Monday, 18 February 2019

10th February 2019

An hour or so of watching in the Bay produced 100 Red-Throated Divers, 60 Guillemots, 11 Razorbills, 120 Gannets, 60 Cormorants, 66 Common Gulls, 228 Black-Headed Gulls and 4 Kittiwakes feeding offshore.
Also of note were two Harbour Porpoises and a Common Seal.

Nigel, Jack

Monday, 4 February 2019

3rd February 2019

Two Firecrests were seen outside Nigel's house in Kingsdown and at the Undercliff there were two Stonechats, three Rock Pipits and a Raven.
Feeding offshore were at least 100 Red-Throated Divers and 300 summer plumaged Guillemots and a Blackcap fed on ivy berries at Oldstairs.
Richard had another Firecrest near his house.

Nigel,Richard,Jack

Monday, 31 December 2018

31st December 2018

At Kingsdown undercliff there were two Ravens being harried by a Peregrine and out to sea a Great Skua chased after Gulls.

Jack 

30th December 2018

Phil and I met at Kingsdown undercliff where we had three Stonechats and many Auks, Cormorants and Gulls. We walked up Oldstairs Road to Richard's and had two Firecrests and a Waxing flying west. Earlier Richard had a Crossbill and 40 Redwings.
In his garden he had a male Blackcap and in Nigel's garden there was a female Blackcap.

Jack

Sunday, 16 December 2018

16th December 2018

Gerald, Nigel and I had a seawatch for two and a half hours in the Bay this morning and recorded
55 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver and two Great Skuas moving down Channel.
Offshore there were 12 Great Crested Grebes, an Eider Duck, 57 Auks, of which most appeared to be Guillemots, and at least 273 Great Black-Backed Gulls.
Also a Common Seal and a Harbour Porpoise were just off the rocks and a Grey Wagtail fed around the cars in the carpark.

Grey Wagtail - Nigel

Gerald, Nigel, Jack.  

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

Goldcrest 

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.