African Skimmer Cameroon Apr 2018

13 July, 2018

Not a lot on offer this morning at Climping Beach,  several Med Gull along the shoreline before the appearance of the dog walkers.

Gannet - 2e 1w
Mediterranean Gull - 17 ad 4 juv
Sandwich Tern - 19
Common Tern - 2
Cormorant - 5e 3w
Sand Martin - 4w
Swallow - 2
Swift - 45
Song Thrush - 11
Skylark - 6
Blackcap - 5
Whitethroat - 11
Reed Warbler - 3
Jay - 4
Buzzard - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Oystercatcher - 3
Little Egret - 3


09 July, 2018

A quick mid morning stroll along the beach at Climping produced 15 Med Gull, 2 Dunlin, 12 east Common Scoter, singles of Buzzard, and Sparrowhawk with 4 fledgings.

Dunlin 

Adult Med Gull

Juv Med Gull

08 July, 2018

River walk 6th July

Did the Arundel to LA route this afternoon to check on waders and gulls. It was rising tide so good to assess Common Sand numbers as they pushed up river, but not a lot south of Ford. Also hoped for a Yellow-legged Gull, but no sign yet. Too hot for many passerines.

Main counts from Ship & Anchor to LA (Arundel to LA in brackets):

Common Sand 3 (11)
Lapwing 5 (18)
Med Gull 1 (5)
GBB Gull 4 (5)
Common Gull 0 (4)
Black-headed 105 (275)
Herring Gull 147 (168)
Little Egret 12 (14)
At least 20 Stock Doves south of Ford and a Jay by L Marina the only other things of note, cheers, Martin


05 July, 2018

Good numbers of Swift moving west this morning, counted maybe 50 but probably more along the beach and over the golf course. Meadow Pipit and Linnet present in good numbers along west beach. On the golf course 2 Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, and several of both Reed Warbler and Whitethroat.

Along the beach 2 adult Med Gull, 1 Common Tern and 5 Sandwich Tern with several juv Black-headed Gull along the tideline. Singles of Grey Heron, Little Egret, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, and Grey Partridge.

Meadow Pipit

Reed Bunting

Linnet

25 June, 2018

A lovely sunny morning around the golf course with good evidence of breeding birds that included Mute Swan, Moorhen, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Magpie, and Linnet. Also on offer singles of Little Egret, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler and Grey Partridge.

Meadow Pipit West Beach

Skylark West Beach

Yellowhammer Marsh Farm

15 June, 2018

A quick mooch around the back of the golf course and returning along west beach produced the following.

Cetti's Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 6
Reed Warbler - 9
Blackcap - 7
Chiffchaff - 3
Reed Bunting - 1
Skylark - 6
Meadow Pipit - 8
Buzzard - 1
Swallow - 2
Grey Partridge - 3
Ringed Plover - 2
Whimbrel - 1w

13 June, 2018

The Black Guillemot seen again off Climping Beach this morning, ( RP) also reports of the following.

Grey Heron - 1
Ringed Plover - 2
Buzzard - 1
Swift - 10
Swallow - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Whitethroat - 6
Song Thrush - 2
Reed Warbler - 6
Meadow Pipit - 6

12 June, 2018

No sign of the Black Guillemot this morning  but 6 Common Scoter and 2 Shelduck east, small numbers of both Sandwich Tern and Gannet offshore, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 9 Oystercatcher west and 16 Swift moving east. Also singles of Ringed Plover and  Mistle Thrush and a Seal close inshore near Poole Place.

11 June, 2018

Surprisingly the Black Guillemot still present offshore at Climping Beach this morning, 150 yards from the cafe car park, drifting slowly west towards Poole Place and Elmer Rocks. Easily seen early this morning on a relatively flat calm sea.

Seen again west of Poole Place at 2pm, but distant (MD)