Little Egret - Climping 14/02/21

31 March, 2021

With a sea mist and cloud cover, it was very slow offshore, and perhaps a clearout over night had occured, combined totals below.

Sandwich Tern - 4E 2W
Common Scoter - 10E
Great-crested Grebe - 7 os
Red-breatsed Merganser - 15 os
Guillemot - 1 os
Cormorant - 7E 2W
Sanderling 20W
Turnstone - 70E
Swallow - 2
Kingfisher - 1
Little Egret - 3
Grey Heron - 3
Avocet - 1
Ringed Plover - 3
Yellowhammer - 1
Blackcap - 4
Chiffchaff - 9
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Linnet - 7
Skylark - 10
Song Thrush - 2
Buzzard - 2
Sparrowhawk - 2
Kestrel - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1

 
Yellowhammer Mill Lane

30 March, 2021

 Highlights from this morning supplied by (ES), becomming quieter as the morning progressed. 2 Little-ringed Plover, 19 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egret, Yellowhammer, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Wheatear,11 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap.

29 March, 2021

Yet another Little-ringed Plover and the Avocet still present on the Pool at the bottom of longwood this morning. Combined totals below.

Little Ringed Plover - 1
 Avocet - 1
Mute Swan - 2
Swallow - 3
Willow Warbler - 1
Chiffchaff - 10
Wheatear - 20
Treecreeper - 2
Bullfinch - 1
Song Thrush - 3
Skylark - 6
Great-crested Grebe - 1
Grey Heron - 2
Little Egret - 1
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 1

26 March, 2021

Red-throated Diver - 1E
Diver sp - 2E
Gannet - 53W 5E
Med Gull - 5E 3W
Lesser-black backed Gull - 4
Great-crested Grebe - 1W
Red-breasted Merganser - 5
Auk sp - 1W
Sanderling - 27W
Turnstone - 15W
Ringed Plover - 4
Avocet - 1
Shelduck - 2
Teal - 2W
Little Egret - 1
Wheatear - 2
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 1
Skylark - 7
Stock Dove - 5
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1

Mistle Thrush


25 March, 2021

Good numbers of Wheatear present along the beach this morning with at least 16 around, the Avocet still present, but no sign of any LRP today. A second Black Redstart seen around the 2nd overflow car park around the mountain of wooden breakwaters.

Black Redstart - 2
Wheatear - 16+
Chiffchaff - 8
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Linnet - 7
Pied Wagtail - 9
Meadow Pipit - 15
Skylark - 10
Stock Dove - 7
Song Thrush - 5
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Avocet - 1
Kingfisher - 2
Red-legged Partridge - 1
Shelduck - 3E 2 Field
Mute Swan - 2
Grey Heron - 6
Little Egret - 3
Grey Plover - 4W
Sanderling - 35E
Common Sandpiper - 1 River
Peregrine - 2
Buzzard - 2

Avocet still present

Black Redstart

Wheatear West Beach

24 March, 2021

A report of a Wheatear along the River Arun by the Ship & Anchor Pub, also 2 Common Sandpiper, and 2 Redshank. An adult Little Gull west close inshore at 13:45 and a male Blackcap first wood. (MD)

With nothing again moving offshore, good coverage ensued this morning after another slog around the patch.  2 Little Ringed Plover late morning in the flooded field at the bottom of Longwood with the Avocet still present, also a Black Redstart at Climping Beach west of the car park. Combined totals below.

Little-ringed Plover - 2
Avocet - 1
Ringed Plover - 12
Turnstone - 57
Sanderling - 22
Oystercatcher - 4E
Shelduck - 2
Little Egret - 2
Black Redstart - 1
Wheatear - 3
Chiffchaff - 11
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Goldcrest - 4
Linnet - 7
Meadow Pipit - 11
Skylark - 9
Jay - 1
Green Woodpecker - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1

Little-ringed Plovers


Wheatear on the golf course

Black Redstart


23 March, 2021

Avocet still present at the bottom of Longwood at 17:15, also 2 Shelduck and 2 Buzzards in the area.




I have been keeping an eye on the flooded field at the bottom of Longwood for the last couple of weeks, hoping it might provide something interesting, usually best viewed on a high tide and minimal disturbance. After watching the sea at Climping beach with nothing happening, shocked to find an Avocet & Little Ringed Plover around the pool this morning, combined totals below.

Avocet - 1
Little-ringed Plover - 1
Med Gull - 2
Dunlin - 2W
Oystercatcher - 6E 1W
Sanderling - 7E
Turnstone - 25W 3E
Red-breasted Merganser - 15 os
Great-crested Grebe - 4E % os
Shelduck - 3W 2 field
Brent Geese - 4E
Cormorant - 5E
Chiffchaff - 10
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Little Egret - 2

Avocet bottom of longwood

22 March, 2021

Six Chiffchaff and 2 Kingfisher around the golf course this morning. (RP)

Records for the last few days supplied by (OM) 

20/3 - Another visit to the local patch at Elmer Rocks finally produced my first Wheatear of the spring,  always a joy, whilst two Slavonian Grebes offshore on a calm sea were also present, one deciding to fly off east to Climping. A flock of 11 Brent Geese and a single drake Shoveler also went east and a Shelduck west, before a pod of 6 or more Dolphins appeared offshore at some distance (scope views) - presumably Bottle-nosed? Red-breasted Mergansers were also much in evidence again with c.45 present, many of which were displaying, whilst a single Gannet and a diver sp were also logged. 

 21/3 - Slow-going again offshore this morning, though there were a couple of odds and ends, with a drake Tufted Duck that flew inshore from well out and briefly dropped onto the sea behind the rock islands before moving on E, a Kestrel that went E offshore and 4 Common Scoter W. A distant diver E was too distant to safely ID and a shoreline Little Egret later flew off inland.On my way back a newly-arrived female Wheatear was on top of a rock island, whilst c.30 R/b Mergansers and 3 Great Crested Grebes were offshore.

22/3 - I watched the flat calm sea for a couple of hours (0800-1000), although visibility was not great, but there was nothing happening apart from several decent flocks of Brent Geese moving through – my total being 270E – and 2 Med Gulls. A single Slavonian Grebe was offshore together with c.30 R/b Mergansers and 3 Great Crested Grebes, whilst 10 Turnstones were on Poole Place rock groyne. At hotspot corner a single Chiffchaff, a noisy Jay and a Green Woodpecker were the only species of note, with a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby.

19 March, 2021

 A quite morning with just two Grey Partridge around the golf course, certainly improved for (AH) when a White-tailed Eagle was seen flying over head. Absolutely dwarfs one of the local Buzzards.

All pictures (AH)


16 March, 2021

Very quiet this morning with just a brief signs of Spring with small numbers of Meadow Pipit & Linnet in off the sea,a Firecrest still around Atherington Pools, Shelduck and Lapwing north of Long Wood.

Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 2
Chiffchaff - 6
Cetti's Warbler - 1 heard
Siskin - 1
Meadow Pipit - 20
Pied Wagtail - 22
Skylark - 5
Linnet - 11
Song Thrush - 2
Kestrel - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Buzzard - 2
Lapwing - 3
Ringed Plover - 7
Shelduck - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 5
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Med Gull - 6W
Seal - 1

Chiffchaff Golf Course

Shelduck

09 March, 2021

A flat calm sea with no wind and with nothing of note moving offshore, resulted in another trek around the patch. A Yellowhammer at the bottom of Long Wood was a surprise, also Firecrest present there and at Bailiffscourt. Slavonian Grebe present again west of Poole Place.

Slavonian Grebe - 2 
Great-crested Grebe - 9
Red-breasted Merganser - 27
Cormorant - 6 
Brent Geese - 1
Med Gull - 5
Common Gull - 3
Yellowhammer - 1
Firecrest - 2-3
Chiffchaff - 1
Mistle Thrush - 3
Pied Wagtail - 15
Meadow Pipit - 7
Skylark - 5
Little Egret - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1




08 March, 2021

A trek around the patch this morning produced a Shelduck in the flooded field bottom of Long Wood, a Rock Pipit in the set aside, Firecrest Atherington, 4 Chiffchaff Bread Lane and the highlight being 2 Salv Grebe off Poole Place.

Slavonian Grebe - 2
Great-crested Grebe - 16
Red-breasted Merganser - 29
Brent Goose - 1
Shelduck - 1
Sanderling - 6
Turnstone - c.75
Grey Plover - 2W
Oystercatcher - 13E
Med Gull - 35
Chiffchaff - 4
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 2
Rock Pipit - 1
Song Thrush - 2
Pied Wagtail - 21
Stock Dove - 1
Rock Pipit

Single Brent Cudlow Field

Shelduck

Chiffchaff


07 March, 2021

 Bitterly cold at Climping car park from 07:30 for an hour.

Red-throated Diver - 1 os
Brent Geese - 4E
Red-breasted Merganser - 13W 9E 7os
Great-crested Grebe - 6 os
Curlew - 5E
Ringed Plover - 2
Oystercatcher - 13E
Turnstone - 1E
Cormorant - 5E 7W
Pied Wagtail - 23
Med Gull - 1E
Chiffchaff - 1

River Arun

Marsh Harrier - 1
Red Kite - 2
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 2
Buzzard - 2
Mute Swan - 73
Mistle Thrush - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 2 hrd
Chiffchaff - 2
Reed Bunting - 5
Skylark - present
Linnet - 7
Meadow Pipit - 5
Stonechat - 1
Snipe - 7
Lapwing - 31
Common Sandpiper - 1
Wigeon - 1
Lesser B B Gull - 1
Kingfisher - 1

Angmering Park 

Firecrest - 3
Goldcrest - 1
Treecreeper - 1
Nuthatch - 2
Chiffchaff - 1
Redwing - 3
Mistle Thrush - 4
Buzzard - 2
Snipe - 1

04 March, 2021

Two Slav Grebes offshore this morning behind the rock islands together with 15 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Red-throated Diver and 40+ Red-breasted Merganser. Two Common Scoter and 6 Brent Geese went east, and a Curlew and 2 Pintail west. A single Rock Pipit seen again at Poole Place, with little else of note. (OM)

03 March, 2021

Quite again offshore this morning with a Slav Grebe present off Elmer Rocks, small groups of Brent moving east with 41 in total, 4 Common Scoter, 8 Great-crested Grebe and 15 Red-breasted Merganser.  A Firecrest in off the sea was quite a surprise and a nearby Chiffchaff. (OM) Also two Rock Pipits seen on the rocks at Poole Place this morning.(AH)

Firecrest (OM)

Rock Pipit

02 March, 2021

Climping beach from 00:30 for an hour in calm conditions and sea mist found 9 Red-throated Diver on the  sea,  several each of Red-breasted Merganser & Great-crested Grebe, dozen or so Med Gull, and a Seal. A Kestrel and a Chiffchaff around Atherington.

Several RTD on the sea

Med Gull moving east

01 March, 2021

Trek around the fields this morning didn't turn up anything unexpected, with the golf course holding most of the birds, and the highlight being a Raven flying east over Atherington.

Raven - 1
Pied Wagtail - 31
Linnet - 5
Meadow Pipit - 17
Skylark - 5
Cetti's Wabler - 1 heard
Bullfinch - 1
Med Gull - 55+
Red-throated Diver - 1E
Shelduck - 2W
Great-crested Grebe - 1 os
Red-breasted Merganser 2W
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1

Linnet Golf Course

The wintering Dartford Warbler still present around Church Farm, also 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard, with Meadow Pipit & Skylarks both present.