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30 April, 2015

Disappointing at Climping this morning, very little moving offshore apart from c50 Gannet following a pair of trawlers, 1 Red-throated Diver flew west and landed on the sea, 8w Sandwich Tern, 3w Whimbrel, 3w Dunlin and 7 Great-crested Grebe.


Red Kite
Great-crested Grebe

Late morning visit to Marsh Farm produced:
Red Kite - 1
Buzzard - 3
Mandarin Duck - 1
Tufted Duck - 5
Pochard - 5
Shelduck - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Reed Warbler - 9
Sedge Warbler - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Reed Bunting - 4
Yellowhammer - 2
Blackcap - 7
Whitethroat - 5
Chiffchaff - 3
Sand Martin - 2
Swallow - 10

Records for the Sat 25th 
Great Skua - 1e
Gannet - 15w 6e
Sandwich Tern - 6w 2e
Whimbrel 3w 2e
Fulmar - 1e 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 4 os
Sanderling - 5
Dunlin - 9
Common Sandpiper - 1
Swallow - 22n
Sand Martin - 4n

24 April, 2015

An hour seawatch from the car park did not produce the intended numbers but a close inshore Great Skua west @15:37 was some consolation.

A bit of variety this morning although the fog made viewing difficult early morning.
Redstart - 2 females golf course & Kents
Yellow Wagtail - 3n 
Reed Warbler - 6
Sedge Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 23
Willow Warbler - 10
Chiffchaff - 8
Whitethroat - 9
Reed Bunting - 4
Song Thrush - 5
Swift - 2ne
Swallow - 18
Sand Martin - 2
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey Partridge - 2
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 6 os
Buzzard - 2
Brent Geese - 16 on beach 14e
Whimbrel - 4w
Diver spa - 1e
Mediterranean Gull - 4e
Sandwich Tern 3e 2w

23 April, 2015

Nothing new to report over the last few days apart from my first Swift of the year over the golf course on wed 22nd a Peregrine hunting at the back of the golf course, and a couple of Yellow Wagtails over head. Today 14 Common Tern flew east,  a Bar-tailed Godwit with a few Whimbrel  offshore this evening.
Sandwich Tern & Great-crested Grebe off Climping Beach

Meadow Pipit Golf Course

Mandarin & Blackcap  Marsh Farm


20 April, 2015

A fine day starting with a chilly north east breeze, things warming up mid morning and the breeze swinging around to ESE. The highlight of the morning was a Hoopoe seen in flight at the back of the Mill Cottage at 10:23, the bird was watched heading north east over the rife that runs upto the old railway carriages and lost to view. The subsequent search failed to relocate the bird.
Whimbrel on the golf course early morning

Hoopoe - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 2n
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 21
Willow Warbler - 7
Chiffchaff - 10
Whitethroat - 6
Reed Bunting - 4
Jay - 2
Linnet - c100
Several  Whitethroat back of golf course
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 5
Swallow - 19
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Whimbrel - 5
Grey Partridge - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Gannet - 2w 3e
Common Scooter - 2e
Sandwich Tern - 17e 4w
Mediterranean Gull - 15e  3w
Great-crested Grebe - 2os 2e
Sanderling - 3e


16 April, 2015

With the breeze swinging around to a north east, movement offshore appeared to slow, small numbers of hirundine moving east and groups of Liinets and Meadow Pipits tricking in. 
Redstart - 1 
Blackcap
Reed Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 4
Wheatear - 10
Blackcap - 23
Chiffchaff - 10
Willow Warbler - 4
Reed Bunting - 2
Sand Martin - 1e
House Martin - 1e
Swallow - 29
Mistle Thrush - 1
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Redstart Kents Farm Track
Kestrel - 1
Grey Partridge - 2
Jay - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Whmbrel - 1
Fulmar - 2w
Sandwich Tern - 27e 6w
Mediterranean Gull - 2e
Gannet - 11e 3w
Great-crested Grebe - 4os
Linnet

Wheatear Climping Beach

15 April, 2015

Not out until mid morning due to other commitments, another fine bright day with good numbers of both Chiffchaff and Blackcap in full song. 
Redstart - 1
Male Redstart old railway carriages
Reed Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 2-3
Willow Warbler - 5
Whitethroat - 2
Reed Bunting - 4
Jay - 4-5
Skylark - 12
Wheatear - 1
Buzzard - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Swallow - 9e
Grey Heron - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Med Gull - 5 os
Sandwich Tern - 3w


14 April, 2015

Apparently very quiet this morning with the sea mist only clearing at the end of the visit.
Curlew - 1
Kestrel - 1
Sandwich Tern - 1
Grey Partridge - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3
Swallow - 3
Song Thrush - 3
Skylark - 6
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 6
Willow Warbler - 8
Blackcap - 22
Whitethroat - 2
Sedge Warbler -1
Reed Bunting - 3

13 April, 2015

Records received suggest a good start to the morning with most of the activity occurring from the footpath behind the back of the golf course, just a pity the sea mist rolled in rapidly even before reaching the beach.
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Peregrine - 1
Jay - 1
Swallow - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Skylark - 6
Redstart - 1
Wheatear - 4
Chiffchaff - 20
Willow Warbler - 16
Whitethroat - 1
Blackcap - 20
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 1

12 April, 2015

A fine sunny morning with the wind swinging from the south west to a southerly.
Manx Shearwater - 1e 07:50
Brent Geese - 29e
Gannet - 18e 7w
Sandwich Tern - 4w 8e
Kittiwake - 4w
Fulmar - 3w 1e
Eider - 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 3 os
Mediterranean Gull - 4e
Auk sp - 1e
Little Egret - 2
Blackcap - 3
Chiffchaff - 5
Willow Warbler - 1
Wheatear - 5
Buzzard - 1
Jay - 1
Swallow - 3n
Linnet - c40

11 April, 2015

Disappointing sea watch this morning with a brisk westerly early, then swinging around north west after the rain bringing an end to proceedings.
Fulmar - 7w 3e
Commic Tern - 3e
Sandwich Tern - 4e
Gannet - 7w 16e
Mediterranean Gull - 6e
Shelduck - 2e
Brent Geese - 60e 10w
Great-crested Grebe - 9
Red-breasted Merganser - 12
Meadow Pipit - 13n
Swallow - 1n

09 April, 2015

Another cold start to the day but a bright sunny morning enthused around the golf course.
Redstart - 1
Willow Warbler - 12
Chiffchaff - 22
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard 
Wheatear - 16
Blackcap - 6
Swallow - 11e
Reed Bunting - 4
Skylark - 10
Meadow Pipit - 9
Linnet - 30
Tawny Owl - 1 heard only
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Great spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Med Gull - 4


08 April, 2015

Lovely bright sunny morning on the coast with the highlight being a Whimbrel flying west at Climping.  At least 20 Sandwich Tern feeding offshore also 5 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Great-crested Grebe, a single Gannet west and a couple of Red-breasted Meraganser. 11 Swallow moving east, 2 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff and 2 flocks of Linnet totalling 45.

07 April, 2015

A brief visit to the patch this morning produced:
Sandwich Tern - 5e 3w
Red-breasted Merganser - 13
Great-crested Grebe - 5
Swallow - 3n
Grey Heron - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 3
Wheatear - 1
Ringed Plover - 2
Sanderling - 8w
Meadow Pipit - 5n

06 April, 2015

A drake Garganey flew east just offshore at Climping this morning, also 8 Wheatear between Climping and Elmer and a Firecrest at Poole Place Atherington.