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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Cuckmere Haven & Seaford Head 11/4/18

Almost pleased to be going back to work as the five days have come to an end and all I have to show for it is finding 5 Black Redstarts. Not what I had in mind as I cast back to the memories of seeing Hoopoes, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchats, Serins etc during this time of April in Sussex. Looking at the weather today looked promising but there was very little about.

The Cuckmere held a first-summer male Black Redstart and 3 Wheatears, whilst Seaford Head was dull, not even the Black Redstarts were present. I chilled in the garden all afternoon reading through Namibian trip reports as a few Buzzards were moving north bound, but were presumably local birds. An afternoon walk along the cliffs from Peacehaven to Newhaven Fort produced just a single Wheatear.

1st summer male Black Redstart at
Cuckmere Haven