European Bee-eaters - Greece 2019

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Seaford Head, Cuckmere & Newhaven area 5/11/18

An enjoyable day in what can only be described as perfect conditions for finding a Siberian-stripy Warbler, but unfortunately for me it fell into the safe hands of LP over at Beachy. I resisted twitching the Pallas's Warbler as I was keen to find my own and whatever else might be lurking out there, however despite six hours of wandering around nothing good came my way.

After various step-dad duties and the school run, the day started well with two Firecrests (scarce this autumn) at Newhaven Football Ground, and Firecrests were the theme of the day, with ten encountered over various sites, with seven on Seaford Head, and another in the Cuckmere. Probably the highlight was a House Martin flushed from a sycamore at Foxhole Farm, and a smart second-winter Yellow-legged Gull in Newhaven Harbour. Hopefully these south-easterlies deliver something my way before the autumn is well and truly up.

Newhaven Area incl. Tide Mills
Firecrest - 2
Chiffchaff - 2
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 2w
argentatus Herring Gull - 1

Seaford Head
Firecrest - 7
Goldcrest - 20
Chiffchaff - 2
Black Redstart - 2

Cuckmere Haven
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 10
House Martin - 1
Eider - 1
Grey Plover - 1

Black Redstart on Seaford Head

House Martin at Foxhole Farm.
Sadly not its Asian counterpart.

second-winter Yellow-legged Gull
at Newhaven Harbour

argentatus Herring Gull at Newhaven Harbour