Trip reports

Field trip - Seaford Head and Newhaven

Field trip - Seaford Head and Newhaven
Kittiwake sitting: photo by Pat Straughan

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Saturday trip was very enjoyable as it was a warm day though with a very stiff SW breeze. The highlights were the kittiwakes and excellent views of skylarks and linnets. There were a great many wildflowers on the cliff-tops.

Birds seen:
At Seaford Head: herring gull, crow, gannet (far out to sea), starling, kittiwake, cormorant, jackdaw, feral pigeon, fulmar, swift, linnet, woodpigeon, skylark, magpie, meadow pipit, wren (H) and greenfinch.

Additional birds at the Tide Mills, Newhaven: house sparrow, blackbird, dunnock (H), goldfinch, song thrush (H), black-headed gull, whitethroat, stonechat, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, pied wagtail, chaffinch (H), shelduck and buzzard (distant over the downs).

31 species altogether.

Lots of wild flowers on the cliff-top at Seaford and at Tide Mills, including wild thyme, centaury, birds' foot trefoil, thrift, mullein, yellow-horned poppy, valerian, vipers bugloss, stonecrop (2 species), vervain, wild potentilla, bladder campion, lady's bedstraw and rest-harrow and many more.