20th, 21st + 22nd April 2018

WORTHING BEACH : Friday 20th April - In 10 minutes I recorded 1 Arctic Skua, 2 adult Med Gulls but little else. Between 12.45 & 13.15 4 Gannets, 2 Common Terns, 4 Swallows and best of all an Osprey drifting westwards RI

CISSBURY/HILL BARN :  Saturday 21st April - 10:00am to1:00pm

Sunny stroll through the golf course and round the ring. Highlights were as follows. 6 Mediterranean gulls wheeling around and calling out and then heading West. Greenfinch's calling out from at least 5 locations which is more I've seen from this bird for a long time perhaps to do with how disease has diminished its numbers.
The following birds also seen.
Blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, linnet, goldfinch, yellowhammer, blackbird, carrion crow, rook, magpie, jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, whitethroat, chiffchaff, blackcap, robin, wren, swallow, herring gull, house sparrow, kestrel, buzzard, pheasant, skylark, stonechat, wood pigeon, meadow pipit.
Butterflies also o…

19th April 2018

GEORGE V AVENUE-GORING GAP: Today's Trektellen. Highlights moving today included 13 Little Gulls, four Arctic Skuas, a Whimbrel, four Little Terns, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 103 Linnets, 140 Common Scoters, three Shelducks, a Fulmar, 80 Sandwich Terns, 32 Common(/'Commic') Terns, three Kittiwakes, ten Mediterranean Gulls, six Dunlin, a Red-throated Diver, 16 Gannets, two Meadow Pipits and two Swallows.
Four Wheatears were at the Gap, 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew over north-west at 2pm. NB/DKC/GDM/MP

1 of the 4 Wheatears at Goring Gap - these birds appeared to have features consistent with the Greenland race 'leucorhoa' although sometimes difficult to conclusively identify in the field, these birds were noticeably bigger, brighter birds with a bolder supercillium. For me the bill seems bulkier too, for any that are interested there is a interesting artcle here Greenland Wheatear article. Their migration route is quite astounding Greenland Wheatear to fi…

18th April 2018

Today's Trektellen

BROOKLANDS PARK: The Iceland Gull, presumably the bird we have had visiting Goring was seen and photgraphed by Alan Kitson (details on the Sussex Ornithological Society's recent sightings page)

GEORGE V AVENUE: A seawatch from 06:00-07:15 produced two Little Terns, a Whimbrel, 28 Common Scoters, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, four Black-headed Gulls, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, three Red-throated Divers, 12 Gannets, 10 Sandwich Terns and two Common Terns. A male Wheatear was on the beach. DKC/NB/MP

GORING GAP: A male Firecrest sang by the sports fields and a female Wheatear was near the pumping station. Four Whimbrel moved overhead, as did a further six Mediterranean Gulls and three Black-headed Gulls, plus a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Five Swallows flew through. Five Buzzards circled to the north, along with a Kestrel. 18 Linnets included 12 moving east and six Meadow Pipits were seen. DKC/GDM

FERRING RIFE: The first Sedge Warbler of the year …

17th April 2018

GEORGE V AVENUE: Bonxies were the feature of the day with 46 passing by 11:00 (including flocks of seven and five). The supporting cast included nine Arctic Skuas east and a party of six westbound Manx Shearwaters, plus an Arctic Tern feeding offshore for a while. A lone Little Tern went through early on and 88 Sandwich Terns, six Common Terns and 23 'Commics' were recorded. Two Whimbrel flew past and Mediterranean Gulls were still on the move, with 41 birds logged mostly moving east. Later in the watch an adult Little Gull flew the same way. 57 Common Gulls and 18 Black-headed Gulls were also noted. 182 Common Scoters moved through, three Velvets among them, and 70 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were counted. Other species included a Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Red-throated Divers, 15 Fulmars, 72 Gannets, three Dunlin, three Kittiwakes, a Swallow in-off and four Linnets along the beach. DKC/NB/M.Peacock More detail HERE.

MARINE GARDENS : I spent two hours (07:30- 09:30) on the beach …

16th April 2018

GORING GAP: Three Bonxies flew east during an early seawatch and 70 Mediterranean Gulls flew mostly east, including a squadron of 34. The biggest surprise, though, was an adult hrota-type Brent Goose which flew west late on. Some light Gannet movement was evident offshore in the morning, with 44 birds noted, as well as a Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, seven Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and three Great Crested Grebes. Nine Turnstones were on the beach, along with a Sanderling, two Ringed Plovers and a Grey Plover. Four Swallows flew through the Gap and other passerine migrants included eight Wheatears, five Meadow Pipits, a Willow Warbler, two Pied Wagtails, nine Linnets and three Blackcaps. The Chiffchaffs noted were probably established birds, one observed gathering nesting material. Singles of Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were logged, along with a Mallard and a Moorhen. DKC

FERRING RIFE: A stroll along the Rife added two Mallards, a Pheasant, another Sparrowhaw…

15th April 2018

FERRING RIFE: A thorough session this morning produced a Whitethroat and a female Wheatear, as well as two Willow Warblers, a Little Egret, four Chiffchaffs, five Swallows, a Blackcap, two Meadow Pipits, four Linnets, two Pied Wagtails, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, four Mallards, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Goldcrest and five Moorhens. DKCOther reports included a calling Ring Ouzel, plus on Friday a Cuckoo.

GORING GAP later in the rain revealed little other than three Meadow Pipits on a quick whizz around.

MARINE GARDENS : from 0740 to 0920 all flying east.

Red-throated Diver 4 ; Black-throated Diver one; Gannet 13; Fulmar 2; Brent Goose 235; Common Scoter 175; Red-breasted Merganser 4; Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Arctic Skua one; Sandwich Tern 19; Commic Tern 8; Little Tern 5. Also 2 GC Grebes on the sea CH

14th April 2018

GORING GAP: A brief late afternoon visit produced only a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, a Meadow Pipit and a Linnet of any real note. DKC