Trip reports

Saturday Walk: Seaford Head

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 18 March 2017

19 members including three new ones came along on a windy misty morning on top of South Barn Hill, Seaford. We went down towards Hope Gap hoping to get out of the wind, where there was a corn bunting singing with the skylarks just past the dew pond, but it was not easy to hear them. In the valley towards Hope Gap linnets flew over with dunnock and robins singing and the violets were flowering in the clearings. We tried some sea watching but couldn't see very far. However we did see little egret, curlew (pictured), oystercatcher and fulmar on the beach, with rock pipit and a raven sitting on the cliff edge. We then walked to the coastguard cottages where the sun showed itself. Here we saw a big flock of great black backed gulls and wigeon on the field and a buzzard sitting on the tree showing nicely with the sun on it.

We then returned to the car park where it was still misty and windy.
In all 30 species of birds were seen.

Michael Light