Little Egret - Climping 14/02/21

28 February, 2021

Good numbers of Skylark in song around the fields along the River east of Tortington this morning in early foggy conditions.

Marsh Harrier - 1
Peregrine - 1
Kestrel - 1
Reed Bunting - 7
Linnet - c.40
Meadow Pipit - 6
Stonechat - 1
Chiiffchaff - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Fieldfare - 7
Mute Swan - 71 
Cormorant - 3
Little Egret - 1
Coot - 1
Common Sandpiper - 2
Redshank - 3

Cormorant 

Meadow Pipit

Marsh Farm late morning with 4 Egyptian Geese on the bigger pool.

Egyptian Geese - 4
Cormorant - 3 
Water Rail - 1 heard
Grey Wagtail - 2
Pied Wagtail - 21
Meadow Pipit - 
Reed Bunting - 1
Yellowhammer - 2
Skylark - 7
Song Thrush - 5
Goldcrest - 1
Chiffchaff - 7
Buzzard - 5
Kestrel - 1

Egyptian Geese on the bigger Pool


Grey Wagtail

A few more Chiffchaff in the area

Buzzard


27 February, 2021

Quite this morning at Climping Beach with the highlight being a Slavonian Grebe moving west off Poole Place, several Med Gulls on the move east and at least two Chiffchaff around Atherington.

Red-throated Diver - 4E 5os 
Diver sp 3E
Shoveler - 2W (PD)
Shelduck - 1 N
Common Scoter - 3 os
Med Gull - 33E 7W
Red-breasted Merganser - c.45 os
Great-crested Grebe - 8 os
Brent Geese - 1E, 1 in field
Cormorant - 9E
Oystercatcher - 7 on beach
Turnstone - 13W
Chiffchaff - 2
Pied Wagtail - 2
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1


Elmer Rocks records for 26th Feb 2021 (OM)

There was nothing really moving, but the flat calm sea enabled good viewing conditions for picking out what was offshore. A Slavonian Grebe was the highlight – albeit a fair way out – but also present were 55 Red-breasted Mergansers, with birds displaying amongst several of the flocks, plus a couple of Great Crested Grebes. Three Mute Swans were also on the sea, before flying west, then east, then settling offshore again, whilst Pintail featured again, with a flock of 4 east. Nine Oystercatchers were on the beach and 24 Turnstones and a single Ringed Plover were roosting on the rocks and finally a Chiffchaff was in the tamarisk hedge adjoining the beach.

23 February, 2021

Sea watch from Elmer Rocks 08:40-11:00 (OM)

Red-throated Diver - 3E
Fulmar - 1W
Gannet - 3W
Brent Geese - 104E
Pintail - 30E
Red-breasted Merganser - 6 os
Razorbill - 2E
Auk sp - 5E


22 February, 2021

Egyptian Geese

Quite offshore this morning at Climping with the highlight being 4 Egyptian Geese picked up on the sea, onto the shoreline briefly before flying off east.

Egyptian Geese - 4E
Red-throated Diver - 7E 6os
Diver sp - 1E
Common Scoter - 7 os
Great-crested Grebe - 11 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 15 os
Med Gull - 16W 17E
Cormorant - 5W 1E
Brent Geese - 14E
Oystercatcher - 6 on beach 3E
Skylark - 4
Stock Dove - 3
Kestrel - 1

Egyptian Geese Climping Beach



21 February, 2021

 Marsh Farm this morning absent of all wildfowl, with several fisherman onsite.

Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 4
Chiffchaff - 5
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Coal Tit - 2
Treecreeper - 1
Grey Wagtail - 2
Pied Wagtail - 15
Stonechat - 2
Meadow Pipit - 33
Reed Bunting - 3
Yellowhammer - 5
Skylark - 5
Siskin - 5
Linnet - 6
Greenfinch - 5
Bullfinch - 2
Fieldfare - 12
Redwing - 9
Song Thrush - 11
Jay - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Buzzard - 3

Showy Firecrest



Chiffchaff

Pied Wagtail


20 February, 2021

Quite morning offshore with very little movement, with the highlight being a Great-northern Diver flying east and landed on the sea at Climping Beach.

Great-northern Diver - 1E os
Wigeon - 17W
Brent Geese - 46E 10 in fields 
Great-crested Grebe - 1 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 5W
Kittiwake - 2E
Med Gull - 23E 10W
Cormorant - 1W
Turnstone - 75W
Sanderling - 25W
Oystercatcher - 24E 5 on beach
Mistle Thrush - 2
Goldfinch - 2
Pied Wagtail - 2
Skylark - 7
Stock Dove - 1


A ringtail Hen Harrier reported  working both sides of the River from the Tortington junction at 09:15 (MD), but not seen from 10:30 when I arrived.

Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 1
Kestrel - 1
Snipe - 1
Linnet - 65
Skylark - 15
Meadow Pipit - 11
Reed Bunting - 7
Mute Swan - 53
Cormorant - 2
Redshank - 2
Common Sandpiper - 1
Wigeon - 40
Cetti's Warbler - 1 hrd

14 February, 2021

 A check on the golf course, found just 2 Grey Partridge and a female Stonechat,  hundreds of Brent in the fields west of the Mill, constantly on the move because of the crow scarers, and  a Little Egret and 15 Lapwing north of long wood. Good numbers of Sanderling and Grey Plover on West Beach trying to avoid the dog walkers, 11 Song Thrush present around Kents, and hundreds of Gulls still present in the area.

Little Egret 

13 February, 2021

Marsh Farm

With a bitterly cold wind chill didn't fancy the beach again so opted for a late morning visit to Marsh Farm. Plenty of Song Thrush around, and all the ponds still partially frozen.

Gadwall - 16
Teal - 27
Wigeon - 1
Little Grebe - 1
Lapwing - 8
Snipe - 9
Grey Heron - 2
Mute Swan - 2
Cormorant - 3
Marsh Harrier - 1
Buzzard - 4
Kestrel - 2
Song Thrush - 32
Mistle Thrush - 2
Redwing - 7
Fieldfare - 23
Chiffchaff - 4
Grey Wagtail - 3
Pied Wagtail - 2
Skylark - 11
Meadow Pipit - 3
Yellowhammer - 4
Stonechat - 1
Jay - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1

Chiffchaff

Redwing

Fieldfare

Grey Wagtail

Marsh Harrier

Wigeon

Gadwall


Lapwing

12 February, 2021

Quieter than yesterday with fewer Gulls in the area, bitterly cold wind chill so didn't spend long looking at the sea.
 
Brent Geese - 50E c.175 in fields west of Mill
Red-throated Diver - 2E
Great-crested Grebe - 2E
Red-breasted Merganser - 4W 3E
Gannet - 3E
Curlew - 1E
Dunlin - 1E
Sanderling - 35E
Grey Plover - 8E 15 on beach
Lapwing - 40
Med Gull - 60 beach & fields
Common Gull - c.75
Great-BB Gull - 15
Lesser BB Gull - 1
Stonechat - 1
Pied Wagtail - 2
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 10
Buzzard - 2
Lapwing

Lesser BB Gull

Mistle Thrush

Assorted Gulls bottom of Long Wood

11 February, 2021

First visit to the patch for a few days found hundreds of both Med & Common Gull in the area. Green Sandpiper flushed from the bottom of Long Wood and Lapwing with at least one Golden Plover in the field south of Ferry Road.

Red-Throated Diver - 7E 4W 3 os
Great-crested Grebe - 3 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 9
Curlew - 2E
Brent Geese - c.200 in field south of long wood
Green Sandpiper - 1
Golden Plover - 1
Lapwing - 40
Grey Plover - 43
Dunlin - 9
Sanderling - 19
Stonechat - 1
Skylark - 8
Pied Wagtail - 3
Meadow Pipit - 5
Buzzard - 1

Common & Med Gull present in good numbers

Sanderling Climping Beach
Onto Marsh Farm which disappointedly was very quiet, with only 9 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Grey Heron, 9 Fieldfare and 6 Yellowhammer.

Fieldfare
Final stop, walking north along the River at Tortington scanning the fields east.

Marsh Harrier - 2
Buzzard - 1
Mute Swan - 38
Wigeon - 40
Teal - 8
Little Egret - 5
Lapwing c.150
Linnet - c.100
Chiffchaff - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Common Sandpiper - 1

Common Sandpiper 



09 February, 2021

Elmer Rocks 09:00 - 11:00  A good count of Auks on the move this morning with an estimated 4460 West in a two hour sea watch.(OM)

Red-throated Diver - 22E 2 os 
Great-crested Grebe - c.10 os 
Gannet - 80W Brent Goose - 120W 
Red-breasted Merganser 25 os 
Wigeon - 2E 9W 
Teal - 18E 74W 
Razorbill c.50 
Guillemot - 1 or 2 
Lapwing 26W 
Sanderling - 45 shoreline 
Dunlin - 1 
Turnstone - 10 
Ringed Plover - 15 
Common Gull - 35 
Med Gull - 20

06 February, 2021

Lyminster

A late morning start, but productive around the fields north & west of Lyminster Church.

Marsh Harrier - 2
Red Kite - 2
Buzzard - 5/6
Sparrowhawk - 3
Kestrel - 2
Little Egret - 6
Kingfisher - 1
Mute Swan - 30
Grey Heron - 1
Lapwing - 2
Wigeon - 7
Egyptian Goose - 2
Gadwall - 3
Mistle Thrush - 2
Song Thrush - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 3 heard
Chiffchaff - 1
Yellowhammer - 4
Reed Bunting - 7
Skylark - 19
Greenfinch - 5
Goldfinch - 7
Linnet - 45
Stonechat - 5
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 9
Stock Dove - 1

Marsh Harrier

Red Kite


Sparrowhawk

Egyptian Geese



Stonechat




05 February, 2021

Climping beach late afternoon found c.300 Brent Geese in Cudlow field, 7W Red-throated Diver,  with 2 on sea. Small numbers of Gannet, Red-breasted Merganser and Great-crested Grebe moving offshore, and 2 Guillemot on sea, with several unidentified Auks moving further out. A large flock of Sanderling c.100, flew east then west at 16:30.


 A walk around  Marsh Farm this morning because of the dense fog and found the following.

Firecrest - 1
Treecreeper - 1
Reed Bunting - 4
Cett's Warbler - 1 heard
Shoveler - 4
Teal - 4
Buzzard - 1
Mistle Thrush - 1
Song Thrush - 3
Redwing - c.60

Firecrest



04 February, 2021

 A Cattle Egret with 3 Little Egrets viewed from the river bank north of Tortington, best viewed from fields north of the Knucker hole Lyminster. Also 39 Mute Swan, c.50 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 2 Shelduck, good numbers of  Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Skylark, Yellowhammer and singles of Buzzard and Kestrel.