Monday, 23 March 2020

23rd March 2020

Another bitterly cold day with a brisk ESE wind and sunny skies.

A short circuit around the Paddock, Droveway and Freedown during which time I didn't see a single other person! Sadly the birds were similarly scarce with three Firecrest (two Droveway and one in Wood) being the highlight. Siskins were again moving with one group of 11 seen and other groups heard but not seen. No Chiffchaffs were encountered

Sunday, 22 March 2020

22nd March 2020

Even colder today when Richard and I walked round the area and had 8 Chiffchaffs and a Firecrest.
Later I was joined by Phil and we stood on the Leas for about 30 minutes and had 61 Siskins flying into the NE wind.

21st March 2020

In a cold NE wind the area was walked by Richard, Brendan and Phil from 06:30 to 10:00. Notable birds were 25 Crossbills, a White Wagtail, 3 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and 4 Firecrests.
The local Raven and Peregrine were also seen along the cliffs.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

14th March 2020

On a horrible wet windy cold day we walked the area and had seven Firecrests, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a Stonechat and the usual Raven and Peregrine.
Richard, Phil, Jack

Sunday, 8 March 2020

7th March 2020

On a nice sunny but cold day we walked the area and had four Alba Wagtails. one of which was a White Wagtail, all moving west along the clifftop and elsewhere singles of Chiffchaff, Firecrest and Goldcrest. At sea there were several Great Crested Grebes, a couple of Red-throated Divers and a Harbour Porpoise.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

3rd March 2020

Around the area birds of note were 3 Chiffchaffs in the Farm Wood, 4 Stonechats at Hope Point, 2 Buzzards displaying over the Big Field and a Raven croaking and annoying the local Jackdaws on the clifftop.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

1st March 2020

On the first reasonable day with pleasant sunshine there was a Chiffchaff by the Monument, another in the Farm Wood, 4 Stonechats between the Rough and Oldstairs and a female Peregrine constantly patrolling the clifftop.
Richard, Jack

Later Nigel had a Red Kite near Oxley Court probably the same one that has been around for  the last three days.

Richard had 2 Blackcaps, a male and a female, in Dusky Hollow in the afternoon.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

4th January 2020

With no birds on the cliffs we decided to go down to the Bay where, between 08:45 and 09:15, we had a count of 4342 Cormorants moving up channel. Other than that we had 125 Red-throated Divers and one Black-throated Diver going south, 2 Great Skuas north, many Auks feeding offshore and 2 Firecrests at the bottom of the cliffs.
Nigel, Jack  

Saturday, 23 November 2019

23rd November 2019

Phil walked around the area this morning and had a Stonechat, three Chiffchaffs and three Firecrests. There was also a Lapland Bunting  in the field by Hope Point. Offshore at Kingsdown Leas were at least 2800 Kittiwakes, 521 Mediterranean Gulls, 300 Common Gulls and two Little Gulls.
On his way back via the Farm Wood were five Bramblings.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

10th November 2019

The Great Grey Shrike still remains in the Freedown and we were entertained by the two Peregrines chasing the Ravens across the fields, apart from that there was very little else.
Earlier in the today we had a brief seawatch which produced a few Gannets, Wigeon and Scoters. Other than that the highlight was an enormous oilrig  moving down channel towed by two tugs.
John C, Nigel, Jack    

Oil Rig - Nigel Jarman

Saturday, 9 November 2019

9th November 2019

With five of us out today and the whole of the area being done we expected more but unfortunately it didn't happen. Overhead we only had 382 Woodpigeons, six Stock Doves, 32 Skylarks, three Swallows,  four Alba Wagtails, two Fieldfares, two Tree Sparrows, seven Bramblings, six Redpolls, six Siskins and four Reed Buntings.
In the area were singles of Stonechat, Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler and six Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, nine Firecrests, 10 Goldcrests, a Coal tit and 56 Long-tailed Tits.
Also the Great Grey Shrike was still in the Freedown.
John C, Nigel, Phil, Richard, Jack.  

Great Grey Shrike - Nigel Jarman

Thursday, 7 November 2019

7th November 2019

Apart from the Great Grey Shrike that was still present in the Freedown there were no other notable birds in the area. However a look on the sea for half an hour produced 30 Gannets feeding offshore, a couple of adult winter plumaged Razorbills and the first returning Fulmar prospecting around the cliffs.  

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

6th November 2019

On a crisp cold and sunny day the Great Grey Shrike performed well and was seen catching bees for most of the morning. Elsewhere around the area there were very few birds of note apart from singles of Swallow, Fieldfare and Chiffchaff plus 11 Goldcrests and 28 Mediterranean Gulls.