Trip reports

Field Trip to Splash Point, Seaford and Newhaven Tide Mills

Field Trip to Splash Point, Seaford and Newhaven Tide Mills
Maureen Heywood

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The group of 15 RSPB members included two new people. Despite disappointing weather of low cloud and drizzle in the morning, we enjoyed seeing the nesting kittiwakes, a raven on the cliffs and a perched common tern.

A brief spell of sunshine meant our picnic was in dry conditions at Newhaven Tide Mills, where everyone was keen to explore this new site for our field trips. Birds were singing well in the sunshine and we enjoyed views of whitethroat, a family of stonechats and several good sightings of linnets. A carrion crow taking chicks out of song birds nests was perhaps less enjoyable to watch!

Bird species seen:
Cormorant
Kestrel
Oystercatcher
Redshank
Black-headed gull
Herring gull
Kittiwake with chick **
Common tern
Sandwich tern
Rock dove
Woodpigeon
Collared dove
Swift
Skylark
Swallow
Meadow pipit
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Stonechat (male; female and juvenile) **
Blackbird
Song thrush
Common whitethroat
Great tit
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion crow (raiding other bird's nests)
Raven **
Starling
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Linnet

Plants identified:
Red valerian
Horned poppy
Sea kale
Thrift
Hedge Bedstraw

Butterflies and moths seen:
Meadow Brown
Green-veined White
Humming-bird Hawkmoth**

Total 34 bird species
Leaders: Carol Goulden and Terry Seabrook

Kittiwakes at Seaford