Lesser Florican - August 2023

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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Seaford Head 31/03/2021

A quick jaunt up Seaford Head this morning produced my first Willow Warbler of the spring, which gave itself away with its wonderful song. Three Wheatears in Hope Gap and five Chiffchaffs scattered about were also welcome.

Brief spells of seawatching before and after resulted in minor activity, though three Arctic Skuas did go through whilst I was on the headland.

Willow Warbler by Harry's Bush

Wheatear in Hope Gap

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Devon & Cornwall 30/03/2021

It had been a long wait to twitch this fine duo. Jake and Ian joined me for the day and equipped with a step-ladder for the Northern Mockingbird and current buns for the American Herring Gull, we surely couldn't go wrong. 

Both birds were easy and we completed a yank hattrick with a trio of Ring-necked Ducks on our way back. 

Northern Mockingbird in Exmouth

American Herring Gull at Newlyn Harbour

Sunday 28 March 2021

Splash Point & Seaford Head 26/03/2021

Mum has been in and out of hospital in the past week, and with news of her coming out, I decided to head back down to Sussex on Thursday evening to hopefully see her. Unfortunately, she went back in during the journey down. As I wasn't too far away, I carried on and stayed nearby, so the next morning I did an early morning seawatch before work. 

The seawatch was fairly decent for a south-westerly wind, but no doubt many birds had now been held up due to the ongoing poor conditions so it was bound to be OK. It was great to see my first skuas of the year, but when I left, Liam took over and the passage picked up, and by the end of the day, between us, we had accumulated a respectable tally.

Splash Point: 05:45 - 08:30, Wind SW 3

Red-throated Diver - 45
Sandwich Tern - 67
Common Gull - 89
Common Scoter - 122
Mediterranean Gull - 33
Brent Geese - 80
Gannet - 60
Shelduck - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Teal - 2
Arctic Skua - 3
Pintail - 2

After work, I quickly nipped up onto Seaford Head as large numbers of Wheatears were being seen elsewhere. I was delighted to find three superb males close to Harry's Bush. 

So, on Saturday morning I drove back to Hampshire along the coast, stopping off at Patching for the superb Yellow-browed Warbler, and then at Ivy Lake where I counted 60 Sand Martins

Wheatear on Seaford Head

Thursday 18 March 2021

Little Bunting & Lesser Spotted Woodpecker


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Little Bunting at Warnham LNR