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From the Clifftop

A lengthy seawatch this morning-nice it's getting light earlier now-failed to produce much in the way of wildfowl passage [lots yesterday but I missed most of 'em], but was enlivened by the appearance of this male Sparrowhawk on our garden fence-only the fourth I've seen in RX land this year.

Also of note was a fine Great Northern Diver on the sea, which drifted slowly SW and was on show for some time-my 3rd Clifftop record of this Selsey speciality.


Fulmars from the Clifftop

March !  My least favourite month for birds, and it does seem as though many of the seabirds have gone. However, yesterday was enlivened by a notable passage of Fulmars, with 55 west by 0800. This is about as many as could be found on the cliffs from Cliff End to Hastings [I counted 56 in Jan. 2016], but they are unlikely to all fly past Fairlight, so I think this was a movement; a couple flew west past Dungeness when we were there later on.

Otherwise, over the last few days, just the odd Kittiwake and at least 1 Porpoise. Too much wind !


Beach Reserve

Fine selection of waders around the Beach Reserve this morning, 56 Ruff, 2 Jack Snipe, 73 Snipe, 12 Avocet, 36 Knot, 14 Grey Plover, 350 Dunlin, 45 Sanderling, 115 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 59 Ringed Plover, 63 Golden Plover and 220 Lapwing..... and of course Redshank, Turnstone and Oystercatcher. Also of note 36 Mediterranean Gulls and 19 Little Grebe.


Geese from the Clifftop

For several days , small numbers of Brent Geese have been moving east; today, despite another gale blowing, rather more came through: 230 in groups of up to 75 by 0900.

Seawatching has been challenging of late, what with the gales-which Fulmars seemed to enjoy, with 25 close in during "Doris", and quite a bit of fog. There are still a few auks, RT Divers and Grebes around, a Grey Seal appeared briefly a couple of days ago, and a Harbour Porpoise this morning.

No moths !


White-fronted Geese

It has been a great winter for wild geese in our area, with plenty of opportunities to see both Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese, Pinkfeet and Whitefronts, at various locations.

Yesterday I joined Naural England staff for a bird survey across Pett Level, our allocation was between the pools and the cross-path. As we were getting ready by the cars a large flock of Whitefronts dropped in and flew off again with Greylags, at least 40. We saw these distantly several times in the couse of the morning, but as we walked back we passed close to them, and  counted  48, an excellent count for the area. The picture shows the pink bills of Russian White-fronts; Greenland White-fronts have orange bills and have only been recorded twice In Sussex.

Other than that it was very quiet for birds, perhaps displaced by the previous day's storm ?, but a Water Pipit was a good find this winter, and 100 Med. Gulls provided more spectacle;  a Male Marsh Harrier displayed at great height.