Northern Harrier Florida Nov 2017

29 December, 2017

A wander around the patch this morning producing the following.

Red-throated Diver - 3w
Kittiwake - 2e
Mediterranean Gull - 29 along the beach
Shelduck - 2w
Great-crested Grebe - 2w
Red-breasted Merganser - 1w
Oystercatcher - 2
Stonechat - 2
Kestrel - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Skylark - 2

21 December, 2017

A very grey murky day with the highlight of a  Goosander flying east close inshore at Climping Beach this morning and good numbers of Red-throated Diver and Red-breasted Merganser offshore.

Goosander - 1e
Red-throated Diver - 22w 10 on sea
Diver sp - 2e
Red-breasted Merganser - c.50
Great-crested Grebe - 14
Eider - 1 os
Guillemot - 3
Auk sp - 5
Common Scoter - 6e
Brent Geese - 5
Gannet - 11w 3e
Mediterranean Gull - 3
Curlew - 19
Sanderling - 11
Oystercatcher - 7

15 December, 2017

A couple of hours spent at Climping Beach mid morning producing the following.

Red-throated Diver - 36w 3e
Gannet - 29w 5e
Brent Geese - 19e 2w
Guillemot - 1w
Razorbill - 1e
Auk sp - 7w
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 17
Mediterranean Gull - 11e 9w
Cormorant - 4e
Oystercatcher - 3e
Mute Swan - 25 in fields
Stonechat - 2
Pied Wagtail - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2



12 December, 2017

A trample around the patch this morning in bright sunny cold conditions, produced a flock of Golden Plover, best viewed from the first metal gate off Ferry Road.

Redwing - 2
Fieldfare - 1
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 8
Goldcrest - 5
Bullfinch - 2
Reed Bunting - 1
Pied Wagtail - 7
Meadow Pipit - 4
Skylark - 25
Golden Plover - 17
Kingfisher - 1
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Brent Geese - 9
Mediterranean Gull - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Little Egret - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Grey Partridge - 5
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Redshank - 2
Common Sandpiper - 1 marina

Redshank - River
This afternoon in still bright sunny condition around Marsh Farm Thrushes present in good numbers.

Gadwall - 6
Wigeon - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 1
Cormorant - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Redwing - 36
Fieldfare - 23
Mistle Thrush - 4
Skylark - 40
Pied Wagtail - 31
Grey Wagtail - 1
Goldcrest - 5
Meadow Pipit - 2
Snipe - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 1
Kestrel - 1
Common Gull - 41
Kingfisher - 1

Fieldfare 


Redwing


05 December, 2017

Very good coverage in the patch today by a few observers, with birds moving and lingering offshore from Poole Place morning and afternoon sessions produced some variety.

Velvet Scoter - 3e
Common Scoter - 8e 14w
Great Northern Diver - 1w
Red-throated Diver - 16w
Diver sp -  12
Slavonian Grebe - 2 os
Great-crested Grebe - 25+
Red-breasted Merganser - 34+
Razorbill - 14 os
Guillemot - 7
Shelduck - 2w
Kittiwake - 1w
Sandwich Tern - 1w
Mediterranean Gull - 3w
Gannet - 1e
Brent Geese - 1w 1e
Turnstone - present in small numbers

04 December, 2017

Cold grey windless conditions found several Red-throated Divers on the move again with 42 recorded moving west and a single Slav Grebe offshore at Poole Place.

Red-throated Diver - 42w
Diver sp - 2w
Slavoian Grebe - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 11 
Red-breasted Merganser - 19
Razorbill - 1
Auk sp -1w
Sanderling - 22
Oystercatcher - 3
Turnstone - 27
Grey Plover - 42
Brent Geese - c.50
Mediterranean Gull - 7
Gannet - 3w
Grey Partridge - 8
Meadow Pipit - 7
Skylark - 3
Linnet - 1
Goldcrest - 2
Stonechat - 1
Pied Wagtail - 6
Kestrel - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey Heron - 1


Red-breasted Mergs on the move

Grey Heron River mouth

Stonechat Atherington
Records for Sunday 3rd Dec, on a flat calm sea and overcast conditions.

Great-northern Diver - 1 juv on sea
Red-throated Diver - 1 on sea
Eider - 6
Great-crested Grebe - 15+
Red-breasted Merganser - 12+
Razorbill - 1
Guillemot - 1

02 December, 2017

A very cold grey morning had me optimistically thinking that yesterdays Black Guillemot at Elmer, might do a u turn and venture back into Climping waters. Alas not to be, but a good couple of hours nevertheless.

Slavonian Grebe - 1
Red-throated Diver - 18w 2e 3os
Razorbill - 4
Guillemot - 2
Auk sp - 4w 2e
Brent Geese - c.275
Shelduck - 13w
Teal - 19
Gannet - 1w
Great- crested Grebe - several nc
Red-breasted Merganser - several nc
Sanderling - 27
Grey Seal - 1

01 December, 2017

Today I recived a call late morning from (OM) of a Black Guillemot seen just outside the patch at Elmer Rocks. Unfortunately the time I arrived on site the bird was drifting slowly further west and viewed from the 1st rockpile from the west. Also there today c.400 Brent Geese flew west, 1w Red-throated Diver, several of both Great-crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser and 30+ Sanderling along the tideline.

28 November, 2017

A cold bright sunny morning found me mooching around Marsh Farm, with not a lot on offer the highlight being a single flock of c.80 Fieldfare around Goose Green.

Fieldfare - c.80
Redwing - 6
Song Thrush - 17
Reed Bunting - 4
Bullfinch - 3
Yellowhammer - 5
Chiffchaff - 3
Goldcrest - 1
Long T Tit - 19
Pied Wagtail - 9
Skylark - 14
Meadow Pipit - 3
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1
Kingfisher - 2
Little Egret - 1
Med Gull - 1

23 November, 2017

Not a lot of interest around the patch this morning with just 4 Stonechat around West Beach, also 45 Greenfinch amongst the veg shingle there with a single Linnet and 2 Meadow Pipit. At least 3 Bullfinch in the area, and small numbers of Goldcrest amongst the Long T Tit flocks. A  Cetti's Warbler heard from the back of the golf course and a Kingfisher flushed from the sluice. Singles of Jay, Buzzard, Song Thrush and 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker had me heading home.

09 November, 2017

A quick walk covering the back of the golf course up to the Mill cottage and back produced the following.
Goldcrest - 22
Chiffchaff - 1
Blackcap - 1 Female
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Bullfinch - 3
Meadow Pipit - 5
Skylark - 7
Pied Wagtail - 9
Song Thrush - 5
Redpoll - 11
Siskin - 3
Stonechat - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 10

08 November, 2017

Still plenty of Finches on the move this morning with good numbers of Goldfinch moving mainly east. Very quiet offshore on the low tide.

Coal Tit - 1-2
Blackcap - 1 Male
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 9
Goldfinch - c.250
Redpoll - 3
Siskin - 2
Linnet - 7
Meadow Pipit - 25
Pied Wagtail - 7
Skylark - 5
Stonechat - 2
Jay - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Curlew - 9
Dunlin - 1
Sanderling - 3
Brent Geese - 55
Great-crested Grebe - 5

Brent Geese Climping Beach



31 October, 2017

Pretty slow offshore this morning although good numbers of Great-crested Grebe, 2 Rock Pipit on the car park wall, with a Firecrest and a couple of Bullfinch around Atherington Pools.

Red-throated Diver - 1w
Common Scoter - 9w
Wigeon - 3w
Shelduck - 2w
Brent Geese - 8w 6e
Gannet - 1w
Red-breasted Merganser - 3w
Great-crested Grebe - 13+
Oystercatcher - 5e
Med Gull - 1e
Little Egret - 1
Firecrest - 1
Rock Pipit - 2
Redpoll - 4
Bullfinch - 2
Siskin - 5
Meadow Pipit - 15
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 5
Pied Wagtail - 17
Grey Partridge - 10
Coal Tit - 1 rope walk


Rock Pipits

Great-crested Grebe


30 October, 2017

Well over a thousand Goldfinch moving east, and 2 Egyptian Geese flying west at west beach were the only highlights of this sunny bright cold morning. Combined totals below.

Egyptian Geese - 2w
Shelduck - 8w
Brent Geese - 17w
Red-breasted Merganser - 2w
Great-crested Grebe - 6 
Grey Plover - 11
Common Sandpiper - 2
Sanderling - 1w
Coal Tit - 1
Treecreeper - 2
Bullfinch - 3
Goldfinch - c.1000 
Redpoll - 3
Siskin - 11
Linnet - 40
Chiffchaff - 11
Goldcrest - 19
Swallow - 3
Stonechat - 2
Pied Wagtail - 11
Meadow Pipit - 15
Skylark - 41
Grey Partridge - 10
Grey Heron - 1
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3




27 October, 2017

Good numbers of Wood Pigeon moving west through the patch this morning with well over a thousand  birds seen. Various Finches still moving through, with smaller numbers of Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Pied Wagtail still present.

Peregrine - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Greylag Goose - 12
Grey Partridge - 12
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Great-spotted Woodepcker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Wood Pigeon - 1100+  
Song Thrush - 4
Mistle Thrush - 1
Stonechat - 5
Goldcrest - 20
Firecrest - 2 first wood
Blackcap - 2
Goldfinch - c.200

26 October, 2017

A lot of activity in first wood this morning with the good numbers of both Fire and Goldcrest present.

Firecrest - 12
Goldcrest - 65
Chiffchaff - 14
Whitethroat - 1
Blackcap - 3
Stonechat - 3
Bullfinch - 2
Redwing - 4
Song Thrush - 7
Skylark - 8
Jay - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Common Sandpiper - 2
Grey Heron - 3

25 October, 2017

A miserable wet dark morning found myself wondering if I should return home for an hour or so. A Ring Ouzel amongst several Blackbirds around the old camp site made me glad I didn't. At least 4 Firecrest in the area with 1 at Kents and 3 in longwood.

Received a report of a Short-eared Owl in the dunes at 10.25. Disturbed by walkers then dropped back into the dunes, also 6 Swallow.

Ring Ouzel - 1
Firecrest - 4
Chiffchaff - 11
Goldcrest - 21
Bullfinch - 2
Wheatear - 4
Blackcap - 2
Stonechat - 3
Treecreeper - 1
Redpoll - 5
Siskin - 15
Meadow Pipit - 90
Skylark - 9
Goldfinch - 45
Linnet - 19
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Curlew - 3
Brent Geese - 13w
Med Gull - 17

Wheatear car park
Kestrel camp site

Goldcrest longwood

24 October, 2017

Same number of Goldcrest and Chiffs as yesterday, but now with 2 Firecrest in 1st wood from the back of the golf course.  Around the Bailiffscourt/Atherington area despite good coverage there were few birds with just a single Firecrest, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and 2 Jay.

23 October, 2017

A couple of Firecrest in the patch this morning, at First and Long wood. 10 each of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff, a couple of Blackcap, 5 Grey Partridge, 3 Swallow and a single of Redwing .

22 October, 2017

Finches and Meadow Pipits on the move but only in small flocks this morning, very quiet offshore. 

Brent Geese - 10w
Common Scoter - 4e
Wigeon - 4w
Great-crested Grebe - 3 
Mediterranean Gull - 45
Siskin - 4
Redpoll - 2
Swallow - 1
Skylark - 6
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 2
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 15
Chiffchaff - 16
Goldcrest - 12
Blackcap - 2
Reed Bunting - 2
Peregrine - 1

21 October, 2017

A brisk south west didn't produce the desired results with measly totals below.

Brent Geese - 80w
Red-breasted Merganser - 5w
Great-crested Grebe - 2w 1os 
Common Scoter - 1
Wigeon - 6w
Gannet - 11w 1e
Kittiwake - 2w
Mediterranean Gull - 12
Grey Plover - 3w
Dunlin - 5w
Sanderling - 25w
Ringed Plover - 7w
Turnstone - 52w
Curlew - 2
Little Egret - 2
Kestrel - 1

Yesterday records all heading west;
Pochard - 3
Teal - 2
Pintail - 1
Common Scoter - 4
Brent Goose - 13
Dunlin - 13
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
Gannet - 10+

19 October, 2017

Records recieved for today around the patch;

Goldcrest - 27
Chiffchaff - 19
Blackcap - 1
Firecrest - 2 mill and tamarisks at Climping
Stonechat - 9
Grey Partridge - 20
Rock Pipit - 2
Goldfinch - 160 E
Swallow  - 3

17 October, 2017

Good coverage around the patch today and with combined totals, far fewer finches on the move move. The only surprise was a close inshore Great-Northern Diver moving west early morning. 

Great-northern Diver - 1w 08:12 
Razorbill - 1w
Brent Geese - 2w
Eider - 2
Gannet - 4w
Shag - 1
Wigeon - 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 6
Mediteranean Gull - 25
Brambling - 1
Redpoll - 15
Siskin - 38
Rock Pipit - 1
Firecrest - 1 1st wood
Goldcrest - 44
Blackcap - 6
Reed Bunting - 4
Stonechat - 10
Grey Partridge - 5
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1
Still plenty of Goldcrest in the area

2 Eider offshore Climping Beach

Grey Partridge Mill

Stonechat 



16 October, 2017

A large movement of Finches this morning with over 1300 Goldfinch moving east up until 12:30. A couple of Firecrest amongst the large numbers of Goldcrest in the area at Atherington and a a late Hobby in the hotel grounds.

Hobby - 1
Firecrest - 2
Goldcrest - 37
Chiffchaff - 15
Brambling - 1
Redpoll - 12
Siskin - 53
Goldfinch - c.1300
Linnet - c.100
Pied Wagtail - 25
Stonechat - 6
Reed Bunting - 1
Meadow Pipit - 45
Skylark - 77
Swallow - 26
House Martin - 4
Eider - 2e
Red-throated Diver - 1 
Gannet - 3e
Curlew - 6
Med Gull - 10
Lapwing - c.100


Hobby Bailiffscourt

Stonechat Atherington

12 October, 2017

Not a great deal around this morning with Finches and Meadow Pipits featuring strongly around West Beach this morning.
Wheatear - 2
Stonechat - 6
Skylark - 47
Siskin - 10
Goldfinch - c.90
Linnet - 40
Meadow Pipit - c.100
Pied Wagtailm - 75
Blackcap - 5
Chiffchaff - 8
Goldcrest - 11
Reed Bunting - 1
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Eider - 2 west beach
Little Egret - 2
Swallow - c.150
House Martin - 30


Wheatear
Meadow Pipit

Stonechat golf

Peregrine

11 October, 2017

Climping Beach from 02:15 with nothing moving offshore except a few Gannets, 4 Great-crested Grebe on the sea, 4 Sanderling flew west and a single Auk sp. The highlight if you could call it that was the presence 3 Rock Pipit on the beach.

One of three Rock Pipit Climping Beach

08 October, 2017

Finches present in good numbers this morning  as well as Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail, a female Bullfinch calling from the paddock at Climping was a surprise.
Siskin - 25
Bullfinch - 1
Goldfinch - c.175
Linnet - 50
Meadow Pipit - 90
Pied Wagtail - 150+
Skylark - 10
Stonechat - 5
Song Thrush - 5
Reed Bunting - 1
Chiffchaff - 19
Goldcrest - 13
Buzzard - 1
Jay - 2
Mediterranean Gull - 105
Great-crested Grebe - 7


Bullfinch 
Stonechat 6/10/2017
A sea watch from the car park at 15:15 yesterday for an hour produced 225 Brent Geese moving west, also 15 Wigeon, several of both Gannet and Med Gull and a Great-crested Grebe on the sea.

06 October, 2017

2 Dartford Warbler in the Tamerisk at Climping Beach this morning 100yds west of the Car Park. Singles of Eider and Great-c- Grebe on the sea, 65w Brent Geese and plenty of Med Gull patrolling the beach, with small numbers of Sandwich Tern and Gannet also on the move. Up to 12 Stonechat, 9 Wheatear in the area and plenty of Meadow Pipit in the fields with several small flocks in off the sea.

03 October, 2017

Again nothing to get excited about, with a few more Finches on the move and still plenty of Med Gull in the fields. The four Whinchat still present in the rife from bread lane and 2 Shag on the sea at Climping Beach. A White Stork reported over the river mouth at 11:15 was not seen again.Still plenty of hirundine on the move with good numbers of prodomintly House Martin early morning.

Redpoll - 2
Siskin -10
Whinchat - 4
Stonechat - 3
Pied Wagtail - 80+
Meadow Pipit - c.200
Linnet - c.120
Goldfinch - 50
Chiffchaff - 29
Goldcrest - 19
Whitethroat - 2
Blackcap - 6
Wheatear - 5
Grey Partridge - 10
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 1
Lapwing - 1
Green Woodpecker - 3
Med Gull - 150+
Shag - 2 
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 2


Party of four Whinchat
Treecreeper Atherington
Wheatear
Kestrel
1st win Med Gull


02 October, 2017

Glad  to see that the  Alpine Swift seen in the patch on the 12th April 2017 by Richard Pulley and now officially added to the Climping Gap list.


A nice bight morning turning more blustery my mid morning. The highlight being a Hobby flying over West Beach dunes and out to sea. Four Whinchat in the rife looking east from bread lane.

Hobby - 1
Whinchat - 4
Stonechat - 8
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Chiffchaff - 17
Goldcrest - 15
Wheatear - 9
Blackcap - 3
Meadow Pipit - 150+
Pied Wagtail - 25
Grey Wagtail - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 2
Treecreeper - 1
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 2
Jay - 2
Little Egret - 1
Grey Heron - 3
Med Gull - 100+



01 October, 2017

A Pied Flycatcher at Kents Cottages and a Whinchat in the paddock were the only reports today.

Yesterday concentrating on the Atherington/Bailiffscourt area produced 15 Goldcrests, 20 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 15 Swallows, 40 Goldfinch and 6 Skylarks over.  Nothing moving over the sea.
 
 

28 September, 2017

Good numbers of Meadow Pipits in all the fields around the patch this morning, 4 Firecrest and a Redstart being the best of the rest.

Firecrest - 4 Bottom Longwood
Redstart - 1 Camp Site
Whinchat - 2
Stonechat - 7
Chiffchaff - 25
Goldcrest - 15
Skylark - 9
Grey Wagtail - 3
Yellow Wagatil - 16
Pied Wagtail - 23
Whitethroat - 4
Blackcap - 29
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Med Gull - 3

Firecrest

Whinchat

Yellow Wagtail
Peregrine


27 September, 2017

A Woodlark seen in flight over the golf course and calling was the highlight of the morning. Supporting cast of Hobby in fields hunting north of the Mill and 3 Whinchat around the paddock.

Woodlark - 1
Skylark - 15
Chiffchaff - 30+
Goldcrest - 17
Blackcap - 35
Whitethroat - 1
Whinchat - 3
Stonechat - 9
Grey Wagtail - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 4
Pied Wagtail - 35
Meadow Pipit - 70+ east
Goldfinch - c.150
Siskin - 2
Reed Bunting - 1
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 3
Grey Partridge - 11
Hobby - 1
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2

24 September, 2017

Bits and bobs about this morning but still nothing special, a continuous trickle of Swallow and House Martin moving through and plenty of Meadow Pipits in the fields.

Grasshopper Warbler - 1 golf course
Reed Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Tree Pipit - 1
Whinchat - 1
Wheatear - 2
Meadow Pipit - c.100
Blackcap - 12
Chiffchaff - 27
Goldcrest - 16
Goldfinch - 40
Skylark - 7
Grey Wagtail - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 5
Pied Wagtail - 7
Treecreeper - 1
Hobby - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 2
Grey Partridge - 19
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 2

Whinchat fields north of golf course