Rock Thrush Morocco April 2016

28 September, 2015

Finches on the move early this morning along with good but diminishing numbers of hirundine. Highlights below;
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel up to 3
Water Rail - 1
Grey Heron - 4
Little Egret - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecher - 2
Kingfisher up to 3
Grey Partridge - 6
Skylark - 12
Meadow Pipit - 40
Stonechat - 4
Chiffchaff - 10
Blackcap - 10
Whitethroat - 3
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Siskin - 120+
Goldfinch - 100+
Linnet - 30
Pied Wagtail - 80
Yellow Wagtail - 3
Goldcrest - 3


27 September, 2015

Seemed to have been  a mass clearout over the past two days, although conditions still felt promising. Mixed flocks of finches on the move east and Redpoll seen feeding back of the golf course in good numbers.  Combined totals for the morning include 2 Raven calling flying west over Bailiffscourt.
Raven - 2w
Siskin - c175
Kestrel horse paddock
Redpoll - 27
Brambling - 1
Tree Pipit - 1
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 7
Pied Wagtail - 27
Grey Wagtail - 3
Sedge Warbler - 1
Stonbechat - 1
Chiffchaff - 24
Whitethroat - 3
Blackcap - 11
Meadow Pipit - 40
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 1
Jay - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Dunlin - 2
Sandwich Tern - 5e
Gannet - 11w
Great-crested Grebe - 2 
Mediterranean Gull - 9



26 September, 2015

With a sunny bright day but chilly start to the morning, there was not a great variety on offer. Consolation was provided with a Short-eared Owl along with 26 Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap and singles of Whinchat, Stonechat and Kingfisher.

25 September, 2015

An afternoon visit to the patch produced good numbers of Hirundine around Atherington and Bailiffscourt.

Hobby - 1 high north of paddock
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 2
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 3
Meadow Pipit - 35
Chiffchaff - 11
Blackcap - 7
Goldcrest - 5
Siskin - 20
Treecreeper - 1
Jay - 3
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Med Gull - 3
House Martin - c400
Swallow - c150


Combined totals for this morning ( excluding Bailiffscourt) were as follows;
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 1
Sparrowhawk - 3
Grey Geron - 2
Little Egret - 4
Med Gull - 4
Common Tern - 1
Sandwich Tern - 3
Kingfisher - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker -2
Mistle Thrush - 1
Robin - 20
Stonechat - 9
Wheatear - 5
Meadow Pipit - c200
Chiffchaff - 45
Blackcap - 15
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 3
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Goldcrest - 8
Cetti's Warbler -1
Siskin - 125
Reed Bunting - 7
Swallows still moving through in good numbers also some (20+) house Martins

24 September, 2015

A bit disappointing this morning…. I waited until the rain stopped and did from 0915 to 1200 at Atherington and the old campsite. Bailiffscourt was a complete waste of time with the gardeners mowing/strimming/leaf blowing.

I spent some time doing the trees for an early YBW but no luck!
All I managed were 25 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffs, 3-4 Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail (bailiffs), a Tree Pipit (horse paddock), 30 Meadow pipits, only 1 Whitethroat and not a single Wheatear! There was a steady stream of Swallows and a few House martins moving east, but not big numbers, plus 20+ Siskin E. Also a Little Egret in the campsite compound.

23 September, 2015

Highlight of the morning was the first Firecrest of the Autumn at the Mill. Other birds included;
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 2
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 3
Kingfisher -1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 3
Green Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 1
Meadow Pipit - 120
Yellow Wagtail - 6
Pied Wagtail - 15
Grey Wagtail - 1
Spotted Fly - 2
Stonechat - 11
Skylark - 2
Song Thrush - 1
Robin - 25
Goldcrest - 5
Firecrest - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 15
Wheatear - 9
Whitethroat - 1
Chiffchaff - 35
Siskin - 25

Reed Bunting - 7
Common Sandpiper - 2

22 September, 2015

Out after the rain stopped at about 08:10 very good numbers of House Martin on the move west.
Brambling - 1w over Atherington
Redpoll - 2w
Siskin - 23w 12e
Spot Fly camp site
Whinchat - 2
Stonechat - 5
Redstart - 2
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Chiffchaff - 17
Wheatear - 3
Blackcap - 38
Whitethroat - 6
Sedge Warbler - 2
Goldcrest - 10
Meadow Pipit - 45
Yellow Wagtail - 3
Buzzard - 2
Wheatear climping car park
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Grey Partridge - 2
Gannet - 11w 4e
Commic Tern - 11w 3e
Sandwich Tern - 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 1




Monday 21st Sept
Forty minutes sea watch from Climping car park at 17:15 this evening produced 1e Artic Skua, 1w Shag, 7w Commic Tern, several Gannets feeding offshore and 2 Wheatear.

21 September, 2015

Combined totals for today before the rain hit produced,
Ruff - 1 golf course with 15 Oystercatcher
Grasshopper Warbler camp site rife
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 
Blackcap - 25
Chiffchaff - 18
Whitethroat - 2
Stonechat - 10
Whinchat - 2
Meadow Pipit - 35
Yellow Wagtail - 3
Wheatear - 12
Goldcrest - 24
Siskin - 12
Reed Bunting - 3
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Grey Heron
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Med Gull - 11
Commic Tern - 5
Kingfisher - 2
Grey Heron - 6
Little Egret - 9
Sanderling - 2


Wheatear






The Whinchat, Redstart and Deer taken on the golf course on thursday 17th Sept.



20 September, 2015

Birds thinning out over the last few days but still good numbers of hirundines. Other seen included;

Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 2
Grey Heron - 4
Little Egret - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Sandwich tern - 2
Med gull - 4
Common Sandpiper -1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 3
Green Woodpecker - 3
Jay - 2
Skylark - 4
Swift - 1
Meadow Pipit - 20
Yellow Wagtail - 3
Wheatear - 4
Whinchat - 2
Stonechat-  6
Chiffchaff - 24
Willow Warbler - 4
Blackcap - 30
Whitethroat - 10
Reed Warbler - 1
Goldcrest - 5

Siskin - 40

19 September, 2015

 Records for Friday 18th from the back of the golf course from a single observer with limited time produced again lots of Swallow with small number of Martins again moving through.

Grey Heron - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker -1
Green Woodpecker -1
Jay -1
Yellow Wagtail - 8
Grey Wagtail -3
Redstart -4
Spotted Fly - 4
Chiffchaff - 40
Blackcap - 80
Garden Warbler -1
Whitethroat -12
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Grasshopper Warbler -1
Goldcrest - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Siskin - 75

17 September, 2015

Good number and variety of birds around the golf course this morning with again a steady stream of hirundine moving east.
Redstart - 6
Whinchat - 5
Spotted Flycatcher - 3
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Whitethroat - 26
Garden Warbler - 3
Tree Pipit - 1
Redpoll - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 4
Willow Warbler - 5
Chiffchaff - 25
Blackcap - c60
Siskin - 57
Wheatear - 21
Stonechat - 3
Reed Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 2
Goldcrest - 3
Reed Bunting - 2
Meadow Pipit - 47
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Little Egret - 5
Grey Heron - 2
Jay - 2
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1



16 September, 2015

With a continuous stream of Swallow moving east over the beach, there was a good variety around Climping this morning, unfortunately no rarity to add to the days totals.  

Black-tailed Godwit - 3w
Greenshank - 1w
Snipe - 1
Dunlin - 4
Ringed Plover - 6
Curlew - 6
Stonechat Atherington
Little Egret - 5
Grey Heron - 1
Mediterranean Gull - c80
Gannet - 18e 2w
Sandwich Tern - 11e
Great-crested Grebe - 1w
Siskin - c300 east
Meadow Pipit - c50
Grey Wagtail - 7e
Yellow Wagtail - 11
Wheatear - 3
Blackcap - 22
Whitethroat - 8
Stonechat - 2
Whinchat - 5-6
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Goldcrest - 2
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Swift - 1
Sand Martin - 5

13 September, 2015

Combined totals for sunday 13th include,
Redstart - 1
Lapwing - 152
Med Gull - 80
Sandwich Tern - 11
Gannet - 5
Grey Wagtail - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 11
Blackcap - 40
Chiffchaff - 13
Wheatear - 6
Goldcrest - 3
Meadow Pipit - 25
Siskin - 75
Meadow Pipit - 27
Linnet - 40


Below is the information received back from the Belguim and Dutch Mediterranean ringing programme of a  individual seen at Climping Beach on the 30th August 2015

Colour      Code of ring   Leg          Ringing scheme  Metal ring           Age of bird       Ringing date   Ringing location  Ringer
  White     E697                              Arnhem       3616782         >3CY              20/06/2015  Berendrecht, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,19E  Goris, Guido

A couple of hours spent sea watching at Atherington saturday morning from 07:30 produced,
Shag - 1e
Kingfisher - 1e
Gannet - 19w 61e
Sandwich Tern - 17w 5e
Common Scoter - 4e
Mediterrainean Gull - 65 os
Wigeon - 3w
Sanderling 17w
Grey Wagtail - 1e

11 September, 2015

With bright sunshine and a good south east breeze, things felt hopeful when I ventured out onto the golf course but things soon started to take a mundane feel by mid morning, with small numbers of hirundine continually moving through.


Buzzard over camp site
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 4
Siskin - 60
Blackcap - 22
Whitethroat - 11
Willow Warbler - 4
Chiffchaff - 6
Reed Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Redstart - 1
Whinchat - 5
Little Egret Bailiffscourt
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 3
Kingfisher - 2
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Med Gull - 5

Garden Warbler camp site


Whinchat 


10 September, 2015

Numerous Swallows, House and  Martin'sin the patch this morning but fewer than on previous occasions.
Grey Heron - 1
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Peregrine - 1
Little Egret - 3
Kingfisher - 1
Med Gull - 1
Sandwich Tern - 3
Willow/Chiff - 12
Blackcap - 20
Whitethroat - 18
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Spotted Fly - 2
Whinchat - 2
Stonechat -1
Wheatear - 5
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Siskin - 70+

09 September, 2015

 Poole Place, then to Atherington/Bailiffscourt and a bit beyond, checking out the ditches/hedges etc. It was disappointing really as there seemed to be very few migrants about….Whitethroats were minimal and the only birds of note were Siskins on the move and some Med Gulls just offshore.
details…
Siskin - 205E (some even settled in bushes before moving on)
Med Gull - 45 offshore with Bh Gulls
Grey wag - 1E
Yellow wag - 1E
Chiffs - 10
blackcap - 12+

Spot Fly - 1

08 September, 2015

Not a lot happening in the patch this morning despite some good coverage 3 Spot Fly at the horse field at Atherington being the highlight, as well 3 Wheatear and 5 Yellow Wagatil over. Counts of 62 and 53 Med Gull being the other only birds of note.

Spotted Fly Atherington
Wheatear 


1 of 3 Clouded Yellow at West Beach

07 September, 2015

An evening stroll around Atherington for an hour produced a Hobby flying at speed over Bailiffscourt through hundreds of hirundine,  6 Grey Partridge in fields back of paddock with 2 Spotted Fly and 4 Goldcrest around the hotel grounds. 

With a chilly north east breeze this morning reminding everybody we are now in autumn there was still a good passage of hirundine on the move, the majority being Swallow, with up to 75 House Martin and 35 Sand Martin moving through east.
Redstart - 3
Spotted Flycatcher - 6
Whinchat - 6
Stonechat - 7
Tree Pipit - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 15
Grey Wagtail - 11
Wheatear - 7
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 22
Chiffchaff - 13
Reed Warbler - 4
Sedge Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 25
Goldcrest - 2
Meadow Pipit - 10
Buzzard - 4
Sparrowhawk - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Stock Dove - 2
Kestrel - 3
Grey Heron - 3
Little Egret - 4
Med Gull - 5
Sandwich Tern - 7

03 September, 2015

Still a steady passage of hirundine around, but not of the numbers of the last couple of days.

Spotted Flycatcher - 3
Whinchat - 2
Garden Warbler - 3
Willow Warbler - 17
Blackcap - 27
Chiffchaff - 3
Reed Warbler - 4
Grey Wagtail - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 7
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitehroat - 27
Wheatear - 7
Stonechat - 1
Goldcrest - 2
Siskin - 18
Linnet - 50
Reed Bunting - 2
Mute swan - 39
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Ringed Plover - 5
Med Gull - 11
Common Gull - 10
Great-crested Grebe - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Buzzard - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1

02 September, 2015

With a fine bright warm morning there was a constant movement of Swallow moving west, with smaller numbers of House and Sand Martin present. Alas no sign of the Red-backed Shrike in the paddock although reported yesterday.

Yellow Wagtail - 42
Whinchat - 8
Redstart - 5
Spotted Fly - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Wheatear - 25
Stonechat - 3
Blackcap - 19
Whitethroat - 35
Reed Warbler - 9
Sedge Warbler - 1
Garden Warbler - 1
Willow Warbler - 12
Chiffchaff - 3
Grey Wagtail - 2
Siskin - 21
Kestrel - 3
Sparrowhawk - 5
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Swift - 3
Golden Plover - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Curlew - 1
Little Egret - 3
Med Gull - 2
Dunlin - 4
Ringed Plover - 2