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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Seaford Head & Cuckmere Haven 30/7/14

The northerly breeze was still evident this morning but numbers are certainly on the up. A good scattering of Willow Warblers kept me moderately entertained.

Afterwards, a trip down the Cuckmere obviously didn't produce any Pratincoles, but a Wood Sandpiper was a nice find. Also stumbled across 4 Small Red-eyed Damselflies which I never knew existed down here.

Seaford Head totals:
Nightingale - 1 'croaking' in Hope Gap
Wheatear - 2
Whitethroat - 35
Willow Warbler - 41
Blackcap - 3
Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 1
Swallow - 60
Sand Martin - 10

Cuckmere totals:
Wood Sandpiper - 1 - only my second ever in the Cuckmere
Greenshank - 1
Green Sandpiper - 1
Common Sandpiper - 3
Black-tailed Godwit - 1 with the Curlew flock

 Willow Warblers in Hope Gap

 Gropper in the 'Gropper' field - primaries looking very fresh so I suspect it to be a young bird.
  Wood Sandpiper in the Cuckmere
Small Red-eyed Damselfly in the Cuckmere - note how the tip of the abdomen curves upwards and the 7th segment is blue.

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