18 December, 2012
A fine sunny morning so I decided to go birding and stay local at Climping, whilst abandoning plans for Xmas shopping. I started at the Marina (R.Arun) for a change, where a Common Sandpiper was located with an escort of 14 Mallards, a flock of 100 Wigeon flew W high overhead, and 2 Peregrines were roosting in their regular spot on the gas tower. The Golf course area proved to be very quiet with just a single Snipe, a Chiffchaff and a noisy rabble flock of 15 Magpies. On to Atherington where a flock of 300 Brent Geese was commuting between the sea and the fields and a Kingfisher was on the small pools. Ten Med Gulls were just offshore, with small numbers of Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Oystercatcher along the shoreline, whilst nearby were a Stonechat and several Goldcrests.