Azure Tit Kazakhstan May 2017

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