Black-throated Accentor - Kazakhstan May 2017

22 August, 2017

Hard work this morning, with no sign of yesterdays Tree Sparrow, highlights being 3 Whinchat around Bread Lane and a Spot Fly Kents Cottages.

Whinchat - 3
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Wheatear - 6
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 23
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Willow Warbler - 17
Blackcap - 9
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 3
Swift - 7
Sand Martin - 3
Kingfisher - 1
Common Sandpiper - 2
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Med Gull - 58
Sandwich Tern - 10
Little Egret - 9
Grey Heron - 1

Whinchat Bread Lane

Spot Fly

Oystercatcher Climping Beach


21 August, 2017

Good numbers of Wheatear around West Beach this morning, then a call mid morning from Eric(ES) had me rushing down to bread lane horse paddock to see a Tree Sparrow.

Tree Sparrow - 1
Med Gull - 5
Yellow-legged Gull - 1 Marina
Common Sandpiper - 3 Marina
Greenshank - 1 flying calling west over Athrington
Ringed Plover - 8
Wheatear - 17
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 23
Garden Warbler - 2
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Blackcap - 2
Willow Warbler - 10
Reed Warbler - 3
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 2
Swift - 19
Swallow - 11
Sand Martin - 1
Meadow Pipit - 16
Pied Wagtail - 3

Tree Sparrow Bread Lane

Juv Stonechat Golf Course


Unless i'm mistaken another Yellow-legged Gull in the Marina this morning




17 August, 2017

Very quiet again at the patch in blustery conditions.

Gannet - 55w 16e
Cormorant - 3w 9e
Med Gull - 4w 7e
Common Tern - 13w
Sandwich Tern - 3w
Sanderling - 9w
Ringed Plover - 16w
Dunlin - 1w
Oystercatcher - 2e
Whimbrel - 1w
Turnstone - 15
Green Woodpecker - 2
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 1
Little Egret - 5
Swift - 1
Meadow Pipit - 5
Wheatear - 2
Common Sandpiper - 3

Common Sandpiper Marina
Wheatear West Beach
Gannets offshore Climping

16 August, 2017

Very quiet around the patch this morning even with combined totals.

Litte Egret - 11
Grey Heron - 2
Shelduck - 2w
Med Gull - 9
Sanderling - 20
Ringed Plover - 5
Bullfinch - 2
Lesser Whiethroat - 2
Willow Warber - 13
Blackcap - 5
Reed Warbler - 4
Meadow Pipit - 5
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 1
Sand Martin - 3
Swallow - 5
Common Sandpiper - 2
Yellow-legged Gull - 1


Med Gull Climping Beach

Lesser Whitethroat Golf Course
Common Sand Marina

Looks a good candidate for Juv Yellow-legged Gull in the Marina this morning



15 August, 2017

Usual suspects around this morning, with the fields being ploughed and fertilised there are good numbers of Gulls in the area.

Peregrine - 3
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Med Gull - 25
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 3
Jay - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Swallow - 6
Reed Warbler - 4
Willow Warbler - 10
Whitethroat - 22
Blackcap - 6
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Garden Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Bullfinch - 1
Turnstone - 5

13 August, 2017

 Climping this morning, 1 Spot Fly, 20 Willow Warbler, 22 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Reed Warbler, and 8 Redshank.

Around Marsh Farm;

Green Sandpiper - 1
Redstart - 1
Garden Warbler - 2
Willow Warbler - c.50+
Chiffchaff - 7
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Whitethroat - 10
Blackcap - 15
Bullfinch - 7
Reed Warbler - 9
Sedge Warbler - 2
Yellowhammer - 2
Buzzard - 5
Sand Martin - 10
House Martin - 3
Swallow - 15
Grey Heron - 1
Med Gull - 5
Jay - 5
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3



11 August, 2017

A good variety of species and numbers passing through the patch this morning, with the highlight being a Grasshopper Warbler on the Golf Course and a Hobby east at Atherington.

Hobby - 1
Peregrine - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 3
Buzzard - 8
Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Garden Warbler -1
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Whitethroat - 35
Reed Warbler - 17
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Willow Warbler - 26
Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 13
Bullfinch - 2
Reed Bunting - 1
Jay - 3
Great spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Sand Martin - 10
Swallow - 7
Grey Partridge - 10
Little Egret - 5
Grey Heron - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Turnstone - 28
Dunlin - 2
Ringed Plover - 1
Med Gull - 14


09 August, 2017

A walk from Ford rail bridge to the bend between the prison and wood yard this morning prior to walking back to Arundel. On the Ford stretch produced. 

 Black-tailed Godwits - 2
 Common Sandpiper  - 3
 Whimbrel - 1
Little Egret - 12
Grey Heron - 4
Mediterranean Gull - 14+
Great Black-back - 1
Herring Gull - 150
Black-headed Gull -110
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 2
Stock Dove - 20 
Green Woodpecker - 2
Whitethroat - 1
Swift - 1

With not many passerines at all. (MD) 

08 August, 2017

An Osprey flew in from the River near the Marina this morning at 09:10. Watched from the back of the Mill Cottage heading south towards the golf course until lost to view.

Osprey - 1
Peregrine - 2
Sparrowhawk - 3
Kestrel - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Garden Warbler - 2
Whitethroat - 23
Blackcap - 10
Willow Warbler - 8
Reed Warbler - 17
Sedge Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 2
Skylark - 4
Song Thrush - 2
Swift - 1
Swallow - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Jay - 2
Grey Partridge - 10
Whimbrel - 3
Turnstone - 30
Sandwich Tern - 10

07 August, 2017

Meagre returns today with the highlight being a flock of Canada Geese flying west of the paddock mid morning.

Canada Geese - 34
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Cormorant - 11
Whimbrel - 3
Oystercatcher - 1
Med Gull - 6
Green Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 15
Jay - 2
Sparrowhawk - 3
Swift - c.75w
Sand Martin - 2
House Martin - 10
Swallow - 5
Reed Warbler - 9
Sedge Warbler - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Blackcap - 4
Whitethroat - 13
Willow Warbler - 6
Stonechat - 1
Wheatear - 2
Meadow Pipit - 12

Meadow Pipit

06 August, 2017

Combined totals for this morning include the long staying Cuckoo, and the 1st Yellow Wagtail of the Autumn.

Cuckoo - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Garden Warbler - 2
Wheatear - 4
Willow Warbler - 15
Reed Warbler - 25
Whitethroat - 35
Blackcap - 4
Jay - 1
Grey Partridge - 10
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Little Egret - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Swift - 2
Sand Martin - 2
Swallow - 6
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 3
Green Woodpecker - 3
Song Thrush - 2
Common Sandpiper - 4

05 August, 2017

Combined totals for this morning, which reads very similar to yesterday with just a few new additions. 

Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1
Whimbrel - 2
Common Sandpiper - 4
Med Gull - 3
Ringed Plover - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Swift - c.100
Sand Martin - 18
House Martin - 8
Swallow - 6
Wheatear - 2
Garden Warbler - 2
Blackcap - 4
Reed Warbler - 8
Sedge Warbler - 2
Willow Warbler - 8
Chiffchaff - 4
Whitethroat - 10
Song Thrush - 1

04 August, 2017

Good numbers of Bullfinch seen around the Mill/Longwood area this morning.

Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 8
Med Gull - 2
Common Sandpiper - 3
Swallow - 2
Jay - 1
Skylark - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Reed Warbler - 4
Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 2
Whitethroat - 4
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Bullfinch - 8
Linnet - c.40
Goldfinch - c.40


03 August, 2017

A brief visit to the patch this morning in blustery conditions produced very little in the way of variety with sea passage being very disappointing.

Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 3
Little Egret - 3
Sanderling - 8w
Ringed Plover - 3w
Turnstone - 5w
Oystercatcher - 1w
Common Scoter - 18e
Gannet - 5w
Cuckoo - 1
Willow Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 7
Bullfinch - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 2

02 August, 2017

Combined totals today before the rain set in, include an adult Little Gull in a large flock behind the Mill Cottage. A Peregrine moving through scattered everything off, and a juv Cuckoo still there.

Little Gull - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 15
Common Gull - 5
Gannet - 11w 5e
Sandwich Tern - 9w 4e
Cuckoo - 1
Whimbrel - 5
Oystercatcher - 3
Ringed Plover - 1
Turnstone - 3
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 2
Sand Martin - 3
House Martin - 10
Swallow - 40
Swift - 55
Peregrine - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Bullfinch - 4
Willow Warbler - 3
Whitethroat - 15
Blackcap - 7
Reed Warbler - 6
Meadow Pipit - 5
Linnet - 70
Goldfinch - 30
Jay - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey Partridge - 2


Long staying Cuckoo


30 July, 2017

The first returning Wheatear was on the golf course this morning,  dismal returns elsewhere with just two Common Sandpiper on the river by the Tesco roundabout, 17 Med Gull Climping Beach. 17 Whitethroat around the bushes with small numbers each of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Reed Warbler.

29 July, 2017

A walk up River on the east side to the Ship & Anchor Pub at Ford, produced a Little Ringed Ringed Plover on the corner by the Prison and at least 10 Common Sandpiper.

Little Ringed Plover - 1
Common Sandpiper - 10
Whimbrel - 5
Curlew - 2
Oystercatcher - 2
Lapwing - 1
Cormorant - 6
Little Egret - 4
Grey Heron - 2
Med Gull - 27
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 4
Kestrel - 2
Swift - 1
House Martin - 3
Grey Partridge - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Willow Warbler - 3
Chiffchaff - 2
Reed Warbler - 4
Whitethroat - 2
Yellowhammer - 5


Little Ringed Plover



One of many Common Sands

Whimbrel
Cormorant

Great BB Gull


25 July, 2017

Good numbers of Willow Warbler around this morning, especially busy around the Mill, and a Whinchat in the corn field Climping Beach.

Whinchat - 1
Willow Warbler - 25
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 7
Whitethroat - 18
Song Thrush - 5
Skylark - 6
Bullfinch - 2
Treecreeper - 1
Green Woodpecker - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 2
Med Gull - 15
Sandwich Tern - 4
Gannet - 2
Cormorant - 15
Whimbrel - 4w
Curlew - 2
Little Egret - 9
Grey Heron - 1
Dunlin - 2w
Oystercatcher - 5w
Turnstone - 50w
Swallow - 38
Sand Martin - 5
Buzzard - 1

Willow Warbler present in good numbers

Whinchat Climping Beach

Reed Warbler Bread Lane

Sedge Warbler Bread Lane

Whitethroat Bread Lane
Blackcap Kents Cottages




24 July, 2017

Juvenile Cuckoo still present at the back of the Mill Cottage, 7 Willow Warbler in the area as well as a good number of Swift hawking over the fields.

Cuckoo - 1
Sedge Warbler - 2
Reed Warbler - 10
Willow Warbler - 7
Whitethroat - 16
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 2
Skylark - 4
Stonechat - 1 juv
Swift - c.175
Sand Martin - 13
House Martin - 3
Swallow - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Ringed Plover - 3
Sandwich Tern - 1w
Med Gull - 2
Little Egret - 1
Buzzard - 2


Sedge Warbler

Buzzard
Juv Cuckoo

23 July, 2017

Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Little Egret - 12
Grey Heron - 1
Ringed Plover - 2
Oystercatcher - 3
Whimbrel - 1
Little Owl - 1
Swift - 18
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 3
Green Woodpecker - 3
Jay - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Skylark - 4
Pied Wagtail - 2
Willow Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 3
Whitethroat - 12
Blackcap - 4
Reed Warbler - 11
Reed Bunting - 1
Linnet - c.80

20 July, 2017

Not a great deal happening at the patch this morning, just a single flock of Common Scoter went through and a few Whimbrel, with several Gannet feeding offshore.

Common Scoter - 30e
Gannet - 18e 37w
Whimbrel - 6w
Sandwich Tern - 3w
Sanderling - 7w
Ringed Plover - 1w
Oystercatcher - 1w
Ringed Plover - 1w
Turnstone - 11
Little Egret - 3w
Cormorant - 7w
Buzzard - 1
Green Wood - 1
Whitethroat - 10
Reed Warbler - 3
Chiffchaff - 2
Blackcap - 2

Little Egret Atherington

Turnstone Climping Beach


19 July, 2017

A very confiding juv Cuckoo this morning at West Beach by the corner of the Mill path, a large gathering in the fields north of the Mill held good numbers of Med Gull, and a single Whimbrel on the golf course.

Cuckoo - 1
Bullfinch - 2
Blackcap - 2
Reed Warbler - 4
Whitethroat - 3
Chiffchaff - 3
Skylark - 7
Reed Bunting - 1
Swift - 25
House Martin - 12
Sand Martin - 9
Swallow  - 20
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Jay - 4
Green Woodpecker - 2
Gannet - 2w 2e
Sandwich Tern - 15w 10e
Mediterranean Gull - 27
Common Gull - 2
Lesser B B Gull - 4
Cormorant - 4w 2e
Ringed Plover - 3
Sanderling - 5
Osytercatcher - 5
Whimbrel - 1
Turnstone - 9

Confiding Cuckoo

14 July, 2017

Climping Beach from 06:30 nice to see some Sand Martin and Swift on the move, although little else present.

Swift - 60+
Sand Martin - 15w
Common Tern  - 2e
Sandwich Tern - 5e 9w
Gannet - 9w
Whimbrel - 9w
Curlew - 1w
Cormorant - 6e 7w
Oystercatcher - 2e 5w
Ringed Plover - 1w
Turnstone - 4w
Mediterranean Gull - 8 on beach
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 5
Whiethroat - 15
Reed Warbler - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3


Juv Med Gull

Ad Med Gull

10 July, 2017

I managed to beat most of the dog walkers at Climping beach this morning before they could flush everything away.

Greenshank - 1
Redshank - 1
Dunlin - 2
Oystercatcher - 5
Ringed Plover - 2
Whimbrel - 5w
Turnstone - 8
Cormorant - 6e 17w
Little Egret - 2
Grey Heron - 2
Sandwich Tern 7e 12w
Med Gull - 2
Swift - 4
Buzzard - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Whitethroat - 17
Blackcap - 1

Greenshank
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Ringed Plover

27 June, 2017

A quick look around the patch this morning, with 5 Little Egret around West Beach ,2 Ringed Plover and 3 Mediterranean Gull moving west, several Sandwich Tern feeding offshore and a party of Swift flew east over the mill cottage.

Ringed Plover West Beach
Sandwich Tern Climping Beach

13 June, 2017

Took a trip down to Church Norton for the Elegant Tern, distant in the heat haze, below a couple of record shot's, and that's the best of a bad bunch.



07 June, 2017

A quick stroll around the hotel grounds this morning producing just a Little Owl and plenty of Southern Marsh Orchids for my effort.