Little Egret - Climping 14/02/21

28 February, 2014

A walk around Marsh Farm this morning proved very fruitfull with the area still flooded. A Bittern was flushed from the corner of the big pool, and had at least 6 Little Gull with C200 Black-headed Gull. 2 squealing Water Rail and a Cetti's Warbler heard added to the morning totals that also included 30 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 2 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard and a male Bullfinch.

27 February, 2014

A Firecrest in bushes on the right hand side of the entrance to Bailiffscourt late morning, also 2 Little Gull flying west over bread lane then out to sea, c120 Sanderling, 7 Med Gull,  2 Buzzard and 30 Linnet moving north east. 1cy Kumlien's Gull still present from the river mouth.

Details of a Med Gull seen by Richard Pulley on 10.00am on Friday 21st February 2014 at  West Beach,  Littlehampton, green ring on its right leg number 505.

First rung on 14/09/2008 in Heauville Manche France, then first seen in England on 20/09/2009  at Folkstone Copt Point Kent.

26 February, 2014

The Kumlien's and Glaucous Gull still present at the river mouth from West Beach this afternoon, also 80 Med Gull mainly west this morning from Climping car park, also 65 Sanderling, 405 Turnstone, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove and 3 Buzzard.
Glaucous Gull
Kumlien's Gull
Common Dolphin washed up on West Beach Mon 24th Pic by Mrs Bowley

21 February, 2014

The Kumlien's and Glaucous Gull again present from the river mouth, also c120 Mediterranean Gull on the beach from Climping to the river at 09:30 before most being flushed by dog walkers. c200 Turnstone, 2 Redshank, c30 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 20ish Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk.

20 February, 2014

2 Little Gull in the flooded field off Climping beach this afternoon, along with several Med Gull, 1w Kittiwake and 3 Buzzard.

The Kumlien's and Glaucous Gull still present morning at the river mouth this morning. Also c80 Med Gull in the patch, 1 Little Gull and 2w Kittiwake off limping Beach with one being badly oiled, and 20 Brent Geese and 1 Diver sp east early morning.

19 February, 2014

The Kumlien's and 2nd year Glaucous Gull still present from the river mouth today still favouring the east arm. Also around the patch today 1 Little Gull, 20 Med Gull mainly from Climping moving east, c150 Turnstone, 65 Oystercatcher, 23 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 37 Sanderling and 1 Stonechat.
Little Gull
Glaucous Gull


Kumlien's Gull

18 February, 2014

The Kumliens, Glaucous and 2 Little Gull still present from the river mouth today, also c40 Med Gull offshore along with several  Red-breasted Merganser moving.  9w Common Scoter, 38e 2w Brent Geese, 1 Guillemot close inshore, c200 Turnstone on the break water and a  fem Stonechat west beach.  Reports today of 2 Dead Puffins and 4 Razorbill being washed up in the last few days.

17 February, 2014

The Kumlien's, Glaucous  and a Little Gull present at the river mouth this morning, also a Peregrine Falcon in the area.

16 February, 2014

The Kumlien's and Glaucous Gull still present from the river mouth this afternoon, also 1 Guilemot close inshore at Climping and 2 Kittiwake roosting in the flooded field, along with 65 Oystercatcher. Also in the patch today a Yellowhammer reported from the dunes, c140 Turnstone and 3 Buzzard.
Kittiwake Climping
A walk up the River this morning produced 2 Common Sandpiper, 17 Redshank, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Fieldfare, and 20 Lapwing.

15 February, 2014

The Kumlien's Gull still present today at the river mouth along with 5-7 Little Gull, and a Kittiwake roosting on the golf course. The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull has been relocated further east on the beach at Rustington. Also today 1 Sparrowhawk, 130 Turnstone, 23 Grey Plover, 40 Sanderling and 65 Oystercatcher.
Couple of overexposed shots
1st Year Kumlien's Gull

Always nice to see
Little Gull
one of several in the river mouth today


14 February, 2014

The Kumlien's Gull still present from the river mouth late afternoon, along with singles of Little Gull,  Med Gull, and Kittiwake.

12 February, 2014

Kumlien's Gull showing well in its favourite late afternoon spot, on the breakwater at the mouth of the Arun.Two adult Little Gulls also there and two Med Gulls. Earlier from 08.00 - 09.30 2nd winter Glaucous Gull close to coastguard shelter, and a Kittiwake seen roosting on the golf course.
2nd winter Glaucous Gull by R.Pulley

11 February, 2014

The Juv Kumlien's Gull still present from the river mouth along with a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull present until 16:20 at least. Also present 2 ad Med Gull and the adult Glaucous seen earlier this morning.
2nd Winter Glaucous Gull
Seen from the river mouth
Up the River from the Marina were singles of Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and 3 Redshank.

10 February, 2014

The Juv Kumlien's Gull still present today feeding in the river mouth on east beach from 10:00am, also the adult Glaucous Gull, flew east from east beach early morning and was relocated on the beach opposite the Leisure Centre. 1e Little Gull, 1 Med Gull, 1 Guillemot, 140 Turnstone, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Meadow Pipit, singles of Redshank and Common Sandpiper at the Marina.



09 February, 2014

The Kumlien's Gull still present today along the adult Glaucous and 4 Little Gull present 2 adults 1 1st winter and 1 2nd winter.
Glaucous Gull

Little Gull
Kumlien's Gull

Above four pics by Harry Ramm

4 Pics above of the Kumlien's Gull by M Booker

08 February, 2014

The adult Glaucous Gull was again seen at West Beach by the river mouth and on the Golf Course throughout the day, and also 2 Little Gull present.  Also early morning came the report of a Juvenile Iceland Gull,that flew out to sea from West Beach, later scrutiny reidentified the bird as a KUMLIEN'S GULL, which was still present at 16:00 at least.
Glaucous Gull West Beach
Pics supplied by M.Booker