Rock Thrush Morocco April 2016

23 April, 2016

Brief visit to the patch this morning with a look around the paddocks and Bailiffscourt before a return to the sea found only the 2 Coal Tit worthy of note. 1 Great Skua along the beach and 25 Gannet around a pair of trawlers offshore from the car park.

22 April, 2016

Another sea watch from the car park at 15:50 until 17:50 produced;

Great Skua - 2e
Common Tern - c.200e
Sandwich Tern - 22e
Gannet - 42e
Common Scoter - 5e
Brent Geese - 18e
Razorbill - 1 on sea
Great-crested Grebe - 1
Sanderling - 17e
Turnstone - 29e
Whimbrel - 4 on beach
Raven - 2e
Grey Seal - 1


Sea watch from the car park this morning in a light easterly breeze, until the onset of continuous rain forced an end to proceedings.

Manx Shearwater - 1e
Great Skua - 2e
Artic Skua - 1e
Black Tern - 1e
Little Gull - 1e
Whimbrel - 72e
Bar-tailed Godwit - 12e
Common Tern - c.175e
Commic Tern - 25e
Sandwich Tern - 32e
Common Scoter - 35e
Gannet - 123e 11w
Great-crested Grebe - 1 on sea
Red-breasted Merganser - 2e
Turnstone - 17e
Swallow - 2n
Wheatear 1n

21 April, 2016

A Grey Seal close inshore at Climping beach this morning was the highlight although still pretty quiet bits and bobs still trickling through.  Not as cold as yesterday but the

Stonechat - 2 male golf course
Chiffchaff - 8
Willow Warbler - 5
Whitethroat - 9
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Sedge Wabler - 1
Blackcap - 7
Yellow Wagtail - 2
Wheatear - 1
Swift - 1
House Martin - 2
Sand Martin - 3
Swallow - 11
Sandwich Tern - 8e
Bar-tailed Godwit - 4e 20w
Whimbrel - 7e 2w
Little Egret - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2 on sea
Sparrowhawk - 1

Stonechat
Whitethroat


19 April, 2016

Golf Course fest

Best day of the spring so far, with groups of Willow Warbler in every bush. Out and about from 06:40 still not early enough to beat the ground staff who were about with the movers and 06:30, nevertheless a good productive morning.

Ring Ouzel - 1
Whinchat - 2
Redstart - 4-5
Yellow Wagtail - 4
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Willow Warbler - c.50
Chiffchaff - 18
Blackcap - 23
Whitethroat - 14
Coal Tit - 2
Wheatear - 1
Swallow - 14
Sand Martin - 6
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Wpoodpecker - 1
Med Gull - 1w
Shelduck -1w

Ring Ouzel golf course


Whinchat golf course


Redstart horse paddock, several around today
Coal Tit


18 April, 2016

Marsh Farm

A couple of hours spent wandering around the Farm this morning in glorious sunshine although still a tad chilly early morning. Found a  few fisherman camped on my arrival so not as quite as I had hoped for. 

Red Kite - 1
Buzzard - 4
Sparrowhawk - 1
Jay - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Whitethroat - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 3
Reed Warbler - 6
Sedge Warbler - 2
Blackcap - 15
Chiffchaff - 18
Willow Warbler - 5
Bullfinch - 3
Yellowhammer - 5
Reed Bunting - 6
Sand Martin - 3
House Martin - 2
Swallow - c.45
Grey Heron - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Teal - 1
Tufted Duck - 2
Pochard - 1


View from Goose Green looking north towards Arundel, plenty of deer around this morning and a nice Fox.




16 April, 2016

A nice Ring Ouzel near the Mill Cottage this morning, followed by  2 Coal Tit at Bailiffscourt for one lucky observer. Also a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Swallow and a Whimbrel. (ES)

14 April, 2016

Early evening visit around the Farm produced my first House and Sand Martin of the spring amongst the many Swallows. Reed and Sedge Warbler in full song along with a couple of Cetti's in the reedbeds.


one of several Swallow in the area

1st Sand Martin of the year
Ditto as yesterday really although a Red Kite over the golf course late morning was a nice surprise and my first Sedge heard along with Cetti's Warbler from the footpath. A Common Tern flew over the mill cottage, and a few more Swallow on the move was about it.

Red Kite
Whitethroat
Willow Warbler

Grey Partridge
Wheatear

13 April, 2016

Out late due to other commitments, nevertheless still a bit of variety in the patch. Linnets present in good numbers and plenty of birds in song around the back of the golf course.

Firecrest - 2
Whitethroat - 6
Willow Warbler - 14
Chiffchaff - 9
Blackcap - 12
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 5
Bullfinch - 2
Wheatear - 1
Raven - 1
Little Owl - 1
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1
Jay - 1
Swallow - 6
Little Egret - 1
Med Gull - 2w
Whimbrel - 4w
Oystercatcher - 18w
Shelduck - 1e
Brent Geese - 27e
Common Scoter - 20e
Sandwich Tern - 15e
Commic Tern - 2e
Red-breasted Merganser - 4 on sea
Great-crested Grebe - 2


10 April, 2016

Sea watch from Climping car park for an hour from 15:00 produced;
Common Scoter - 97e
Sandwich Tern - 7e
Gannet - 11e 5w
Great-crested Grebe - 5 on sea
Turnstone - 22e
Common Gull 7e

08 April, 2016

A quick romp around the golf course this morning didn't produce the intended goodies, with only singles of Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Bullfinch and Little Egret. A good number of singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a few Willow Warbler in the area, and  small flocks of Linnets on the move west along with 5 Med Gull  offshore.

Later received reports of a male Redstart at Longwood, 1 Reed Warbler 4 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaff and 2 Jay.

05 April, 2016

A fine spring morning with a hint of a sea mist offshore. Nothing moving over the flat calm sea, so once again it was time to beat the bushes.

Redstart - 1 Male golf course
Firecrest - 3 long wood
Blackcap - 6 (5  male)
Willow Warbler - 26
Chiffchaff - 21
Goldcrest - 1
Wheatear - 4
Reed Bunting - 5
Swallow - 5w
Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard - 3
Green Woodpecker - 2
Little Egret - 1
Jay - 1
Sandwich Tern - 2e 3w
Fulmar - 1w
Brent Geese - 9w 1 on sea
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 on sea
Great-crested Grebe -  1 on sea

Wheatear


04 April, 2016

Sea-watch from the car park from 06:45-08:50 produced a few firsts for the year, as did a walk around the fields and bushes although nothing to get that excited about.

Artic Skua - 1e
Great Northern Diver - 1w
Black-Throated Diver - 1 on sea
Red-Throated Diver - 1e
Fulmar - 1w
Common Scoter - 23e
Brent Geese - 152e - 11w
Gannet - 10e 16w
Sandwich Tern - 12e
Mediterranean Gull - 1w
Great Crested Grebe - 5 on sea
Red-breasted Merganser - 5e
Firecrest - 1 longwood
Willow Warbler - 3
White Wagtail - 1 car park
Blackcap - 1
Chiffchaff - 11
Reed Bunting - 4
Kestrel - 2

Brent Geese moving west
Blackcap Bread lane
Willow Warbler longwood

A mid afternoon stroll around Marsh Farm also failed to get anything excited about.

Great-crested Grebe - 2
Pochard - 1
Tufted Duck -1
Swallow - c.50
House Martin - 5
White Wagtail -1
Reed Bunting - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Chiffchaff - 7
Buzzard - 4

White Wagtail Marsh Farm

Pochard
Great-crested Grebe


Persistence paid off with a nice male Redstart at the back of the horse paddock.


Redstart

02 April, 2016

Records for the 31st March supplied by Juliet & Chris

6 Wheatear ( all in ploughed field that runs alongside the rd to the College )
1 Blackcap ( near cafe )
2 Willow Warblers ( in bushes by water vole stream opp old hut )
At least 18+ chiffchaffs (in bushes by water vole stream opp old hut )
3 Firecrest ( 2 in bushes by water vole stream opp old hut + 1 in horse field in between Bairds house and the bungalows )
1 Swallow over
2 Water Voles.