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Monday 20 October 2014

Newhaven & Seaford Head 20/10/14

A much better day today after yesterday's dismal totals, where after covering Seaford Head, Foxhole Farm and Crowlink the best I managed was a Whitethroat. 

As I stayed in Peacehaven last night I visited Newhaven Harbour first where a Dartford Warbler was found at west beach car park foraging in the scrub. Plenty of bird activity here with lots of Finches and Chats. 

Onwards to Seaford Head where totals consisted of:
Ring Ouzel - 4
Tree Pipit - 1 - hearing this bird approaching, I got a bit excited knowing how late it is (potential for Olive-backed) and fired off a few shots, which unfortunately revealed the bird to be just a fly over Tree Pipit. 
Woodlark - 4
Brambling - 5
Wheatear - 1
Blackcap - 1
Stock Dove - 85 

Plenty of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests about, and although the conditions felt good for a Pallas's or Yellow-browed, one didn't materialise. 

Tide Mills was next where a Whinchat was present and 100 Stock Doves flew west. 

 Dartford Warbler hiding at Newhaven Harbour
 Tree Pipit over Hope Gap
 Stock Doves west over Tide Mills
Whinchat at Tide Mills