Rock Thrush Morocco April 2016

26 December, 2016

A fine bright sunny morning saw a lot  of activity offshore,  unfortunately most passing very distant.

Brent Geese - c.600 around
Red-throated Diver - 11w 2e
Diver sp - 7w 3e
Common Scoter - 11 os
Auk sp - 15w 7e
Kittiwake - 4w
Med Gull - 35 os and fields
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 17 os
Gannet - 13w 4e
Sanderling - 27 on beach
Oystercatcher - 5
Turnstone - c.50
Curlew - 1
Grey Partridge - 10
Skylark - c.60
Pied Wagtail - 12
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1
Treecreeper -1
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 12

22 December, 2016

A fine bright sunny morning took me up to the river mouth where 35 Sanderling, 5 Oystercatchers and 20 Turnstone  feeding on the out going tideline. From the dunes at west beach 1 Stonchat and 7 Meadow Pipit. Onto the Mill and the back of the golf course, which again was very quiet with just  1 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Skylark and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Reed Bunting

18 December, 2016

Another romp around the farm from midday in gloomy mild grey conditions produced the following.

Gadwall - 57
Teal - 19
Wigeon - 7
Pochard - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 2
Mute Swan - 5
Cormorant - 3
Green Sandpiper - 1
Snipe - 1
Fieldfare - 7
Redwing - 5
Skylark - 4
Reed Bunting - 2
Yellowhammer - 5
Stonechat - 3
Bullfinch - 6
Pied Wagtail - 5
Coal Tit - 1
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 2
Buzzard - 3

16 December, 2016

A walk from the car park up to poole place and back produced c.140 Sanderling along the incoming tide line, c.500 Brent Geese in the fields along with 43 Curlew, 65 Med Gull flew out of the back fields and landed on the sea, 40 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit and 23 Pied Wagtail. Offshore 1w Red-throated Diver and 9 Oystercatcher east.

Meadow Pipit

Sanderling present in good numbers

13 December, 2016

A mixed flock of Scoter with at least 3 Velvet off Climping beach early afternoon, plenty of Med Gull riding waves along the beach,  a Black Redstart at Poole Place and a Firecrest at Atherington Pools in horrid conditions.

Velvet Scoter - 3
Common Scoter - 5
Great-crest Grebe - 1 os
Diver sp - 1w
Mediterranean Gull - c.125
Brent Geese - 9
Curlew - 7
Sanderling - 2
Turnstone - nc
Grey Plover - 1
Black Redstart - 1
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 7
Meadow Pipit - 10
Pied Wagtail - 19
Skylark - 27

Black Redstart

12 December, 2016

Another horrible wet grey morning at Climping, with the Brent Geese flock totalling c.350 probably more but constantly on the  move due to the persistent crow scares, with 33 Curlew in the field east of bread lane. Hundreds of Herring Gull moving east, along the beach with c.75 Med Gull 15 Sanderling. A single juv Kittiwake flew east close inshore  and a Auk sp. flew west. Also small numbers of Gannet, Great-crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser offshore. In the fields a total of 17 Grey Partridge c.60 Skylark, 22 Pied Wagtail, and 12 Meadow Pipit in the fields west of the car park.


08 December, 2016

A very cloudy grey morning around Marsh Farm produced a little variety in an uninspiring morning.

Firecrest - 1
Green Sandpiper - 1
Snipe - 7
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 4
Treecreeper - 1
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 9
Meadow Pipit - 6
Stonechat - 2
Skylark - 5
Redwing - 7
Reed Bunting - 1
Yellowhammer - 3
Gadwall - c.65
Wigeon - 25
Teal - 15
Tufted Duck - 6
Canada Geese - 3
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 2
Buzzard - 1
Mute Swan - 7
Cormorant - 2

Green Sandpiper Marsh Farm
Treecreeper First wood

04 December, 2016

A cold bright sunny morning at Climping beach with good number of birds without the variety,  although the fine weather producing vast amount of dog walkers.

Sanderling - 165
Med Gull - c.120
Brent Geese - c.540
Ringed Plover - 7
Grey Plover - 9
Skylark - 36
Grey Partridge - 20
Pied Wagtail - 15
Goldfinch - 17e
Reed Bunting - 1
Goldcrest - 1


Grey Partridge


Marsh Farm from  11:30 - 13:20

Woodcock - 1
Green Sandpiper - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Water Rail - 2
Snipe - 7
Firecrest - 2
Chiffchaff - 4
Stonechat - 1
Bullfinch - 4
Meadow Pipit - 8
Reed Bunting - 2
Mistle Thrush - 1
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Tufted Duck - 6
Gadwall - nc
Teal - nc
Wigeon - nc
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 3