Rock Thrush Morocco April 2016

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

14 March, 2017

Very quiet this morning and again no sign of any Wheatear.

Peregrine - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Med Gull - 2
Little Egret - 1
Brent Geese - 10 e
Red-breasted Merganser - 15 os
Common Sandpiper - 1
Sanderling - 20
Turnstone - 25
Stonechat - 1
Skylark - 4
Meadow Pipit - 14
Chiffchaff - 5
Reed Bunting - 1

13 March, 2017

Lovely sunny morning but no Wheatear's.

Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Peregrine - 1
Curlew - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 6
Great-crested Grebe - 2
Common Scoter - 24
Turnstone - 300
Ringed Plover - 4
Grey Plover - 4
Water Rail - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 2
Skylark - 6
Meadow Pipit 8
Redwing - 3 e
Chiffchaff - 10
Goldcrest - 6
Cetti's Warbler - 1 
Reed Bunting - 4
Siskin 4 e

12 March, 2017

Wheatear arrival

With the visibility being a vast improvement in the weather from the the last couple of days, this morning produced the  first Wheatear's  of the Spring with singles at Climping and West Beach, combined totals below.

Wheatear - 2
Firecrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 7
Goldcrest - 6
Stonechat - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 3
Pied Wagtail - 11
Meadow Pipit - 9
Brent Geese - c.170
Red-breasted Merganser - 12
Great-crested Grebe - 6
Red-throated Diver - 1 os
Common Scoter - 30 os
Sanderling - c.65 w
Oystercatcher - 13
Turnstone - 28
Med Gull - 3
Common Sandpiper - 1 river
Sparrowhawk - 1
Peregrine - 1

Wheatear Climping Beach

11 March, 2017

Another misty foggy morning at the patch with a few new arrivals combined totals below.

Firecrest - 2 golf course & Ath pools
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Goldcrest - 7
Chiffchaff - c.10
Stonechat - 2
Reed Bunting - 2
Coal Tit - 2
Meadow Pipit - c. 45
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Water Rail - 1
Redshank - 1
Turnstone - 20

Yesterday Friday 10th March

Herring Gull - c.70
Lesser B B Gull - 4
Kittiwake - 2
Teal - 2
Shelduck - 8
Chiffchaff - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Kingfisher - 1
Coat Tit - 2

06 March, 2017

Very quiet at Climping this morning with just small numbers of Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser and Great-crested Grebe offshore. Small numbers of Sanderling and Turnstone along the tide line with with singles of Ringed Plover, Curlew and a Med Gull flying east.

Onto Marsh Farm this afternoon which was not a lot better with just  2 Water Rail,  5 Teal, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, 27 Redwing and 3 Buzzard.

Lesser B B Gull Marina

Redwing Marsh Farm

Chiffchaff Marsh Farm

01 March, 2017

Another late morning visit to the patch this morning with the Eider still present off West Beach, 3 Grey Partridge in the paddock off Bread Lane, and a Firecrest with the Tit flock around Atherington Pools. Good numbers of Curlew and Brent Geese still present in Cudlow field off Climping Beach.


Goldcrest Atherington

Green Woodpecker Bailiffscourt

Curlew Cudlow Fields


28 February, 2017

Bright and sunny at Climping late morning but with little evidence of any passage. An Eider offshore from the car park, was the highlight along the usual Red-breasted Merganser and Great-crested Grebe on the sea,  with small numbers of both Med and Common Gull feeding in the surf. C.75 Brent Geese in Cudlow field along with 35 Curlew and 65 Grey Plover flew west.  A Treecreeper and several Goldcrest around Climping Cottages.

21 February, 2017

An afternoon visit to Climping produced more people than birds, 2 Coal Tit around Climping Cottages, and 25 Curlew in the fields being the highlights.

Coal Tit - 2
Goldcrest - 8
Stonechat - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Meadow Pipit - 3
Skylark - 7
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Curlew - 25
Sanderling - 6
Great-crested Grebe - 12 os
Common Scoter - 5 os
Brent Geese - 2w

16 February, 2017

A mild damp cloudy morning around the Farm, producing a couple of new birds for the year and plenty of species in song.

Cetti's Warbler - 2 hrd
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 3
Coal Tit - 1
Bullfinch - 8
Yellowhammer - 4
Reed Bunting - 2
Redwing - 15
Meadow Pipit - 2
Skylark - 7
Grey Wagtail - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Jay - 1
Stock Dove - 1
Buzzard - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Shoveler - 1
Teal - 3
Water Rail - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Cormorant - 2

Bullfinch

Buzzard

Grey Wagtail

A quick afternoon visit to Climping produced 25 Great-crested Grebe on the sea and c.130 Sanderling west in two flocks.  Opposite the entrance to Bailiffscourt amongst the Tit flock there was a couple of Coal Tit and a Firecrest along with many Goldcrest.

Coal Tit

Firecrest

15 February, 2017

From West Beach covering Longwood and the back of the Golf Course proved to be very quiet this morning.

Brent Geese - 150
Mediterranean Gull - 9
Common Gull - 12
Sanderling - 33
Grey Plover - 3e
Curlew - 1e 1w
Shelduck 1e 1w
Red-throated Diver - 1e
Great-crested Grebe - 4os
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Oystercatcher - 2
Meadow Pipit - 5
Skylark - 15
Grey Partridge - 1
Buzzard - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Goldcrest - 7
Chiffchaff - 2
Treecreeper - 1
Wood Pigeon - c.500