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30 January, 2010

Started off at Marsh Farm this morning which held 50 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 7 Teal, and 8 Tufted Duck, also present were several of both Redwing and Fieldfare, as well  as Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer, also 1 Snipe and 1 Buzzard.

Onto Climping were 2 Firecrest seen at Baliffscourt, 3 Med Gull close offshore, several Red B Mergs, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Redwing and 5 Grey Partridge

26 January, 2010

River


Had a walk up the river to Ford this afternoon in a  bright but cold day. 3 Bullfinch, 2 male behind the prison, 1 Chiffchaff behind the sewage works, 12 Teal on the pool, also 22 Redshank 5 lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 15 Redwing 6 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting and 5 Grey Heron.

25 January, 2010


Had a quick look at the patch this morning looking very grey and quiet but did manage to see a few local birds. 1w 1e Mediterranean Gull, several Red B Mergansers offshore, 2e Shelduck, and 9 Brent Geese. 1 Stonechat on the beach, 1 Firecrest with the Long T Tit flock at Atherington, the Kingfisher still present by the pool, and 1 Sparrowhawk. Also Peregrine today roosting on the gas tower.

24 January, 2010

Marsh Farm

Nice to get around the flooded Farm in some nice weather at last, with a Cetti's Warbler heard from the bridge, 45 wigeon took flight from the flooded fields with several Teal. 13 Pochard on the big pool with one  Tufted Duck and 2 Gadwall. 4 Buzzard in the area,3 Grey Heron and plenty of Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer. Small flocks of  both Fieldfare and Redwing roaming the bushes.

21 January, 2010

1 Black Brant with 700+ Brent Geese close inshore then flew into the fields, also 1 Woodcock  and 1 Grey Heron at Baliffscourt, and a Stonechat at the beach.

14 January, 2010

This morning at Climping in a dull grey damp day offshore, 6 Diver Sp 5e 1w,  2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great C Grebe, and several Red b Mergs. In the fields 12 Brent Geese, 14 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 25 Grey Plover, 1 Peregrine, 5 Feildfare, and still hundreds of Skylark around. 1 Kingfisher at Ath Pools and several Sanderling on the beach.

11 January, 2010

With the snow slowly thawing and not quite as cold as the last couple of days, i ventured  out onto the golf course. At least 5 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe and 12 Common Snipe, were flushed.  Also  1 Grey Heron and  still hundreds of Skylarks in the surrounding fields, and still good numbers of Fieldfare moving west and smaller numbers of Redwing. 18 Brent Geese in the field near bread lane and  1 Stonechat on the beach. Offshore 1e Red T Diver, 220 Wigeon off Climping beach, and several Red B Mergansers Feeding on the outgoing tide there were several Sanderling and 1 Reshank.

09 January, 2010

Still at least 2000 Sylark in the area today but could onle see 2 Woodlark. 3 Woodcock with one in off the sea. Still plenty of  flocks of mainly Fieldfare moving and smaller number of Redwing. A flock of 30 Linnet flew east along Climping Beach, and offshore a a flock  220 Wigeon were close inshore. Another flock of about 80 Wigeon flew west. Also 1e Gannet and 1w Red Throated Diver, 45 Brent Geese 2e shelduck and several small groups of Red B Mergansers on the sea. 12 Bewick Swans in the field north of the golf course, 6 adult, 2 showing yellow tags around their neck. Supporting cast being 1 Golden Plover, 15 Grey Plover,  6 Curlew, 20 Sanderling, 1 Buzzard and Grey Partridge heard from Ballifscourt, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, and 5 Snipe.

07 January, 2010

Started out at Atherington at 0930 checking the flocks of Sylark that were in  the fields and must have had a least more than 1000 in the patch. Continued to see and hear 20 Woodlark, great views obtained but seen in some strange locations, seeing them on the beach in snow did not look right. Scanning the feilds from bread lane picked up 10 Bewick Swan 4 adult 6 Juvenile at the bottom of long wood.. Continued strolling around and got a call from Owen about a Great White Egret, flying east picked it up at climping car park. The best of the rest being 200+ Lapwing, 270 Feildfare, 75 Redwing, 30 Linnet, 30 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting,  5 Snipe 2 Jack Snipe, 15w 4e Brent Geese, 2 Golden Plover, 30 Grey Plover, Sanderling and several Red Breasted Mergansers offshore.

06 January, 2010

Knowing the Golf club would be shut I  ventured out into the snow. With blizzard like conditions blowing snow into my bino's did well to see the following. 3 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit, on West Beach,  a total of 75 Redwing, 46 Fieldfare, moving west and some lingering on the golf course,  along with  7 flushed  Snipe, and 6 Golden Plover heading south east, and  a Water Rail calling from the reedbed. Also good numbers of Meadow Pipit feeding and many small flocks of flyover Skylarks.

02 January, 2010

13 Red B Mergansers offshore this morning but other than that the sea was dead. 1 Redshank on the beach with several Turnstones, 2 Jack Snipe out of the setaside this morning along with a Common Snipe. 1 Mediteranean Gull, flying over bread lane and 3 Grey Plover in the field.  The best of the rest being 1 Great S Wood, 15 Meadow Pipit,  1 Treecreeper and a Firecrest.

Happy New Year - 1st Jan 2010

1 Jack Snipe in the setaside this morning also 3 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 50 Grey Plover and 12 Sanderling in the area.

Climping Gap - 30/12/09

3 Diver sp offshore this morning in a very grey day, also 1 Med Gull close inshore on the sea, 1 Great C Grebe, 1w Gannet, 5e 12w Red B Mergs, on land 1 Kingfisher at Atherington pools, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Stonechat.