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31 October, 2011

Appeared very quiet in the patch this morning with only singles of the following, Firecrest, Chiffchaff and Blackcap in longwood, Wheatear west beach, and Kingfisher bread lane. 2 Peregrine performing over the campsite made pleasant viewing, and finally 2 Stonechat on the eastern end of the  golf course.



29 October, 2011

Good variety in the patch today, with combined totals from several observers being 1 Merlin Baliffscourt, 1 Short-eared Owl flushed from the sand dunes at west beach. 1 Woodcock flushed from behind the mill and flew across the golf course. Good number of Song Thrush and Blackbirds in the area. 1 Fieldfare, 2 flyover Crossbill calling, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest,  4 Stonechat,1 Wheatear, and still good number of finches moving with at least 50 Redpoll. Also 5 Curlew and 5 Grey Partridge.

28 October, 2011

Sadly there was no sign of the Pallas's Warbler this morning, but there were plenty of compensations as it turned into a cracking day's birding at the Gap. Two Firecrests were in Long wood, and at least 2 Short-eared Owls performed well, eventually showing at close range along the beach. Six Crossbills were seen and heard as they flew east, and visible migration was the best of the autumn so far, with 3600+ Goldfinches passing through, flock after flock streaming east, together with 3-figure counts of Siskin, Redpoll, Pied/alba Wagtail, Linnet and Skylark. Other migrants included 10 Swallows, 2 Wheatears, 12 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings and several Blackcaps, and finally a Ring Ouzel at the back of Bailiffscourt

27 October, 2011

Congrats go to Richard Pulley for phoning me about a PALLAS'S WARBLER he found in the west end of Long Wood at 1610 this afternoon. Heard calling and associating with one of the three Firecrest in the wood Showed well but briefly a couple of times but not seen since 16:40. Also today a couple of both Chiffchaff and Blackcap, a total of 7-8 Firecrest in the Gap and about 8 Goldcrest.
One of several Firecrest in Long Wood this afternoon

26 October, 2011


Out after the rain and was rewarded with at least 4 Firecrest in the patch this morning, with one at first wood and 3 behind the Mill Cottages. Good numbers Goldcrest with at least 10 in the area, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 female Blackcap, and 2 Peregrine sitting in the field north of the the Mill.

25 October, 2011

Late afternoon walk through first wood produced 1-2 Firecrest, my first of the autumn, singles of the following, Treecreeper, Blackcap, Little Egret and Sparrowhawk.

21 October, 2011

Good numbers of finches moving this morning mainly Siskin and Goldfinch, several Redpoll and 2 Brambling, although little else of interest. 1 female Bullfinch in the Atherington car park,  Merlin seen flying south from Climping beach.  Yesterday a Coal Tit was seen in the Atherington area.

19 October, 2011

It certainly felt like winter at Climping first this morning, but as the sunshine warmed thingsa a little it was apparent that just a few migrants were still around. A Male Brambling in a hedgerow showed nicely but briefly, 6 Swallows passed through as did a dozen Redpolls, 75 Siskins, and 130 Goldfinch, but otherwise only 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Reed Buntings and a single Wheatear were noted. A Little Owl being mobbed by Blackbirds was also located and 29 Brent Geese passed west offshore.

17 October, 2011

Saturday 15th Oct
Good numbers of finches moving east this morning, with better numbers than the previous days, with 75 Redpoll, 85 Pied/alba Wagtail, 300 Siskin, 2050 Goldfinch, 30 Skylark, 40 Linnet, 60 Meadow Pipit, 14 Swallow, 10 Blckcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 5 Common Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 21w Wigeon and 1w Med Gull

14 October, 2011

At Climping Gap today a late WRYNECK  found on the vegetated shingle in fron of the dunes at West Beach at 1030. The morning being again dominated by easterly finch movement produced  1120 Goldfinch, 180 Siskin, 80 Redpoll, 60 Linnets, and  61 Pied/alba Wagtail. Back up birds included a Woodlark, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 3 Blackcap. Offshore small numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon moving west.

13 October, 2011

With the wind dropping and a hint of sun, anticipation of something promising at Climping beach this morning alas no, but  good numbers of Brent Geese today with a total of 447w, also 49w Wigeon, 4e Sandwich Tern, 4w Mediterranean Gull with two on the sea, 2w Red-breasted Mergansers, and 2 Shags. Good numbers of finches moving east in the still wind, with 320 Goldfinch, 150 Linnet, 18 Redpoll and at least1-2 Brambling heard over head, and  Goldcrest and Chiffchaffs more notable today.

12 October, 2011

Tuesday 11th Oct
With wind conditions looking promising results today were very disapointing, with 1e Artic Skua, 1e Red Throated Diver, 21w Brent Geese, 1w Commic Tern, 2w Common Scoter, and several distant Gannets, made too feel worse later about the report of the Sabine's Gull seen at selsey and worthing.

10 October, 2011

Combined totals for this morning seawatch from Climping beach are as follows 4w 1e Great Skua, 60w 26e Gannet, 75w Brent Geese, 4 Great C Grebe, 20w Common Scoter, 2w Red-breasted Merganser, 2w 2e Mediterranean Gull, 3w Wigeon ,and 2 Curlew. Also 2 Crossbill flew west, 1 Rock Pipit,  with Siskin and Redpoll again present.

09 October, 2011

Unable to get out until late afternoon, I paid a visit to Marsh Farm.  At about 1620 walking down to the train lines, my attention was drawn to a single bird flying east, I immediately identified a GLOSSY IBIS flying towards ford railway station. The bird turned on it self and then was lost to view at this point.  Also on the main pool 60 Mute Swan, 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 50 Lapwing, around the bushes 1-2 Bullfinch, several Chiffchaff, and Yellowhammer, 2 Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard.

Good to get first firecrest of autumn on the patch, also kingfisher on golf course along with just one wheatear. Chiffchaffs still in good numbers with 40 recorded. Small groups of swallows, martins and a few sand martins noted. No big finch movements but roaming groups of linnet got near 100 mark. Five blackcaps and similar number of goldcrests and grey partridges were also seen. Skylark and meadow pipit numbers increasing. Further signs of the seasons changing were 20 brent geese flying west. Usual two peregrines ended a grey but mild morning.



Friday 7th  Sept

Climping Gap: Siskin – 35 W , Chiffchaff – 20, Swallow – 40 W, House Martin – 3 W, Wheatear – 13,  Pied/alba Wagtail – 17 W, Yellow Wagtail – 1 W, Skylark – 11 W, Blackcap – 8, Goldfinch – 120 W, Chaffinch – 15 W, Linnet – 100 W, Goldcrest – 2, Stonechat – 4, Gannet – 2 W, Med Gull – 1 W, Brent Goose – 1 W, Grey Partridge – 14


Also lots of Blackbirds - 15 in one hedge in Bailiffscourt but not even a sniff of an ouzel

05 October, 2011

Very quiet in the patch at Climping Gap today. In two hours the sea produced nothing more than a single Eider E, a Golden Plover W along the shoreline, 32 Gannets, a few each of Med Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Common Scoter and auk sp, and 60 Swallows out SW and 2 Sand Martins. The bushes were useless except for about 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps and singles of Wheatear and Stonechat

01 October, 2011

 The Indian summer continues, with plenty of finch flocks on the move early on, but otherwise little to cause any excitement:- Siskin – 325 E, Redpoll – 10 E, Pied Wagtail – 85 E, Goldfinch – 490 E, Meadow Pipit – 120 E, Linnet – 25 E, Skylark – 15 E, Chiffchaff – 30, Blackcap – 15, Stonechat – 2, Wheatear – 2, Goldcrest - 4, Yellow Wagtail - 1, Med Gull – 1 W, also 2 Peregrines, a Tawny Owl and a Hobby.