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18 May, 2017

Totals for today,

Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Sandwich Tern - 4
Gannet - 1
Little Egret - 2
Swift - 2
Swallow - 20
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Song Thrush - 3
Stonechat - 2
Meadow Pipit - 8
Spotted Fly - 1
Bullfinch - 1
Blackcap - 3
Whitethroat - 15
Sedge Warbler - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 10
Chiffchaff - 6

07 May, 2017

Plenty of activity and song in a cold north east breeze around Marsh Farm this morning.

Hobby - 1
Cuckoo - 1
Swift - 30
Swallow - 55
House Martin - 6
Chiffchaff - 13
Willow Warbler - 2
Whitethroat - 16
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 3
Reed Warbler - 22
Sedge Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 7
Yellowhammer - 10
Reed Bunting - 6
Mistle Thrush - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Med Gull - 6



05 May, 2017

Good numbers of Swift moving through the Golf course with c.100 up until mid morning, offshore a single flock of c.30 Barwits east and a lingering Bonxie.

Swift - c.100
Swallow - 11
Reed Warbler - 11
Sedge Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Wheatear - 1
Whitethroat - 15
Blackcap - 3
Chiffchaff - 4
Willow Warbler - 1
Song Thrush - 3
Reed Bunting - 3
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Whimbrel - 4
Bar-tailed Godwit - c.30e
Great Skua - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Gannet - 10 offshore
Sandwich Tern - 6w 3e

Not much to report for Wed 3rd just 2w Canada Geese and 6 Whimbrel the only birds of note.

I recieved a late report for the 2nd of May of a  Wood Sandpiper in the area.

 Did a late morning walk from the car park at Climping along West Beach primarily for the benefit of the dog, but just in the area near the car park and pools put up a Wood Sandpiper – presumably just arrived and resting up ahead of flying on. Pretty good record for a late morning dog walk. Not much else apart from a few Sandwich Terns, very distant Gannets and about six Whimbrel – one on the beach, four on GC and one on the mud by the path north of the Yacht Club just before Rope Walk. (MD)

02 May, 2017

A fine bright sunny morning with just a hint of a breeze found me wandering around the Golf Course and the back fields. Again nothing to get excited about, combined totals below include my first Swift of the year.

Swift - 1
Swallow - 20
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Whitethroat - c.40
Reed Warbler - 17
Sedge Warbler - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Goldcrest - 1
Willow Warbler - 5
Chiffchaff - 7
Blackcap - 11
Reed Bunting - 4
Whimbrel - 10
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Med Gull - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Song Thrush - 4
Peregrine - 1
Stock Dove - 4
Coot - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2


Whimbrel on the golf course

A quick stroll around Marsh Farm this afternoon produced 2 Cuckoo, 4 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard, 11 Med Gull, 3 Cetti's Warbler and a Wheatear, as well as the usual array of Warblers.

Records for Monday 1st May sea watch at Climping beach produced no Poms for me but some splendid close inshore Artic Skua action with 7e and 2e 1w Great Skua.  Just 6e Eider and a couple of Shelduck before I called a halt to proceedings.

29 April, 2017

A report of 3 Whinchat in the rife by the old railway carriages and a Swift over today.

27 April, 2017

A brisk visit to the patch, found the Ring Ouzel still present in the back lawn of Kents Farm Cottage, viewed from the private road leading down towards the seafront. Favouring the western edge of the garden looking over the pond. A Little Owl around  Bailiffscourt, also 2 Treecreeper there and a White Wagtail on the back lawn. Quick look offshore produced a couple of Whimbrel and Sandwich Tern, and a single Shelduck west and Great-crested Grebe on the sea.

Ring Ouzel


Mistle Thrush
Treecreeper Bailiffscourt


Sandwich Tern Climping Beach

Fox


26 April, 2017

Very quiet in the patch this morning in a cold northerly wind, with just 5 Whimbrel on and around the golf course, 20 or so Med Gull calling overhead and the usual assortment of Warblers heard although present in smaller numbers. 5 Wheatear in the back fields, 2 Stonechat and a Coot still present. A smart looking male Ring Ouzel in the back garden of Kents Farm House, was the clear highlight of the morning. This is accessed from the private road east of Climping. Also 2 Mistle, 3 Song Thrush and 9 Blackbirds there.




25 April, 2017

A quick visit to the patch paid dividends with a singing Nightingale seen and heard from the back of the golf course.

Nightingale - 1 (RP)
Shelduck - 3w
Whimbrel - 4
Sandwich Tern - 8
Med Gull - 18e
Little Egret - 1
Swallow - 3
Wheatear - 2
Chiffchaff - 10
Willow Warbler - 4
Whitethroat - 10
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 8
Blackcap - 8

A couple of personal firsts of the year from Marsh Farm with 3 House Martin  over the big pool with several Swallow's, and a nice Whinchat. Good numbers of a variety of Warblers in full song, with at least 6 Cetti's present.



24 April, 2017

A seawatch from 06:45 didn't produce the required totals.

Mediterranean Gull - 27e
Whimbrel - 12e 6w
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1e
Brent Geese - c.33
Common Scoter - 65e
Sandwich Tern - 12e 7w
Gannet - c.60 following trawlers
Oystercatcher - 1e 3w
Cormorant - 11e 4w
Sanderling - 42w
Dunlin - 2w
Turnstone - 30w
Great-crested Grebe - 3 os
Swallow - 4
Wheatear - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1


Whitethroat present in good numbers

Linnet

23 April, 2017

Four Great Skua off Climping Beach late afternoon was the highlight of today, missing the other species of Skua seen at other locations. Med Gulls on the move throughout the day, small numbers of Whimbrel, a couple of Fulmar and distant Scoter. Gannets and Sandwich Tern in much smaller numbers.

A pair  Coal Tit seen again again around the hotel grounds this morning, the usual array of Warblers present with just a single Wheatear.


Stock Dove Kents Farm

Song Thrush Bailiffscourt

22 April, 2017

Another fine bright morning with a northerly breeze produced more than expected in terms of variety. The Golf Course turning up a few firsts for the year with good numbers of Wheatear present along with a single Whimbrel.

Ring Ouzel - 1 Golf Course
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 heard reeling GC
Yellow Wagtail - 1 GC
Wheatear - c.30
Siskin - 2 over head GC
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Reed Warbler - 11
Sedge Warbler - 3
Whitethroat - 9
Blackcap - 25
Willow Warbler - 27
Chiffchaff - 11
Stonechat - 2
Reed Bunting - 2
Song Thrush - 3
Mistle Thrush - 1
Skylark - 7
Pied Wagtail - 2
Swallow - 3
Sand Martin - 1
Coal Tit - 1 BC
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 4
Raven - 1w Climping Beach
Buzzard - 4
Saprrowhawk - 2
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Med Gull - 10w
Sandwich Tern - 4e
Whimbrel - 11e 1 GC
Ringed Plover - 1
Coot - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1 River

Coot

Reed Bunting

21 April, 2017

A grey cloudy still morning with good coverage producing good numbers and some variety, highlights being Tawny Owl, Gropper, and Yellowhammer. Combined totals below.

Tawny Owl - 2 heard
Grasshopper Warbler - 1 Back of Golf Course
Yellowhammer - 1 bottom of Long Wood
Redstart - 1
Whitethroat - 11
Willow Warbler - 23
Chiffchaff - 9
Reed Warbler - 12
Sedge Warbler - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 1
Coal Tit - 1
Song Thrush - 5
Jay - 1
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3
Swallow - 9
Skylark - 10
Pied Wagtail - 1
Grey Partridge - 4
Grey Heron - 1
Whimbrel - 11e 2w
Sandwich Tern - 19w 10e
Med Gull - 10w
Common Sandpiper - 1w
Sanderling - 20e

Wheatear Climping Beach

Yellowhammer bottom of Long Wood

19 April, 2017

A tad warmer than yesterday morning.

Peregrine - 2-3
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Little Egret - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Chiffchaff - 12
Willow Warbler - 8
Whitethroat - 8
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Sedge Warbler - 3
Reed Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 14
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 3
Redstart - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Skylark - 8
Swallow - 1

18 April, 2017

A nice bright morning with a brisk northerly wind found me around the Golf Course, which provided a couple of first's for the year, combined total's below.

Cuckoo - 1
White Wagtail - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 7
Reed Warbler - 3
Sedge Warbler - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Willow Warbler - c.20
Chiffchaff - 8
Blackcap - 23
Stonechat - 1
Wheatear - 3
Reed Bunting - 1
Swallow - 12
Sand Martin - 2
Song Thrush - 4
Peregrine - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 2
Great-spotted Wood - 1
Green Wood - 3
Common Sandpiper - 1
Curlew - 3w
Little Egret - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Stock Dove - 1
Med Gull - 28w
Sandwich Tern - 2w

Great Spot

Green Wood

Common Sand River

White Wagtail Bailiffscourt

17 April, 2017

This morning a Grasshopper Warbler seen and heard at the end of the Mill Path (PB) Double figures of  Wheatear, Whiethroat and good numbers of Willow Warbler in the area. The Cetti's Warbler heard again from the back of the golf course and a Sedge Warbler there along with 3 Sparrowhawk and 3 Grey Partridge. 2 Coal Tit showed well again around the Hotel grounds. Offshore very quite again although a few Med Gull moving through, singles of Whimbrel, Canada Goose and five Great-crested Grebe on the sea, and Ringed Plover along the beach.

14 April, 2017

Combined highlights's from this morning showing a little variety 

Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 2
Willow Warbler - c.20
Chiffcaff - 8
Wheatear - 12
Redstart - 1
Whitethroat - 5
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Blackcap - 11
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Swallow - 15
Red-legged Partridge - 1

13 April, 2017

My first Acro's of the year, other than that generally very quiet.

Whitethroat - 5
Blackcap - 20
Willow Warbler - 13
Chiffchaff - 15
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 2
Skylark - 7
Reed Bunting - 1
Meadow Pipit - 4
Linnet - 45
Swallow - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey Partridge - 4
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Med Gull - 4w
Sandwich Tern - 3w 1e
Sanderling - 11w
Turnstone - 27w

Whitethroat Atherington

12 April, 2017

Alpine Swift

Been having that feeling that Spring this year is passing me by, a conversation with (RP) mid morning seem to confirm that, his account below.

Well a dull chilly day suddenly brightened up just as I was looking forward to a cup of coffee. At just about ten this morning I was on the river footpath just opposite the entrance to Littlehampton golf club. Suddenly I became aware of a bird above me. For a tenth of a second I thought it might be a Hobby as it appeared largish, dark and with scythed shaped wings. I realised it was not because shape size and colour were all wrong. As it flew north up river I could see that it was a very large swift with long dark wings and a strikingly large white underside. It was too big to be an aberrant swift and looked nothing like a House Martin. Throat patch was in distinct. As it turned south above the golf club house I noticed another large bird appear from the north east. This bird was a peregrine that immediately began to harass the Alpine Swift. The swift moving fast headed south down river towards the sea. It geared towards the east as the peregrine per sued it. Sadly both were very quickly lost to sight as they were both moving at some speed. News tweeted as soon as birds disappeared.
Was it an Alpine Swift? Yes it was!



Combined totals from this morning;
Alpine Swift - 1
Swallow - 5
Sand Martin - 1
Redstart - 2
Whitethroat - 2
Blackcap - 18
Chiffchaff - 20
Willow Warbler - 40+

Cetti's Warbler - 1
Coal Tit - 1
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 8

Song Thrush - 5
Skylark - 10
Reed Bunting - 2
Linnet - 45
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 1
Peregrine - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 3
Grey Heron - 1
Sandwich Tern - 3
Med Gull - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Common Sandpiper  - 2

Coal Tit Bailiffscourt

Meadow Pipit West Beach

Wheatear West Beach

Starling Golf Course

11 April, 2017

A Chilly start to a bright day. Nothing special around, but a slight increase in migrant numbers.

Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 10
Chiffchaff - 13
Blackcap - 15
Wheatear - 5
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 6
Sklylark - 5
Swallow - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
jay - 3
Kestrel - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 3 
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Gannet - 2
Sanderling - 22
Turnstone - 18
Med Gull - 3
Sandwich Tern 2

10 April, 2017

A cracking male Redstart in the horse paddock this morning and Wheatear numbers into double figures for the first time this Spring.

Redstart - 1
Wheatear - 12
Willow Warbler - 12
Chiffchaff   - 6
Blackcap - 8
Stonechat - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Song Thrush - 4
Skylark - 2
Swallow - 1
Gannet - 5
Buzzard - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1

09 April, 2017

An hour sea watch from Climping Beach at 08-00 in a fine bright morning with a nice south easterly breeze. Combined total's below

Sandwich Tern - 22e 7w
Brent Geese - c.160e
Whimbrel - 1e
Shelduck - 2w
Fulmar - 1e
Gannet - 5e 3w
Meditteranean Gull - 14e
Oystercatcher - 11w 2e
Great-crested Grebe - 5 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 os
Wheatear - 7
Whitethroat - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Linnet - c.75
Willow Warbler - 6
Chiffchaff - present
Blackcap -
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Stonechat - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Treecreeper - 1
Coot - 2
Swallow - 10
Stock Dove - 8
Kestrel - 1

Saturday 8th April - A Tawny Owl heard from the back of the golf course, the first Reed Warbler of the year in the area along with a Coot. 2 Red-throated Diver flying east close inshore and 6 Grey Plover, in a fairly disappointing day.

07 April, 2017

A Tawny Owl heard  and a Coot being the oddities in the patch this morning,  along with 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, also singles of Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, and Stonechat. Offshore Sandwich Tern and Med Gull's on the move. Yesterday Thursday the 6th, the first Whitethroat seen around the golf course and a grey goose flew west.

04 April, 2017

A bit more lively in the patch this morning with good numbers of Willow Warbler in song and a couple of species of Hirundine putting in an appearance. Combined totals below.

Willow Warbler - 11
Chiffchaff - 10
Blackcap - 9
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Fieldfare - 1
Bullfinch - 2
Reed Bunting - 4
Swallow - 3
Sand Martin - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1
Grey Partridge - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 2
Sandwich Tern - 7e 3w
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 4
Common Scoter - 3
Gannet - 4w
Ringed Plover - 2e
Oystercatcher - 3e
Turnstone - c.40 beach

03 April, 2017

A fine bright morning before the sea mist moved through produced the first Sedge Warbler from the back of the golf course, and a Swallow through. Proceedings took a turn for the worst despite good coverage producing just 4 Reed Bunting, several of both Chiffchaff and Blackcap in each wooded area, 2 Grey Partridge and a Little Egret. Offshore, 2 Great-crested Grebe, 7 Sandwich Tern east and 11 Oystercatcher.

Sandwich Tern Climping Beach


02 April, 2017

A Jack Snipe flushed from the golf course this morning, also 3 Wheatear in the area and the first Swallow through.

01 April, 2017

Not a great deal happening again in promising conditions. A Red Kite drifted over the patch,  supported singletons included Peregrine, Firecrest, Cetti's Warbler, and Wheatear, along with  9  Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcap.

30 March, 2017

A walk around the golf course and then back along west beach was very quiet par a couple of Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, singing Chiffchaffs, singles of Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting and Grey Partridge. A flock of about 60 Sanderling flew west along with 4 Med Gull.

This afternoon at Climping form midday, an hour watching the sea was a total waste of time.

Sandwich Tern - 7w
Common Scoter - c.60 on sea
Red-breasted Merganser - 9
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Turnstone - c.60w
Sanderling - c.30w
Gannet - 2w
Med Gull - 5w
Oystercatcher - 1e
Wheatear - 2
Grey Partridge - 1
Firecrest - 1 hotel grounds
Willow Warbler - 1
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 5
Goldcrest - 2
Coal Tit - 1
Treecreeper - 1

Wheatear Climping Beach

Good numbers of Linnet in the area


Wood Pigeon paddock

29 March, 2017

A walk around Marsh Farm this afternoon produced a few first for the year, with the first Hirundine seen.

Sand Martin - 3
Swallow - 2
Willow Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 9
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Blackcap - 2
Bullfinch - 4
Med Gull - 14 se
Yellowhammer - 5
Reed Bunting - 3
Mistle Thrush - 1
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 2
Jay - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 1
Grey Heron - 1

Mid morning start due to other commitments saw the usual fare of Linnet, Skylark and Meadow Pipit present in small numbers, then an hours watch of the sea produced my first Sandwich Tern of the year.

Firecrest - 2
Blackcap - 3
Chiffchaff - 4
Coal Tit - 1
Buzzard - 2
Common Scoter - c.40 os 3e
Sandwich Tern 4e 1w
Diver sp - 1e
Red-breasted Merganser - 9w
Brent Geese - 13e
Shelduck - 1w
Sanderling - 14w
Med Gull - 1w

25 March, 2017

Another day with a brisk north east wind although much brighter very little again moving offshore.

Firecrest - 7-8 , 2 bread lane, 3 Bailiffscourt, 2 First wood, Kents
Chiffchaff - 10
Coal Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 4
Blackcap - 1
Cett'i's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 1
Linnet - 7
Meadow Pipit - 15
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel -1
Grey Heron - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Common Scoter - 2e 20 on sea
Red-breasted Merganser - 2e 9w
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Gannet - 2e

Red-breatsed Mergs offshore


24 March, 2017

Sea watch from Climping beach from 07:15 for a couple of hours, then a walk around the bushes produced at least 6 Firecrest.  Later received news of a Ring-necked Parakeet and a single Wheatear at West Beach.

Red-throated Diver - 1e
Fulmar - 1w
Med Gull - 1e
Gannet - 1e 2w
Red-breasted Merganser - 8e  10 os
Great-crested Grebe - 2e 2 os
Brent Geese - 47e
Shelduck - 2e 1w
Dunlin - 14e
Oystercatcher - 1e
Meadow Pipit - 11
Linnet - 3
Chiffchaff - 8
Coal Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 4
Reed Bunting - 1
Treecreeper - 1
Little Owl - 1 hrd
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1 river

Firecrest Climping Street







Brent Geese on the move


23 March, 2017

Wet start this morning around West Beach and covering the back of the Golf course.

Firecrest - 2
Wheatear - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Bunting - 4
Goldcrest - 1
Stonechat - 1
Meadow Pipit - 10
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Peregrine - 1
Brent Geese - 40e
Grey Plover - 2
Sanderling - 4
Turnstone - 10
Oystercatcher - 4
Grey Partridge - 2

21 March, 2017

A lovely bright sunny day with a brisk westerly wind which didn't produce anything out of the ordinary, just a single Wheatear on the golf course along 2 Grey Partridge. At least a dozen Chiffchaff in the area and several of both Skylark and Meadow Pipit. Offshore 17 Red-breasted Merganser and 4 Oystercatcher east.

20 March, 2017

A very grey damp morning produced my first Blackcap of the year, singing around Climping Cottages, also a Firecrest around the pools at Atherington, several Chiffchaff and Goldcrest.

A quick look at Marsh Farm with just 2 Little Grebe on the small pool, 3 Bullfinch, singles of Redwing, Cetti's Warbler and again good numbers of both Chiffchaff and Goldcrest.

17 March, 2017

Big increase in Chiffchaff numbers in the patch this morning with up to 20 present,and 2 Wheatear. Singles of Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail and 12 Red-breasted Merganser offshore.

16 March, 2017

With the sea covered in blanket fog, I took myself for a jaunt around Marsh Farm late morning, plenty of birds in song but nothing out of the ordinary.

Yellowhammer - 9
Reed Bunting - 3
Chiffchaff - 5
Goldcrest - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 2 hrd
Grey Wagtail - 1
Meadow Pipit - 5
Skylark - 10
Redwing - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Stock Dove - 4
Snipe - 1
Water Rail - 1
Buzzard - 1



15 March, 2017

Very quiet again at the patch in what later turned out to be a lovely sunny day.

Chiffchaff - 6
Coal Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 7
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 3
Stonechat - 2
Skylark - 9
Meadow Pipit - 11
Pied Wagtail - 5
Med Gull - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 11
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 1


Coal Tits showing well around Climping Cottages


Reed Bunting Bread Lane