Little Egret - Climping 14/02/21

31 December, 2020

From the River bank, from the track opposite Tortington Lane, Mute Swan numbers up to 40, c.200 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover flew over calling, a cream capped Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, and good numbers of Yellowhammer and Skylark.

A quick look around Marsh Farm produced Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, and 2 Chiffchaff.

30 December, 2020

Movement again offshore from Poole Place this morning but sadly to distant to identify. (OM)

Red-throated Diver - 3E 1 os
Razorbill - 2
Shag - 1E
Red-breasted Merganser - 12
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Brent Geese - 30W
Med Gull - 22
Sanderling - 4
Ringed Plover - 1
Chiffchaff - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 22
Buzzard - 1
Jay - 2

A hour this afternoon at Climping beach was rather quiet with just 3 Red-throated Diver west, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great-crested Grebe, 17 Med Gull, 12 Oystercatcher and a single Meadow Pipit.

Yesterdays highlight was a Great-northern Diver, close inshore at Climping Beach, (AH), with small numbers of Brent Geese moving east and west.

28 December, 2020

Good variety seen in around the patch this morning with the highlights being 2 Velvet Scoter moving west (09:20) and further along the coast at Elmer/Middleton a Slavonian Grebe and a Merlin reported, lots of birds sadly moving distantly offshore. 

Velvet Scoter - 2W
Great-northern Diver - 2W
Red-throated Diver - 4W 1E
Diver sp -3W 1E
Med Gull - 15E 9W
Gannet - 25W
Brent Geese - 17E 10W
Shag - 1W
Teal - 23W
Shelduck - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 25 offshore
Great-crested Grebe - 1W
Oystercatcher - 12
Dunlin - 3W
Sanderling 2E 
Buzzard - 2
Pied Wagtail - 7
Meadow Pipit - 1
Skylark - 4
Jay - 1

27 December, 2020

Late start, but very quiet this morning compared from yesterday.

Red-throated Diver - 2W
Brent Geese - 13W
Common Scoter - 5 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 9 os
Great-crested Grebe - 2W
Sanderling 11W
Ringed Plover - 40
Dunlin -3
Oystercatcher - 10

From the river bank east of Tortington found good numbers of Yellowhammer, Skylark, Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit in the fields east of the river, also the following.

Red Kite - 1
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 1
Mute Swan - 28
Common Sandpiper - 3
Oystercatcher - 1
Redshank - 1
Stonechat - 1
Chiffchaff- 1

Red Kite preformed well in good light



One of three Common Sandpiper

Hundreds of Gannet moving west at distant this morning, also many Auks.

Great Skua - 1E
Red-throated Diver - 4W 1os
Med Gull - 10
Common Scoter - 1
Wigeon - 5W
Shelduck 2W
Brent Geese - c.150+ 
Pale-bellied Brent Goose - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 20
Great-crested Grebe 3os 1E
Dublin - 2W
Oystercatcher - 10

Common Scoter with Brents

20 December, 2020

An afternoon walk after the rain, found nothing in the fields, but hundreds of Gulls distantly moving west.

Red-throated Diver 1W
Med Gull - 10W
Red-breasted Merganser - 4W
Oystercatcher - 20
Sanderling - 3
Turnstone - c.50
Chiffchaff - 1
Goldcrest - 4
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 11
Skylark - 18
Meadow Pipit - 1
Stonechat - 1
Jay - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1

16 December, 2020

Sea watch from Elmer Rocks from 08:55- 10:55 (OM)

Red-throated Diver 1E, 1W
Great-norther Diver - 1os
Diver sp - 2E
Brent Geese 176E, 3W
Eider - 1W
Common Scoter - 5W
Red-breasted Merganser - 8W
Razorbill - 2W
Auk sp - c.60 moving offshore
Kittiwake - c.80W, 20E
Med Gull - 2W

15 December, 2020

Checking the fields north of Ford Railway station found only 28 Mute Swan, but two Marsh Harrier east of the River opposite the Tortington turn off from Ford Road. Also singles of Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff,  2 Stonechat and 100+ Lapwing.  

Marsh Harrier

Yellow cap & dark Juv with tag

Common Sandpiper


12 December, 2020

A walk around Marsh Farm this morning found a Green Sandpiper showing well in the field opposite Peregrine House from Ford Lane,  also 3 Bullfinch, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, and 3 Gadwall the only other birds of note.

A few stops around around the patch this morning found 4 Golden Plover in fields south off Ferry Road, also a single Mistle Thrush and 10 Song Thrush from Kents Farm.

09 December, 2020

A quick look around Climping this afternoon found c.450 Brent Geese in the field east of the Mill, 7 Skylark and a Grey Wagtail.

07 December, 2020

 An afternoon visit to Climping beach found several Divers on the sea with at least 9 present, drifting slowly west, also 3W 1E Diver sp. Also on the sea 1 Guillemot, 14 Wigeon, 20+ Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Great-crested Grebe, and 1E Common Scoter. Along the shoreline and in the fields, 40 Sanderling, 19 Grey Plover, 85 Turnstone, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Skylark and 1 Jay.

Red-throated Divers off Climping Beach

06 December, 2020

The 3 White-fronted Geese with a single Brent, seen on west beach, then again at the bottom of longwood and finally settled north of the golf course behind first wood.

White-fronted Geese - 3
Brent Geese - 1
Brambling - 1 hrd atherington pools
Water Rail - 1
Grey Heron - 5
Kingfisher - 1
Redshank - 1
Oystercatcher - 1
Turnstone - 2
Sanderling - 7
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1
Skylark - 5
Stonechat - 2
Song Thrush - 3
Goldcrest - 5
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1

White-fronts west beach

bottom of longwood


3 Egyptian Geese in fields north of the Knucker hole, also 160+ Lapwing in the area.



02 December, 2020

This morning covered the area from Kents Farm to the sea and back, finding the White-fronts still present and an increase in Brent Geese numbers. (RP)

White-fronted Geese - 3
Brent Geese - 891
Red-throated Diver - 2
Med Gull - 6
Auk sp - 1
Turnstone - 20
Buzzard - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Pied Wagtail - 10
Grey Wagtail - 1
Skylark - 3
Chiffchaff - 1

01 December, 2020

 3 White-fronted Geese with c.350 Brent Geese in fields west of the Mill until 14:00 at least. Also 40 Grey Plover west beach, singles of Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, and 5 Skylark, 3 Great-crested Grebe on the sea and several of both Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit in the setaside field.

3 White-fronted Geese