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September 22nd 2018

GORING GAP: I counted over 780 Meadow Pipits flying west over the beach this morning, although the actual number was far higher as birds were also moving over the fields further inland. Other birds flying over west were 1 Yellow Wagtail , 1 Grey Wagtail and a trickle of hirundines including at least 1 Sand Martin. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (early?) on the sea flew off west. 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Scoter and 11 Sandwich Terns flew west. 5 more Sandwich Terns remained offshore. A Wheatear was on the beach and a Stonechat was in the weedy field. The usual waders were on the beach. RS

September 18th 2018

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BROOKLANDS PARK: A quick look around the stream and lake in blustery conditions produced a few good sightings for the area. 7 Teal were on the lake as were 2 Little Egrets, a Common Gull was the only oddity amongst the gull roost and a Turnstone flew bizzarely south across the lake heading for the beach! 17 House Martins moved through overhead and just a single Little Grebe noted. In the sheltered spots, several Chiffchaffs were seen and heard as was a single male Blackcap. 2 Kingfisher were in the stream area as was a Grey Wagtail.
Interesting to note that most of the works here now look complete and the fencing that surrounded the lake has now been removed and a new boardwalk has been opened. Gulls are using one of the islands to roost on....will be worth keeping an eye on in the winter months NB 

September 14th 2018

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An adult Knot on the beach was a nice surprise at GORING GAP this morning, and further inspired hope of a 'different' wader pitching up here, in the wake of the other day's Barwit. Other waders today included 72 Ringed Plovers (about a dozen of which were tundrae types), a Redshank, 57 Turnstones, 14 Oystercatchers, a Dunlin and 14 Sanderlings (two juveniles). A Shelduck floated around offshore. Grounded migrants included my first Gap Reed Bunting, singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, seven Wheatears and three Blackcaps. Chiffchaff movement had evidently picked up, with 17 grounded birds scattered around the site. Movement overhead included a Tree Pipit, 11 Grey Wagtails, 35 Yellow Wagtails, six Pied Wagtails, 91 Meadow Pipits, 84 Swallows and four House Martins. A Song Thrush was the first I'd seen in a while, a Goldcrest was in the Plantation and two Sparrowhawks - male and female - were seen together. Four Sandwich Terns joined the h…

September 13th 2018

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GORING GAP: A pleasant autumn morning at the gap with plenty of sunshine on offer and little breeze. Managed to squeeze an hour in just after 9am, and was soon evident that birds were on the move over-head as with yesterday. Whilst scanning a flock of Swallows moving through low over the middle fields a dove whizzed by and grabbed my attention, I was soon watching my first 'patch' Turtle Dove and this bird was on a mission flying fast east and over the top end of the middle plantation. Shortly after a late Swift was picked up over the pumping station and soon moved through. Most Swallows and House Martins were feeding up as they moved through, but there were far less House Martins than yesterday, 6 Sand Martins were also observed. Meadow Pipits were strangely moving overhead in a NNW direction and 87 were counted. 17 Yellow Wagtails were seen, but many more were heard but not seen, 1 Siskin, a Tree Pipit and 2 Grey Wagtails added moving through. Things had quietened down by th…

September 12th 2018

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GORING GAP: After a somewhat dreary start at the Gap, the weather eased up a little and the wind veered from the north to a northeasterly, bringing with it a bit of overhead movement from mid-morning. Totals included two Tree Pipits, five Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, 197 Meadow Pipits, 336 Swallows, nine Sand Martins and 888 House Martins. Six Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew west overhead. Mediterranean Gulls increased to 13, but Common Gulls remained low at four. Sandwich Terns numbered 11 in the roost field. Only half of the site was covered on the ground, since - in terms of grounded migrants - only singles of Whinchat, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff revealed themselves early on and it became clear that vismig was the order of the day. The Treecreeper called in the Plantation and four Skylarks were in the southeastern field. Along the beach were six Oystercatchers and 36 Little Egrets and my wader counts later on included 66 Ringed Plovers, 80 Turnstones and 45 Sanderlings (four …

September 10th 2018

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GORING GAP: A juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit arrived on the beach on the flowing tide - the first of the season. Numbers of other birds were low though, with six Oystercatchers, 33 Little Egrets and two Grey Herons. The high tide roost later contained 68 Ringed Plovers (including at least four tundrae types) but only 19 Turnstones and two adult Sanderlings, as well as 15 Sandwich Terns, three Mediterranean Gulls, three Common Gulls and a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull. A Whinchat showed well by the blocked road and two Spotted Flycatchers were feeding in the northwest corner (one caught a Speckled Wood). Two Wheatears were on the beach later but three Whitethroats and a Blackcap were the only other grounded migrants. Overhead movement included 25 Meadow Pipits, two Yellow Wagtails, seven Grey Wagtails, 22 House Martins, nine Swallows and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. The Nuthatch was still in the northwest corner. A Buzzard flew from the pond bushes, a Skylark called from the field…

September 7th 2018

It was another long day out in the field. Grounded migrants at GORING GAP included a male Redstart, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Whinchat, four Wheatears, three Whitethroats,three Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs and four Willow Warblers. Two Sand Martins fed over the northwest corner and overhead moved a Swift, seven Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, two Pied Wagtails, 10 Meadow Pipits, 17 House Martins and a Swallow. A Greenshank was heard calling and other waders at high tide included an increase to 52 Sanderlings (just one juvenile - my first of the autumn), as well as 63 Ringed Plovers, 72 Turnstones, a Redshank and four Oystercatchers. An adult Mediterranean Gull and seven Common Gulls were in the fields. A large female Sparrowhawk was on the prowl and a Kestrel was seen, as well as three Skylarks and a Jackdaw. A Coal Tit sang and I counted 14 Greenfinches. 15 Little Egrets were along the beach. Offshore was a Gannet and nine Sandwich Terns. DKC

Extending my walk to FERRING RIFE, I …