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July 18th 2018

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GORING GAP: [Trektellen] This morning was quiet, although a few Mediterranean Gulls were moving (11 actively heading west and 11 milling around). Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls were more notable and Common Gulls increased to three, all adults. A Grey Wagtail was heard overhead, two Pied Wagtails flew west and four Sand Martins and two Swallows tracked the beach west.  10 Little Egrets and four Oystercatchers were on the beach. five Gannets and four Sandwich Terns offshore was about as lively as seabird activity as got recently! It didn't look as though any Swifts were moving for a while but there was a mini-pulse of 13 birds west mid-watch. DKC


The best of a short visit to FERRING RIFE late morning was limited to a Linnet, two Whitethroats and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. DKC

July 17th 2018

GORING GAP: [Trektellen]. The WNW breeze ignited something of a Swift movement this morning, rattling up a total of 425 by 08:00 but then the supply immediately ran dry. The first Yellow Wagtail of the autumn flew east with a Pied Wagtail, and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was on the beach along with 14 Mediterranean Gulls, an adult Common Gull, 10 Little Egrets and two Oystercatchers. Three Curlews west signalled something stirring within the species, especially with two of these over land. A juvenile Grey Heron flew east over the beach, a Lesser Black-backed Gull coursed east over the fields and activity offshore was limited to singles of Gannet and Sandwich Tern. DKC

July 14th 2018

GORING GAP: Trektellen. Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, four Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Sandwich Tern, two adult Mediterranean Gulls, three Oystercatchers, two Swifts. DKC

July 13th 2018

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Today's highlights at GORING GAP [Trektellen] were the dramatic sight of an adult Hobby bolting in to seize a House Sparrow from the rough field, and a calling Treecreeper at the very seaward end of the Plantation which I eventually tracked down to photograph. 10 Mediterranean Gulls included two juveniles, while two Common Gulls were an adult and a 2CY. Three Teal, two Grey Herons and 13 Little Egrets were on the beach. Waders comprised threeof both Whimbrel and Oystercatcher, as well as singles of Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Redshank. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls tracked east over land and just four Gannets and seven Sandwich Terns were offshore (the sea was still very dead!). Nine Swallows and three Swifts flew through. DKC

July 12th 2018

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A short watch at GORING GAP this morning: Conditions weren't great and it was soon evident that little was moving, but three season-firsts involved a Shoveler on the beach with a Teal, and a Dunlin. Other sightings included a Whimbrel, seven Little Egrets, three juvenile Grey Herons, five eastbound Swifts, three adult Mediterranean Gulls, five Oystercatchers, an adult Common Gull, two Pied Wagtails and five Sandwich Terns. DKC/M.Andersson. CH had three Gadwall fly east.


WEST WORTHING: Around 40 Swifts were swirling around Boundary Road at 21:00. DKC

July 11th 2018

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GORING GAP:Trektellen. The clear highlight of the morning was a Crossbill - although I somehow managed to not clap eyes on it, the bird was calling clearly as it headed west over the seaward Plantation. Most of the 29 Mediterranean Gulls - which included 10 juveniles - were actively moving, as were a few Black-headed Gulls. A Ringed Plover heard calling along the beach was my first in a while and singles of Curlew and Oystercatcher represented the rest of the waders noted. Offshore, 38 Sandwich Terns mostly moved east, as did three Common Terns. Eight Gannets flew past and three Little Egrets were along the shore. Other birds noted included a Sparrowhawk, 15 Swifts and a Pied Wagtail. DKC

July 10th 2018

FERRING BLOCK: A seawatch by CH 07:00-08:20 produced:
Gannet 3 E
Cormorant    6 E
Curlew One E
Sandwich Tern    4W
Med Gull one E
BH Gull 15W
Sand Martin  3  NW