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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.