Monday, 22 April 2019

21 April 2019

Not a lot of visible migration today apart from a few birds moving NE, most notable were four Whimbrel, 11 Blackbirds, 14 Carrion Crows, three Yellow Wagtails and a Serin.  Apart from that there was a trickle of the usual Swallows, Chaffinches and Linnets.
Elsewhere in the area were 12 Whitethroats, eight Lesser Whitethroats and a 'continental' Coal Tit.
As we left, at around 12:00, a Red Kite flew NE.

Richard, Gerald, Nigel, Simon, Paul Holt, Jack 

Saturday, 20 April 2019

20th April 2019

A moderate N wind kept things quite cool early on. Chaffinches were moving NE and Jack and I had 442 between 06.30 and 09.00 with 10 Siskins and a couple of Bramblings, Around the area there were eight Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, 20 Swallows, three House Martins and a Sand Martin.

Just before Midday, Tony picked up four Red Kites over The Rough which came towards me in Kingsdown and drifted out over the coast.

Friday, 19 April 2019

19th April 2019

With the wind from a NE direction we decided to stand at the cliff-top and watch the visible migration. However before that Richard had seen three Cattle Egrets fly S at 06:40 (a new bird for Bockhill) also he and Nigel had two Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sand Martin, a Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff in the Paddock. From 07:30 - 10:00 on the cliff-top we had 17 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 13 Swallows, three House Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, a Ring Ouzel,129 Chaffinches, 10 Goldfinches and 35 Linnets moving NE. Apart from that a Marsh Harrier and three Goosanders flew S and a Wheatear came in and landed on the Bluebird Café.

Richard, Nigel, Jack

Marsh Harrier, Wheatear, Whitethroat - Nigel

Saturday, 13 April 2019

13 April 2019

A cold N/NE wind hindered much bird-finding.

Single Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow and Wheatear were the only migrants. The Ravens were harassing the gulls. Nearer the ground we found a Tawny Mining Bee.

Nigel, Jack, Brendan, Richard

Wheatear - Nigel

Tawny Mining Bee - Nigel

Saturday, 6 April 2019

6th April 2019

From 08:00 - 10:00 Nigel and I had a seawatch in the Bay and, although visibility was not very good, we saw four Red-throated Divers, 22 Gannets, four Brent Geese, two Shovelers, 14 Common Scoters, two Whimbrel, one Great Skua, eight Common Gulls, 12 Black-Headed Gulls, one Little Gull, 77 Sandwich Terns and four Common Terns.


Sunday, 31 March 2019

31st March 2019

Half an hour of sea watching at Kingsdown produced singles of Red-throated and Black-throated Divers, 21 Gannets, 22 Brent Geese and five Sandwich Tern.


30th March 2019

A beautiful day to stand on the cliff-top and watch for migrants, pity there was only one Woodlark,
two Swallows, two Black Redstarts, one Blackcap, one Chiffchaff, one Brambling and at least 30 Chaffinches.

Tony Swandale, Gerald, Richard, Phil, Jack.

25th March 2019

Four Red Kites around area.

24th March 2019

Paul Holt had a vis. mig. from 06:30-8:30 which produced a Swallow, 55 Meadow Pipits, 18 Alba Wagtails, 100 Starlings, eight Great Tits, 1100 Chaffinches, five Bramblings, 40 Linnets, eight Siskins, eight Greenfinches and 13 Goldfinches.
Around the area were 11 Chiffchaffs and, overhead, a movement N of 41 Buzzards .
Later in the afternoon a White-tailed Eagle moved NW at 14:50.

Paul, Nigel, Heather, Richard, Phil.

23rd March 2019

Visible migration was quite light with two Stock Doves, an Alba Wagtail, a Fieldfare, two Skylarks,
465 Chaffinches, 22 Linnets, two Siskins and two Bullfinches.
Around the area were three Buzzards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Wheatears, a Black Redstart and 12 Chiffchaffs.


22nd March 2019

One Black Redstart still on the undercliff and two Brambling in the Farm Wood.

20th March 2019

On the undercliff were two Black Redstarts and elsewhere a Firecrest and 50 Redwings.
Up the road at Foxhill were two Wheatears.

Monday, 18 March 2019

18th March 2018

Lighter winds than the last few days, but chilly from the NW. An increase in crests around the area, 25 Goldcrests and two Firecrests, one in the Farm Wood, the other along Granville Road, Kingsdown.  Other than that not a great deal else, 15 Yellowhammers and four Corn Buntings in song. The dog ‘discovered’ a couple of Grey Partridges and three Buzzards were heading into the wind over Kingsdown.