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31 October, 2014

Combined totals for this morning in bright sunny conditions and a slight ESE breeze.
Ring Ouzel - 2 half way along road to Mill Cottage
Black Redstart -  Yacht club grounds
Grey Wagtail - 1 River
Cetti's Warbler - 1 Reedbed
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Stonechat - 8
Goldcrest - 7
Chiffchaff - 2
Skylark - 47
Reed Bunting - 5
Brent Geese 44w
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 1
Grey Partridge - 4
Kingfisher - 1
Wood Pigeon c2000 NW from 07:30-08:00

30 October, 2014

A beautiful day with a few irregular visitors in the patch this morning, nothing that scare but just enough to keep up the interest levels.

Yellowhammer - 1 bread lane
Coal Tit - 1 Atherington
Coal Tit
Cetti's Warbler - 1 Reedbed
Red-legged Partridge - 1
Kingfisher - 2
Stonechat - 8
Reed Bunting - 1
Skylark - c55
Goldcrest - 15
Chiffchaff - 3
Kestrel - 2
Jay - 2
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Brent Geese - 229 west






29 October, 2014

A very wet grey morning in the patch with the Cetti's Warbler still calling and showing in the reedbed, from the footpath at the back of the golf course, also 1 Redwing and a Kingfisher. The best count for a while of at least 24 Grey Partridge in the area, with supporting cast of 8 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Jay, 2 Sparrowhawk, 42 Skylark, 45 Goldfinch, 30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff  1 Blackcap 3 Med Gull and singles of both Little Egret and Curlew.

West Beach this morning



27 October, 2014

Lovely weather in the patch this morning, not very many birds around but two nice old foes not seen for a while, and  one regular visitor not seen for several years.
Purple Sandpiper - 1 
Cettis Warbler - 1
Little Egret - 2
Purple Sandpiper - (RP)
Grey Heron  - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Grey Plover - 9
Sanderling - 28
Oystercatcher - 22
Turnstone - 52
Green Woodpecker - 3
GSWP 1
Pied wagtail - 8
Meadow pipit - 20+
Skylark - 8
Stonechat - 6
Wheatear - 1
Goldcrest - 8
Chiffchaff - 4
Linnet - 80+
Reed Bunting - 3

25 October, 2014

The presence of Shooters this morning at the back of the golf course I quickly decided this was going to be a brief visit. A Short-eared Owl over the dunes being mobbed by corvids and then again flushed from behind the Mill cottage was a good early start, then 3 Brambling flying west overhead was another bonus.
Firecrest - 1
Great BB Gull Marina
Stonechat - 5
Linnet - 80
Goldfinch - 50
Siskin - 2
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 6
Reed Bunting - 6
Snipe - 1
Grey Heron - 3
Little Egret - 2
Grey Partridge - 8
Grey Plover - 10
Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 2
Swallow - 3w
Meadow Pipit - 17
Pied Wagtail  - 27
Grey Wagtail - 2
Skylark - 27
Song Thrush - 7
Brent Geese 5e 9w

A walk around Marsh Farm late morning  I discovered hundreds of Gull in the recently ploughed fields, which included at least 30 Mediterranean. A Raven flew north east over large number of corvids in and around the fields.
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard only
Bullfinch - 2
Feral Canada Geese
Redwing - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Skylark - 45
Linnet - 20
Chiffchaff - 7
Goldcrest - 6
Yellowhammer - 3
Reed Bunting - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Teal - 1
Canada Geese - c100




24 October, 2014

A strolll around Atherington, Climping area this morning didn't produce anything of note, but as a bonus the weather stayed dry. Cloudy grey morning with a good SW breeze.
Good numbers of Brent on the move
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 10
Siskin - 2
Stonechat - 4
Reed Bunting - 1
Linnet - 30
Meadow Pipit - 12
Pied Wagtail - 17
Skylark - 24
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Kestrel - 1
Jay - 2
Grey Partridge - 5
Little Egret - 2
Turnstone Climping Beach
Grey Heron - 1
Common Scoter - 1w
Gannet 1w 1e
Sanderling - 7w
Turnstone  - 50 on beach
Brent Geese - 407w
Gannet 1w 1e
Grey Plover - 14
Med Gull - 64



Records for the 23rd Oct
Brent Geese - 127w
Med Gull  - 2
Kestrel  - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret  - 5
Dunlin - 1
Turnstone - 24
Oystercatcher - 18
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Pied Wagtail - 16
Skylark - 2
Meadow Pipit - 60
Stonechat - 5
Chiffchaff  - 2
Goldcrest - 5
Reed Bunting - 2
Little Owl - 1 heard only

21 October, 2014

Sea watch from Climping cap park this morning in a NW wind produced 7w Gannet, 2w Grey Plover, 1w Razorbill, 4e Common Scoter, 26w Brent Geese, 12w Sanderling, 5e Med Gull, and 6 Ringed Plover on the beach. The highlight of the day was a Merlin flying west over Atherington pools. 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, and a couple of Goldcrest were the only other birds seen in blustery conditions.



Herring Gulls above

Black-headed Gull
Very quiet yesterday in the patch a cloudy start with bright intervals and a hint of a westerly breeze. Small numbers of Swallow over the dunes and several of both Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.

Chiffchaff - 9
Still plenty of Stonechat in the area
Kestrel
Goldcrest - 6
Siskin - 3
Wheatear - 1
Jay - 3
Reed Bunting - 6
Stonechat - 12
Skylark - 30
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Brent Goose - 1w
Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard - 1
Green Woodpecker - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Mediterranean Gull - 1

18 October, 2014

Received reports of a very exciting day in the patch this morning with the news of a STONE CURLEW, seen in flight three times in  fields north of the golf course, a very rare bird along the coast and the county in general. Also this morning a YELLOW-BROWNED WARBLER , seen in the horse paddock off bread lane and at least 2 Ring Ouzel.

16 October, 2014

A bright start to the morning and again no wind produced a new patch tick for myself in the form of a GREAT GREY SHRIKE, located at 10:20 in the field north of the golf course, access from the 3rd Metal gate from Ferry Road.  Not seen since 11:55 when flushed my a tractor the bird may still be in the area. Apologies for the poor record shots.

Great Grey Shrike
Ring Ouzel - 6
Kingfisher - 2
Goldcrest - 10
Chiffchaff - 15
Blackcap -
Pied Wagtail - 50
Meadow Pipit - 34
Reed Bunting - 5
Stonechat - 2
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhaw - 1
Kestrel - 1
House Martin - 10
Swallow - c60


One of 6 Ring Ouzel in the area today






15 October, 2014

A grey cloudy morning without a hint of any wind i hit the golf course, it did not produce the goodies that were hoped for but still good totals for this time of year.  Plenty of Swallow and small flocks of Goldfinch moving east, and a notable increase in Blackbirds and Robins.

Ring Ouzel - 1 by the 12th tee feeding on hawthorn at 11:00
Goldcrest - 16
Chiffchaff - 15
Blackcap - 6
Stonechat - 7
Reed Bunting - 5
Wheatear - 1
Mistle Thrush - 2
Pied Wagtail - 75 good numbers feeding on the golf course
Meadow Pipit - 45
Jay - 4
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Med Gull - 7
Lesser-black backed Gull - 1
Little Egret - 6
Grey Heron - 1
Curlew - 1e
Grey Partridge - 12
Brent Geese - 462w mostly from 12:40 - 14:00 when the wind went round south east before the rain


12 October, 2014

A walk up river to Ford from the Tesco roundabout this afternoon produced 2 RAVEN, high over Ford Prison drifting north west,  roosting on the river bank were a total of 8 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 10 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, and 1 Med Gull flew north.  In and around the adjacent fields 8 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 10 Grey Partridge, singles of both Buzzard and Sparrowhawk, 54 Mute Swan, 39 Mallard 3 Yellowhammer  5 Chiffchaff,  and good numbers of Meadow Pipit.

This morning at Climping Beach very quiet although flocks of Goldfinch moving east totalled c450  At least 8 Stonechat, along the beach, with16 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, in the bushes along with 6 Goldcrest. 45 Skylark, 45 Meadow Pipit, and good numbers of Linnet and Pied Wagtail in the fields. Offshore 6 Curlew, 1e 3w Brent Geese, 7 Med Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 3w Sandwich Tern, 2 Dunlin, 3 Jay, 3 Kestrel and 15 Grey Partridge.


10 October, 2014

Out mid morning due to other commitments, cloudy, sunny spells and heavy showers produced good numbers of Brent moving offshore but very little else.
Artic Skua - 1 dark phase west at 10:56
Brent Geese - 261w
Common Scoter - 4w
Oystercatcher - 40 on beach
Ringed Plover - 66 in field west of car park
Turnstone - 60
Sanderling - 12
Med Gull - 8
Little Egret - 5
Grey Heron - 1
Chiffchaff - 13
Linnet - c150
Reed Bunting - 1
Skylark - 12
Meadow Pipit - 35
Pied Wagtail - 19
Swallow - 130
House Martin - 17e
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Wheatear - 5 around the car park
Stonechat - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Grey Partridge - 4



06 October, 2014

Out before the heavy rain  arrived and hopeful of some goodies, they didn't materialise but good numbers moving west nevertheless.
Gannet - 90
Brent Geese - 90w 9e
Wigeon - 10
Shelduck - 9
Med Gull - 3
Kittiwake - 3
Sandwich Tern - 4
Common Scoter - 1
Ringed Plover -  7 on beach

05 October, 2014

Cold bright sunny morning without the hint of a breeze resulted in minimal passage offshore, the highlight of the morning being a WOODLARK calling flying west over the car park at Climping Beach.

Still plenty of Chiffchaff in the area
Sandwich Tern - 3
Med Gull - 1
Great-crested Grebe  - 2
Grey Partridge in field west of Bailiffscourt

Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Jay - 2
Reed Bunting - 2
Stonechat - 5
Wheatear - 1
Pied Wagtail - 120
Grey Wagtail - 1
Meadow Pipit - 38
Linnet - 30
Chiffchaff - 42
Blackcap - 7
Goldcrest - 10
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2



Yesterday Sat 4th Seawatch

Great Skua - 1w
Gannet - 57w 10e
Sandwich Tern - 2w 2e
Med Gull - 7w
Kittiwake - 1w
Brent Geese - 54w 5e
Wigeon 10w
Teal 6w
Dunlin 2w
Rock Pipit - 1

03 October, 2014

Quick walk this evening along the river produced 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher 20e Pied Wagtail and 10 Grey Partridge in the field.

A bright sunny still morning produced a HEN HARRIER picked up moving east from West Beach, seemed to arch back west and flew off  high south west out to sea.

Wheatear - 2
Goldcrest - 11
Stonechat - 5
Grey Wagtail - 2
Pied Wagtail - 42
Chiffchaff - 36
Blackcap - 18
Reed Bunting - 8
Linnet - 120
Meadow Pipit - 50
Skylark - 12
Jay - 2
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 3
Brent Geese - 43w 3e
Sandwich Tern - 9w 5e
Bart-tailed Godwit 6
Turnstone - 90
Wigeon - 8w
Teal - 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Gannet - 3
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1


01 October, 2014

Very quiet in the patch this morning, cloudy start with an early shower, wind then ceased and  produced a bright sunny morning with a westerly breeze. The highlight being a MERLIN that flew west over the golf course.
Grey Wagtail Atherington Lodge Roof

Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard  - 2
Kestrel - 1
Grey Partridge - 18
Wheatear - 4
Stonechat - 3
Pied Wagtail - 85
Grey Wagtail - 2
Linnet - 50
Meadow Pipit - 65
Jay - 3
Skylark - 10
Green Woodpecker Horse Field
Blackcap - 5
Chiffchaff - 26
Goldcrest - 8
Green Woodpecker - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Curlew - 1
Med Gull - 1