead there were an additional six Crossbills , three Bramblings and 45 Starlings


There were a number of grounded thrushes with 18 Fieldfares in the fields, 10 Song Thrushes at the Gun Emplacement and 12 Blackbirds together in the Farm Wood

Brendan and Richard

28th October 2018

On a seawatch from 06:45-09:15 with birds moving upchannel we had 34 Cormorants, 498 Brent Geese, 14 Shelduck, 26 Wigeon, two Teal, two Red-breasted Mergansers, 47 Dunlins and a Redshank. In the area were five Chiffchaffs, 43 Goldcrests, a Firecrest and several Bramblings.

Brendan, Nigel, Jack.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

27th October 2018

The overhead movement was still evident today  with three Bramblings, 35 Siskins, 14 Redpolls and most notable were the continuing numbers of Crossbills, 13 today, and also the 36 Stock Doves.
In the Kingsdown, Otty Bottom area was a Woodcock, two Stonechats, four Blackcaps, 11 Goldcrests and two Firecrests.

Brendan, Nigel, Jack.     

Friday, 26 October 2018

26th October 2018

Corn Buntings have been absent for most of the autumn but have returned in the last week. Three were on the clifftop this morning including this bird that was singing.

Other than that it was exceptionally quiet in brief visit today. The only birds of note were two Goldcrests and a single Stonechat. Overhead was quiet with a few Redpolls and Siskins and a single Brambling.
Later in the morning Phil walked around the area having no birds until he reached Hope Point. From there to Otty Bottom he had 460 Wood Pigeons, 15 Stock Doves, 180 Skylarks in off the sea,
43 Blackbirds, 19 Redwings, 10 Fieldfares, 10 Chiffchaffs, two Firecrests, six Goldcrests, 13 Jays,
two Bramblings, and three Crossbills.
On the sea there were 11 Brent Geese and five Harbour Porpoises.


25th October 2018

Overhead migration still going strong with 320 Woodpigeons, 20 Stock Doves, four Tree Sparrows, 138 Chaffinches, seven Greenfinches, 290 Goldfinches, 33 Redpolls, 17 Siskins and 14 Crossbills moving N. Also had thrushes coming in with 15 Fieldfares, 12 Song Thrushes, four Blackbirds and two Mistle Thrushes.
Elsewhere in the area were five Swallows, four House Martins, two Stonechats, five Chiffchaffs, two Firecrests, and a Linnet flock of 700 birds.
Whilst having a cup of coffee we had a Marsh Tit, MEGA for us, in the bushes at the Monument.

Brendan, Nigel, Phil, Jack.   

Stock Dove - Nigel

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

24th October 2018

This morning in a couple of hours we had some interesting visible migration which included a Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 16 Swallows, two House Martins, 95 Stock Doves, 11 Alba Wagtails, 105 Crossbills, 103 Siskins and 84 Goldfinches.
In the area at Westcliff there were two Wheatears having characteristics of the Greenland race.

Brendan, Phil, Jack. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

23rd Octobetr 2018

Very little movement overhead today apart from a few Redpolls, Siskins, Goldfinches and most notable six Rock Pipits. Around the area were eight Stonechats, six Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest, 19 Long-Tailed Tits, two Crossbills and six Bramblings.
As we prepared to give up, the bird of the day, a young male Hen Harrier flew W being chased by several crows.

Phil. Jack

Monday, 22 October 2018

22nd October 2018

This morning with birds moving N along the cliff-top I stood for an hour at the Monument and had two Swallows, 14 Alba Wagtails, 17 Redpolls, 181 Linnets, 41 Chaffinches, 517 Goldfinches, 69 Siskins, a Brambling and a female Merlin. After being joined by Phil we walked the area and saw very little apart from one Stonechat, one Chiffchaff, 13 Goldcrests and a Firecrest.
Later in the Bay we had 25 Brent Geese moving up channel and nine Scoter, four Teal, one Mallard, two Razorbills, one Bonxie and an Arctic Skua down.
A Harbour Porpoise fed offshore.

Phil, Jack.