Little Egret - Climping 14/02/21

31 March, 2020

A Yellow Wagtail over the golf course and a Firecrest first wood being the only birds of note.

Yellow Wagtail - 1
Firecrest - 1
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 8
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 3
Skylark - 10
Meadow Pipit - 7
Linnet - 15
Mistle Thrush - 2
Song Thrush - 6
Stock Dove - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Common Sandpiper - 1 
Dunlin - 3
Sanderling - 27
Oystercatcher - 2 river
Ringed Plover - 4
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 15
Gannet - 7e
Red-throated Diver - 1w
Common Scoter 8 os


Poor image of Firecrest

Common Sand River

Reed Bunting golf course

Stock Dove Kents

30 March, 2020

A Marsh Harrier 08:15, east over the dunes at West Beach was the highlight of the walk this morning.

Marsh Harrier - 1
Buzzard - 3
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Redwing - 1
Mistle Thrush - 3
Song Thrush - 3
Blackcap - 4
Chiffchaff - 11
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Reed Bunting - 1
Stonechat - 1
Bullfinch - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Stock Dove - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 3
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 2
Linnet - c.50
Meadow Pipit - 23
Skylark - 9
Common Sandpier - 1 river
Redshank - 1
Sanderling - 40
Turnstone - 60
Ringed Plover - 12
Red-breasted Merganser - 30
Great-crested Grebe - 2

Blackcap First wood

Redwing Kents

Mistle Thrush Kents

Ringed Plover Golf course

27 March, 2020

Quiet again with only another Red Kite over Bailiffscourt of note. 

26 March, 2020

Two Red Kite seen this morning over Atherington and Littlehampton, also 3 White Stork over the Littlehampton

Chiffchaff - 8
Goldcrest - 1
Blackcap - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Song Thrush - 6
Great- spotted Woodpecker - 2
Meadow Pipit - 10
Linnet - 6
Skylark - 9
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Grey Partridge - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Ringed Plover - 8
Sanderling - 17
Turnstone - 80
Med Gull - 1 1st win
Gannet - 5E 2W
Great-crested Grebe - 2 
Red-breasted Merganser - 9
Redshank - 1 river

Received a report of a Marsh Harrier seen over Bailiffscourt on the 23rd 

25 March, 2020


Elmer Rocks 07:30-10:30 Another sunny and spring-like day with a light to moderate but slightly chilly ESE wind and a cloudless blue sky. Another visit to the local beach – which will doubtless soon become a habit – but it came up trumps again with a flock of 4 Spoonbills heading east at 0840hrs followed fairly soon after by a flock of 6 Little Gulls. Log below…. (OM)

Gannet – 6os
Great Crested Grebe – 1E, 2os
Brent Goose – 59E
Common Scoter – 20E
Red-breasted Merganser – 6 os
Pintail – 2E
Buzzard – 1
Spoonbill – 4E came from way round to the west
Sandwich Tern -1E
Little Gull – 6E
Linnet -3E
Wheatear 1 flew into Poole Place from beach


Other commitments meant a late visit to the golf course.

Wheatear - 1
White Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 7
Chiffchaff - 6
Goldcrest - 1
Reed Bunting - 2
Linnet - c.60
Meadow Pipit - 15
Skylark - 9
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Grey Heron - 1
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
White Wagtail

Stonechat

Meadow Pipit

Linnet
Pied Wagtail


21 March, 2020

Breezy conditions this morning in the patch with several eyes not producing anything of note. (MO)

Grey Heron - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 7
Great-crested Grebe -  3 one on river
Redshank - 1
Turnstone- 45
Sanderling - 15
Med Gull - 10
Gannet - 2e
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1e
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 2
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1
Cettis Warbler - 2 hrd
Golcrest - 2
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 9
Skylark - 12
Linnet - 5
Pied Wagtail - 6
Meadow Pipit - 7
Song Thrush - 3
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 1
Coal Tit - 1

20 March, 2020

An unimpressive morning with a Firecrest being the only bird of note. Double figures of Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Skylark, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail heard only from the reedbed. Peregrine present from the tower with Buzzard and Kestrel observed. Offshore again very quiet with 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great-crested Grebe and 3 Gannet moving east. 20 Sanderling and 50 Turnstone on the shoreline.

19 March, 2020

Today's highlights include the first hirundine seen this spring and of  a Tawny Owl heard from the golf course.(RP,ES)

Sand Martin - 2
Reed Bunting - 2 males
Firecrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 22
Cetti's Warbler - 2  heard
Teal - 2
Wigeon -2
Shoveler - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 3

18 March, 2020

The Little Ringed Plover  and White Wagtail still present this morning, also a Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff around Atherington Pools.

17 March, 2020

With a bit of a clear out overnight, it was a surprise to find the Little Ringed Plover still in situ. Good numbers of Chiffchaff and a White Wagtail in the horse paddock, being the only notables, but no sign of any Wheatear.

Little Ringed Plover - 1
White Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 15
Firecrest - 1 first wood
Chiffchaff - 21
Goldcrest - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Reed Bunting - 2
Skylark - 17
Meadow Pipit - 3
Song Thrush - 4
Green Woodpecker - 2
Peregrine - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 1
Turnstone - 80
Sanderling - 22
Ringed Plover - 10
Little Egret - 1
Med Gull - c.50
Red-breasted Merganser - 12
Brent Geese - c.55 e

Reed Bunting Climping Beach
Onto Marsh Farm late morning, all very quiet around the pools.

Firecrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 5
Goldcrest - 2
Bullfinch - 2
Fieldfare - 1
Yellowhammer - 2
Skylark - 5
Pied Wagtail - 2
Buzzard - 4
Sparrowhawk - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Cormorant - 2
Gadwall - 4
Pochard - 1

Just a single Fieldfare
North of the Knuckerhole with the hightlight being a Sand Martin flying north over the fields.

Red Kite - 1
Chiffchaff - 2
Sand Martin - 1
Lapwing - 20
Little Egret - 1
Reed Bunting - 1
Linnet - 6
Gadwall - 4
Wigeon - 12
Tufted Duck - 9

16 March, 2020

A lovely spring morning on the patch with signs of Spring certaintly in full flow with 2 Red Kite drifting over the Marina at 07:40, good numbers of both Wheatear, Chiffchaff and 3 Firecrest in the area.(RP,ES)

Red Kite - 2 
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Grey Heron - 4 nesting
Little Egret - 1
Sanderling - 8
Med Gull - 5
Red breasted Merganser- 7
Great crested Grebe - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Turnstone - 5
GSWP - 1
Stonechat - 2
Wheatear - 15
Meadow  Pipit - 25
Skylark -10
Goldcrest - 1
Firecrest - 3
Chiffchaffs - 16
Blackcap - 4

Cetti's Warbler - 1

A late afternoon visit to the patch and with the sun still shinning, produced  a Little Ringed Plover in the fields east of the paddock from bread lane.

Little Ringed Plover - 1
Firecrest - 1 kents cottages
Chiffchaff - 5
Wheatear - 5 south from ferry rd
Song Thrush - 5
Pied Wagtail - 8
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Med Gull - 10
Common Gull - 5
Red-breasted Merganser -  3w 2 os
Great-crested Grebe - 1 os
Grey Heron - 1
Buzzard - 2




15 March, 2020

First Wheatear of the spring west of the car park at Climping this morning. (DB)

12 March, 2020

Marsh Farm this morning with a singing Firecrest again around the Farm being the highlight.

Firecrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 5
Cetti's Warbler - 3 hrd
Yellowhammer - 3
Skylark - 10
Meadow Pipit - 3
Buzzard - 4
Sparrowhawk - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1
Gadwall - 12
Pochard - 5
Tufted Duck - 2
Cormorant - 3
Water Rail - 1 hrd
Stock Dove - 2

Tufted Duck

Pochard & Gadwall

Chichaff

Fox
Climping this afternoon with again the high tides causing major flooding.




Chiffchaff - 2
Mistle Thrush - 2
Kestrel - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Jay - 1
Pied Wagtail - 10
Meadow Pipit - 4
Skylark - 12
Linnet - 5
Ringed Plover - 
Turnstone - 75
Sanderling - c.80
Grey Plover - 15
Med Gull - c.100
Lesser BB Gull - 2
Common Gull - 10




Ringed Plover

Turnstone

09 March, 2020

Records for yesterday 8th March.
Highlight of the walk was at the beginning with an adult male Red-breasted Merganser hauled up out of the water just north of the foot bridge and before the Marina. Probably not in good health, but hopefully will recover.(MD)

Redshank - 8
Common Sandpiper - 1
Oystercatcher - 2
Mediterranean Gull - 1
Cetti’s Warbler - 1 (close to start of walk)

07 March, 2020

As of yesterday with added extras of Mistle Thush, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Partridge and 2 Bullfinch. (BA,ES)

Bullfinch Atherington

Sanderling Climping 

06 March, 2020

Very quiet in the patch this morning with again very little offshore.(BA,ES)

Med Gull - c.150
Common Gull - 15
Great-crested Grebe - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 10
Chiffchaff - 2
Stonechat - 2
Meadow Pipit - 9
Skylark - 7
Pied Wagtail - 6
Reed Bunting - 1
Song Thrush - 4
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Stock Dove - 2
Dunlin - 12
Grey Plover - 35
Turnstone - c.100
Oystercatcher - 3
Buzzard - 4
Kestrel - 1
Sarrowhawk - 1

Singing Chiffchaff Atherington
 Not quite on the patch, but just before noon on the falling tide on the newly-emergent sand at the west end of East Beach (by the harbour mouth) there were 285 Sanderlings. They had flown in just prior to that in two or three large groups from Climping direction. All very excitable, ignoring even close people and dogs, and feeding very intently. Counted twice so the number accurate. Not seen that number in that concentration before, presumably some migration going on. (MD)

03 March, 2020

A lovely sunny morning at Climping this morning with at last a little variety in the form of a local rarity with a Nuthatch at Atherington, also there a Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff and a Red Kite drifted north west over the cottages.

Nuthatch - 1
Firecrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 3
Goldcrest - 3
Skylark - 13
Pied Wagtail - 10
Meadow Pipit - 2
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 5
Stonechat - 2
Red Kite - 1
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Sanderling - 40
Dunlin - 1
Grey Plover - 10
Ringed Plover - 19
Oystercatcher - 6
Red-breasted Merganser - 5
Med Gull - c.250
Common Gull - 25


Singing Skylark

Flooded field south of Primary School

Ad Sum Med Gull

1st Win Med Gull


 Good numbers of Wigeon on the Knuckerhole, large flock of Lapwing by the railway track north of there and a Red Kite showing well.

Wigeon - 20
Tufted Duck - 5
Little Grebe - 2
Snipe - 2
Lapwing - c.130
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1
Mute Swan - 6
Reed Bunting - 2
Redwing - 17
Fieldfare - 40
Red Kite - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 2
Chiffchaff - 1
Goldcrest - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd
Meadow Pipit - 2
Linnet - c.50


Lapwing present in good numbers



Red Kite showed well

02 March, 2020

Back of the golf course this morning being fairly quiet with just a couple of Chiffchaff, First wood and the Mill, with the highlight being a Peregrine hunting over the fields north of the Golf Course.

Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 3
Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 1
Skylark - 10
Meadow Pipit - 3
Pied Wagtail - 9
Greenfinch - 9
House Sparrow - 3
Song Thrush - 8
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Mute Swan - 2
Grey Heron - 2
Water Rail - 1 heard
Med Gull - c.50
Common Gull - 17

House Sparrow Kents


Marsh Farm early afternoon in bright conditions, again fairly quiet.

Gadwall - 16
Mute Swan - 2
Cormorant - 6
Grey Heron - 3
Nuthatch - 1
Chiffchaff - 4
Pied Wagtail - 7
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Bullfinch - 1
Redwing - 7
Skylark - 
Buzzard - 3
Kestrel - 1

Gadwall big pool