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Saturday, 14 March 2020

Splash Point & Newhaven Harbour 14/3/20

With a hint of east forecast in the predominantly southerly wind, I got down Splash Point nice and early to hopefully glimpse some spring migration. Thankfully, for once I got the predictions right and enjoyed a steady passage of wildfowl and divers. By 10am, the passage had slowed dramatically and I went hunting for grounded migrants.

Splash Point 06.30-10.15:

Shelduck - 24
Common Scoter - 65
Brent Geese - 755
Red-throated Diver - 38
Pintail - 10
Teal - 7
Gadwall - 3
Curlew - 2
Sandwich Tern - 8
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Shoveler - 19
Wigeon - 7
Gannet - 9
Mediterranean Gull - 7
Razorbill - 1

Despite a lengthy walk from Splash Point, up and over Seaford Head to the Lower Cuckmere, and back via Chyngton Farm, I failed to find any quality. A single Firecrest, 6 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff were the only obvious migrants.

A brief stop at the parents produced the regular female Blackcap on the feeders. The Great Northern Diver at Newhaven Harbour also showed brilliantly at high tide.

Great Northern Diver at
Newhaven Harbour