Monday, 14 October 2019

14th October 2019

FERRING/GORING GAPWith the wind backing to the east after early rain I went to Ferring Block for 3/4 hour this morning (0940 to 1025) and counted: Swallow 25E, Goldfinch 250 E, Meadow Pipit 20 E, Linnet 40 E. There was a Stonechat and a Chiffchaff on the wall of the white flats at the end of Patterson's Walk and later a Wheatear, a Ringed Plover, a Sanderling and five Turnstones on the beach at the Gap (CH)

Sunday, 13 October 2019

13th October 2019

CISSBURY RING: Three Ring Ouzels still by fenced yew (SOS).

GORING GAP: Another slow two-hour seawatch produced 13 Common Scoters, 83 Gannets, a Kittiwake, 13 Common Gulls, seven auks; also seen were two Little Egrets, five Turnstones, a Grey Plover, an Oystercatcher, five Ringed Plovers, three Linnets, 18 Meadow Pipits and an adult Mediterranean Gull (DKC).

SHOREHAM FORT: Two Rock Pipits, two Sandwich Terns and 20 Turnstones (BirdTrack).

STEYNING DOWNLAND: A Grey Wagtail and 20 Swallows (BirdTrack).

Saturday, 12 October 2019

12th October 2019

SHOREHAM FORT: Two Sandwich Terns, Wheatear, Rock Pipit, 15 Turnstones and two Meadow Pipits (SOS).

STEYNING PENLANDS VALE/BOSTAL HORSE FIELDS: Five House Martins and 40 Swallows (BirdTrack).


Friday, 11 October 2019

11th October 2019

WORTHING PIER: A seawatch from the pier, before I got turfed off due to the wind reaching Force 8, was slow-going but did produce a juvenile SHAG and an adult LITTLE GULL heading west, along with a Great Crested Grebe, seven Kittiwakes, 11 Common Scoters, 78 Gannets, a Grey Plover, two Dunlin. Too distant and brief for firm ID were 12 auks and three Common/Arctic Terns. A Red-throated Diver was on the sea. Two Turnstones were on the pier and six Common Gulls and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull were noted (DKC).

juvenile Shag

Thursday, 10 October 2019

10th October 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: Two Grey Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and four Grey Herons from Ferry Footbridge (SOS). BirdTrack reports a Greenshank, two Curlew, seven Oystercatchers, six Grey Herons, a Mute Swan and two Little Egrets.

 CISSBURY RING: A Tawny Owl, a Treecreeper, two Bullfinches, a Firecrest, 17 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, five Goldcrests and 400 Jackdaws (VB). Five Ring Ouzels (SOS).

TITCH HILL: 16 Corn Buntings, a Red Kite, six Meadow Pipits, three Stonechats, 10 Pied Wagtails, six Chiffchaffs, 20 House Martins, 30 Swallows, four Skylarks, two Kestrels, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 10 Common Gulls (BirdTrack).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Kingfisher still and eight Little Grebes (SOS).

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

9th October 2019

CISSBURY RING: Spent a couple of hours at Cissbury this morning failing to see any Ring Ouzels. In fact it was generally very quiet with the highlight being a close and bright Lesser Whitethroat just outside the SW corner. Other birds were two Mistle Thrushes at the yew, four Stonechats, 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs , a couple of Goldcrests, 8 Meadow Pipits, 3 Swallows and single Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard (CH)

PATCHING HILL: Two House Martins and three Swallows feeding, a Red Kite but other Green and GS Spotted Woodpeckers and three species of Tits, nothing else of note (CH)

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Three drake Common Scoters from western breakwater (SOS).

WIDEWATER: Five Teal, a Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher (SOS).

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

8th October 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: Highlights late afternoon from the toll bridge were a 1cy Yellow-legged Gull, a Rock Pipit, two Canada Geese (locally uncommon), three Little Egrets, eight Oystercatchers, 19 Ringed Plovers, a Turnstone and seven of both Common Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull (DKC/David Darrell-Lambert). BirdTrack reports two Greenshanks, 20 Turnstones, two Curlew, a Kingfisher, 35 Lapwings, a Little Egret, 14 Oystercatchers, two Mute Swans, two Buzzards, two Skylarks, a Kestrel, a House Martin, 20 Swallows, a Chiffchaff, and five Grey Herons.

BROOKLANDS PLEASURE PARK: It was a rather similar visit to last time. Overhead, a Siskin, a Swallow, five Skylarks, three Rooks, 12 Meadow Pipits, 12 Linnets, 49 Goldfinches and six Pied/White Wagtails moved through. At the lake, four Teal, two Little Grebes and the family of Mute Swans were feeding, while two Mediterranean Gulls were loafing and a Grey Wagtail flew across the water. Scattered in the bushes were 24 Chiffchaffs, nine Goldcrests, two Blackcaps, a Treecreeper, a Song Thrush and two Coal Tits. Two of both Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers made themselves obvious (DKC).

CISSBURY RING: Another visit this morning around Cissbury where we did find 2 Ring Ouzel just outside the ring although other observers had flocks of 3 and 5 in various places. Two Raven, 5 Stonechat and 2 Marsh Tit. On the east slope footpath that was sheltered out of the wind, 20 Blackcap, 25 Chiffchaff and a Firecrest (SOS).
5 Ring Ouzels were on the west side early morning though mobile (NO)
I managed to locate 3 Ring Ouzels this morning, 2 were just to the south of the Yew tree on the west side of the ring and a single bird was at the southern end, 4 Mistle Thrushes were around the Yew tree, nothing other to add other than BFF/DM also had a flyover Redpoll (NB)

Ring Ouzel - poor record shot into the sun , but as ever at Cissbury, the birds were rarely out in the open (NB)