Little Bee-Eater Cameroon Apr 2018

18 July, 2018

A walk up River from the Marina up to the back of Ford Prison produced

Common Sandpiper - 9
Whimbrel - 3
Redshank - 2
Lapwing - 7
Oystercatcher - 4
Grey Heron - 6
Little Egret - 7
Med Gull - 47 with 5 juv
Lesser BB Gull - 7

Common Sandpiper

Good numbers of Med Gull

Whimbrel

Grey Heron

A check at Marsh Farm produced just 2 Green Sandpiper.

Green Sandpiper

13 July, 2018

Not a lot on offer this morning at Climping Beach,  several Med Gull along the shoreline before the appearance of the dog walkers.

Gannet - 2e 1w
Mediterranean Gull - 17 ad 4 juv
Sandwich Tern - 19
Common Tern - 2
Cormorant - 5e 3w
Sand Martin - 4w
Swallow - 2
Swift - 45
Song Thrush - 11
Skylark - 6
Blackcap - 5
Whitethroat - 11
Reed Warbler - 3
Jay - 4
Buzzard - 2
Whimbrel - 1
Oystercatcher - 3
Little Egret - 3


09 July, 2018

A quick mid morning stroll along the beach at Climping produced 15 Med Gull, 2 Dunlin, 12 east Common Scoter, singles of Buzzard, and Sparrowhawk with 4 fledgings.

Dunlin 

Adult Med Gull

Juv Med Gull

08 July, 2018

River walk 6th July

Did the Arundel to LA route this afternoon to check on waders and gulls. It was rising tide so good to assess Common Sand numbers as they pushed up river, but not a lot south of Ford. Also hoped for a Yellow-legged Gull, but no sign yet. Too hot for many passerines.

Main counts from Ship & Anchor to LA (Arundel to LA in brackets):

Common Sand 3 (11)
Lapwing 5 (18)
Med Gull 1 (5)
GBB Gull 4 (5)
Common Gull 0 (4)
Black-headed 105 (275)
Herring Gull 147 (168)
Little Egret 12 (14)
At least 20 Stock Doves south of Ford and a Jay by L Marina the only other things of note, cheers, Martin


05 July, 2018

Good numbers of Swift moving west this morning, counted maybe 50 but probably more along the beach and over the golf course. Meadow Pipit and Linnet present in good numbers along west beach. On the golf course 2 Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, and several of both Reed Warbler and Whitethroat.

Along the beach 2 adult Med Gull, 1 Common Tern and 5 Sandwich Tern with several juv Black-headed Gull along the tideline. Singles of Grey Heron, Little Egret, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, and Grey Partridge.

Meadow Pipit

Reed Bunting

Linnet

25 June, 2018

A lovely sunny morning around the golf course with good evidence of breeding birds that included Mute Swan, Moorhen, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Magpie, and Linnet. Also on offer singles of Little Egret, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler and Grey Partridge.

Meadow Pipit West Beach

Skylark West Beach

Yellowhammer Marsh Farm

15 June, 2018

A quick mooch around the back of the golf course and returning along west beach produced the following.

Cetti's Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 6
Reed Warbler - 9
Blackcap - 7
Chiffchaff - 3
Reed Bunting - 1
Skylark - 6
Meadow Pipit - 8
Buzzard - 1
Swallow - 2
Grey Partridge - 3
Ringed Plover - 2
Whimbrel - 1w

13 June, 2018

The Black Guillemot seen again off Climping Beach this morning, ( RP) also reports of the following.

Grey Heron - 1
Ringed Plover - 2
Buzzard - 1
Swift - 10
Swallow - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Whitethroat - 6
Song Thrush - 2
Reed Warbler - 6
Meadow Pipit - 6

12 June, 2018

No sign of the Black Guillemot this morning  but 6 Common Scoter and 2 Shelduck east, small numbers of both Sandwich Tern and Gannet offshore, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 9 Oystercatcher west and 16 Swift moving east. Also singles of Ringed Plover and  Mistle Thrush and a Seal close inshore near Poole Place.

11 June, 2018

Surprisingly the Black Guillemot still present offshore at Climping Beach this morning, 150 yards from the cafe car park, drifting slowly west towards Poole Place and Elmer Rocks. Easily seen early this morning on a relatively flat calm sea.

Seen again west of Poole Place at 2pm, but distant (MD)

28 May, 2018

Sanderling Poole Place


Whimbrel Poole Place

23 May, 2018

Another fine bright morning, although a tad cold and windy first thing. Good numbers of Gannet again following a pair of trawlers, a single Eider off poole place and at last some House Martin and Swift in off the sea.

Gannet - c.100
Sandwich Tern - 17e 11w
Common Tern 9e 5w
Fulmar - 1e
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Cormorant - 15e 7w
Eider - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 4w
Little Egret - 2
Dunlin - 4w
Ringed Plover - 3
Turnstone - 6
Oystercatcher - 2e 1w
Wheatear - 1
Swallow - 15
House Martin - 4
Swift - 7
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Stock Dove - 4
Jay - 1
Song Thrush - 1
Reed Warbler - 4
Blackcap - 2
Whitethroat - 7
Chiffchaff - 2
Pied Wagtail - 1
Skylark - 4

Eider

Common Tern

Sandwich Tern

19 May, 2018

About the same as yesterday, although a  Spotted Flycatcher around Atherington, Coal Tit and again Little Owl around Bailiffscourt. A Mistle Thrush in poole place gardens which now most of the building works has finished looks encouraging. A Whimbrel and 4 Oystercatcher flew west, with 2 Common Tern lingering offshore with 5 Great-crested Grebe.

Little Owl

Little Egret

Reed Warbler

Whitethroat


18 May, 2018

Not a lot of anything  around the golf course and beyond this morning although Reed, Sedge and Cetti's Warbler still present in song, along with Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. A male Bullfinch, from the back of the footpath, and 4 Grey Partridge in the fields. Sparrowhawk on nest, a couple of Buzzard, Kestrel and Little Owl, with both Great and Green Woodpecker and a Little Egret.

Offshore on a low tide, 19 Mediterranean Gull west, 8 Great-crested Grebe, c.30 Gannet following a pair of trawlers and small numbers of Sandwich Tern.

Grey Partridge

Green Woodpecker

Little Owl

Male Bullfinch

14 May, 2018

Very quiet at Climping this morning with the highlight being a Red Kite drifting overhead east near Climping Primary School. Several Gannets feeding offshore with small numbers of Commic and Sandwich Tern. 4 Great-crested Grebe on the sea, 2 Whimbrel flew west and a single Wheatear at Climping beach. 4 Buzzard, singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Jay.

At Marsh Farm mid afternoon a Red Kite flew north west towards Ford Railway station and a Cuckoo calling and flying around the big pool and a  Great-crested Grebe there. 3 Little Egret along with several Buzzards and Yellowhammers being the best of the rest.

12 May, 2018

A short visit to the patch in cool grey conditions produced good views of two Black Tern feeding offshore.(RP)

Black Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 6
Gannet - 4
Whimbrel 5e 2w
Dunlin - 4
Ringed Plover - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Grey Heron - 4
Little Egret - 1
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1 
Song Thrush - 4
Skylark - 4
Chiffchaff - 6
Blackcap - 5
Whitethroat - 8
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 5
Cetti's Warbler - 1

10 May, 2018

A slow morning offshore at Climping Wednesday morning with a Great Skua and a flock of 60+ Gannets around a pair of trawlers being the main events, and a Common Sandpiper on the breakwaters.


06 May, 2018

The Black Guillemot again off Climping Beach this morning, about 300 yards west of the car park. Little else moving offshore with 7 Bar-tailed Godwit east, and about 40 Gannet again following a pair of trawlers, and small numbers of Commic and Sandwich Tern. Nothing else of note apart from 3 Swift flying  east over the old camp site my first of the year.

Wheatear Bread Lane


Green Woodpecker Kents Cottages

A female Black Redstart on the golf course on Saturday 5th (ES)

04 May, 2018

Very quiet offshore this morning with a flat calm sea, a flock of 50+ Gannet following trawlers slowly east.  

Pied Flycatcher - 1 kents cottages (DB) 

Greylag Geese - 3e
Canada Goose - 1e
Gannet - c.50 following trawlers
Shelduck - 4w
Sandwich Tern - 8e 6w
Turnstone - 25
Great-crested Grebe - 3 
Little Egret - 1
Stock Dove - 2
Whimbrel - 3e
Oystercatcher - 5e
Sanderling - 9
Cormorant - 7
Coal Tit - 1
Chiffchaff - 5
Willow Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 11
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Reed Warbler - 1
Wheatear - 1
Blackcap - 5
White Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 1
Sand Martin - 3
Swallow - 10
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1



Coal Tit

Grey Partridge

Great-spotted Woodpecker


01 May, 2018

No sign of the Black Guillemot, but a few things around from Climping to Poole Place: (MD)
Artic Skua - 1 dark phase east 15:30
Sandwich Tern 2w
Little Tern - 1w
Common Scoter 3w
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Gannets - 10e
Ringed Plover - 1
Sanderling - 7
Turnstone -16


Late visit due to other commitments still added a few year ticks.

Spotted Flycatcher - 1 
Garden Warbler - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Willow Warbler - 6
Chiffchaff - 7
Whitethroat - 10
Wheatear - 7
White Wagtail - 1 
Bullfinch - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Jay - 2
Swallow - 9
Meadow Pipit - 3
Skylark - 5
Med Gull - 1

White Wagtail horse paddock
Spot Fly 1st wood


Linnet west beach

Little Egret golf course

Wheatear horse paddock

30 April, 2018

The Black Guillemot off Climping Beach this afternoon, viewed initially from Poole Place , then flew east and picked up again 200 yards west of the car park. Too wet for the camera, so attempted phone scoping. 


29 April, 2018

A dull grey morning but with a good selection of birds around. Combined totals from (RP & DB)

Black Guillemot - 1 off Poole Place
Grasshopper Warbler - 1
Redstart - 1
Whinchat - 1
Whitethroat - 15
Willow Warbler - 14
Chiffchaff - 6
Blackcap - 8
Reed Warbler - 10
Sedge Warbler - 1
Cetti's warbler - 1
Wheatear - 4
Skylark - 6
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 4
Little Egret - 1
Grey Heron - 3
Short-eared Owl - 1
Buzzard - 1
Gannet - 25+
Great-crested Grebe - 6
Bar-tailed Godwit - 30e
Commic Tern - 10
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1


28 April, 2018

Generally very quiet on a grim grey day, although the highlight was the Black Guillemot again off Climping Beach. (RP)

Black Guillemot - 1
Artic Skua - 1
Commic Tern - 20+
Gannet - 20
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Turnstone - 12
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Grey Heron - 3
Grey Partridge - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Swallow - 32
House Martin - 2
Meadow Pipit - 8
Skylark - 4
Wheatear - 8
Whitethroat - 10
Willow Warbler - 5
Blackcap - 6
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 3

 

27 April, 2018

An hours sea watch from east beach Littlehampton from 09-30 this morning produced the following.(RP)

Gannet- 42e 7w
|Common Scoter - 112e
Fulmar - 1w
Great Skua - 2e
Little Tern - 5e
Sandwich Tern - 4
Commic Tern - 5
Diver - sp 1e
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Swallow - 1
Turnstone - 8

26 April, 2018

A Pied Fly at the start of the footpath from the back of the golf course was the highlight of the morning.

Pied Flycatcher - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 4
Whitethroat - 10
Willow Warbler - 3
Chiffchaff - 4
Blackcap - 12
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Sedge Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 4
Swallow - 7
Song Thrush - 2
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Grey Partridge - 4
Sparrowhawk - 2
Med Gull - 2



Whitethroat west beach

25 April, 2018

A summer plumage Black Guillemot still lurking around Climping Beach and up to Poole Place this morning, seen in flight and wing clapping maybe 200 yards offshore. A Whinchat in the horse paddock with at least 6 Wheatear.

Black Guillemot - 1
Great Skua - 1
Diver sp - 1w
Mediterranean Gull - 25e 6w
Common Tern - 2w
Sandwich Tern - 8w
Gannet - 45w 9e
Common Scoter - 6e
Whimbrel - 17w
Shelduck - 1w
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Grey Partridge - 2
Whinchat - 1
Wheatear - 12
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Whitethroat - 9
Willow Warbler - 2
Chiffchaff - 7
Blackcap - 4
Reed Warbler - 2
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Swallow - 12
Sand Martin - 1
Buzzard - 3




Whinchat Horse Paddock

Wheatear Climping Beach

Whimbrel Poole Place