Tuesday, 21 May 2019

21st May 2019

The weather forecast for today, light NW winds and clear skies suggested that it might be good for raptors and so it proved. Within 10 minutes of arriving the local Herring Gulls alerted me to an Osprey making its way along the clifftop. The bird had earlier been seen at Seabrooke and later passed Sandwich. After walking around the area I took up my position on the clifftop and up until 11.45 recorded single Marsh Harrier (female) and Hobby and 10 Red Kites plus plenty of Buzzards (presumed local). Yesterday there was a Firecrest in the Farm Wood but little else of note other than a steady trickle of Swallows heading north
(Brendan)



Wednesday, 8 May 2019

8th May 2019

Nigel took one for the team and in very cold drizzly conditions, but importantly with a SE wind, he braved the Bay for three and a half hours this morning from 06.00.

The highlights were two Pomarine Skuas, a Manx Shearwater and a large bat sp.! In addition he also recorded a Mediterranean Gull, 144 Gannets, an Arctic Skua, nine Sandwich Terns, nine Kittiwakes, two Cormorants, nine Common Scoters, two Common Gulls, four Great Skuas, two Whimbrels, a Guillemot, eight Black-headed Gulls, two Shelducks, 20 ‘commic’ Terns and five Bar-tailed Godwits.

6th May 2019

In a light WNW the cliff top was the place to be and vis mig was the order of the day. Nigel and I picked up a Great Egret out to sea which slowly drifted in and headed off NW. Nigel had a Black Redstart in off the sea, land on the Block House and quickly move off. A Serin went N shortly after, presumably yesterday’s bird and the same one we have had for a couple of weeks. Finally a Cuckoo flew into the bushes at The Monument and again quickly moved on. In addition there were three ’flava’ Wagtails, a White Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, a Sand Martin and a House Martin over.

Nigel, Richard, Jack, Simon and Tony

Great Egret (Nigel Jarman)


5th May 2019

Jack and Phil found a Serin on the corner of Hotel and Granville Road mid-morning. It stuck around singing and allowing us all to get a view, sometimes briefly. There is every chance this is the same bird we have had over the cliff top for a couple of weeks now.

Serin with Goldfinch (Gerald Segelbacher)

Thursday, 2 May 2019

2nd May 2019

The dog and I took a walk up to The Monument from Kingsdown in a light NW veering to a N mid morning. A Swift powered through Kingsdown early on and with the usual Sylvia Warbler soundtrack 25 Swallows went through NW. I picked up two Red Kites over the Golf Course as I was heading back to Kingsdown, whilst watching those, three more came in to view from the coast and with them was a Black Kite. They were not in view for very long with the Black Kite making its way north, the Red Kites seemingly going west. Later the group were reunited over Sandwich.

Brendan did an hour of vis mig from The Monument between 11 and 12. He had two Red Kites, nine Buzzards, 45 Swallows, eight House Martins, two Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail.


Black Kite (left hand bird) and Red Kite, Kingsdown (Richard Heading)

Black Kite, Kingsdown (Richard Heading)


Monday, 22 April 2019

21st 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.

Nigel,Jack   

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.

Nigel

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.