January 22nd 2019

GORING GAP: The 2CY Snow Bunting was still showing well on the beach this morning, while three Reed Buntings were a nice bonus by the blocked road. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost field. The usual waders on the beach included 120 Dunlin, while the sea offered a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, three Red-throated Divers, five Red-breasted Mergansers, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 21 auks, four Kittiwakes and four Gannets. DKC
In the afternoon the Snow Bunting was still performing well, a Treecreeper in the lower plantation was also noteworthy NB

January 21st 2019

FERRING RIFE had two Snipe, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Heron and a site mega in the form of a quite showy Cetti's Warbler! DKC

At GORING GAP I soaked in some wonderful views of the 2CY female Snow Bunting on the coast path. Two Redshanks were on the beach, three adult Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost field and the sea had six Red-throated Divers, 96 Great Crested Grebes and seven Razorbills. DKC

January 18th 2019

GORING GAP : The Snow Bunting was still present and was attracting a small trickle of birders and photographers as the day went on, the bird was feeding further east today feeding along the coastal footpath just east of the orange boat. This stretch of coastline gets busy with dog walkers/cyclists/joggers etc so the bird occasionally gets flushed but does not go far and happily returns to feed so with patience the bird will perform well for any wishing to visit. There was also a few Gannet offshore and several auks moved through distantly west. There were the usual fare of waders around on the beach at low tide including Sanderling, Grey and Ringed Plovers and Dunlin, whilst several Mediterranean Gulls were between the fields and beach. Skylark and good number of Pied Wagtails were also around the surrounding fields. 34 Cormorant moving west over the shoreline in one flock was also noteworthy NB

Snow Bunting - Goring Gap - NB

January 17th 2019

GORING GAP : More quality at the gap when visiting birder Ray Baker found a Snow Bunting on the beach at the western end. The bird was faithful to the coastal path near the large black litter bin, ocassionally flushed by walkers and dogs and flying the short distance down to the rocks, before heading back the favoured feeding area. This bird was certainly more obliging than the December bird that was here. Thanks to Ray for finding the bird and to Gareth for getting the news out quickly

Snow Bunting - Goring Gap - NB

January 15th 2019

GORING GAP : The Slavonian Grebe again offshore, also Red-throated Diver, 8 Mediterranean Gulls (5 adults, 1x 2nd winter, 2x 2nd winter) GDM. An hour seawatch in the morning produced two Red-throated Divers, 25 Gannets, over 100 Kittiwakes, three Common Gulls, 648 auks (mostly Razorbills, one Guillemot identified) and two Wigeon, as well as uncounted Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes on the sea. The female Stonechat was still in the rough area DKC

BROOKLANDS PARK : a nice Firecrest was in the northern part of the park with a Coal Tit, Green  and Great spotted Woodpecker. Around the lake no unusual gulls with only 10 Teal a single Pochard and a Grey Heron noted. 4  Chiffchaff were counted. Offshore 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Great crested Grebe plus a few Auks. Nearby at Widewater offshore; Red throated Diver, 5 Guillemot,2 Razorbill . The 2 Velvet Scoter were a fair way out towards the west BFF

SALVINGTON : A nice Chiffchaff was a new bird for the garden this year, th…

January 12th 2019

GORING GAP : Finished the day with 6 Med Gulls, 260 Common Gulls, 20 Sanderling, 10 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 80 Grey Plovers and 8 Skylarks. Offshore: 220 Great - crested Grebes, 1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Red Throated Diver, 11 OystercatchersRichard (@Charmouthbirder)
A Moorhen was seen in he fields near the pumping stationGDM

BROOKLANDS PARK : 2 Chiffchaff showing well. 10 Teal. Couldn’t find Med Gulls which had been reported earlier. Otherwise plenty of Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls bathing Richard (@Charmouthbirder)

SALVINGTON : The male Blackcap appears to be settled and overwintering in gardens surrounding Selden rec, now favouring the apples and pears spiked on the tree, originally seen pre-xmas, the bird re-appeared on the 10th January and now being seen daily, 2 Coal Tits have now found the feeding station, new bird for the garden NB

Blackcap - Salvington - NB

January 11th 2019

GORING GAP : Another 1st winter Caspian Gull was found in the roost field just after lunchtime by GDM, this bird remained fairly settled allowing several observers to connect the first for 2019 here and the 6th record since March 2018, certainly placing this site as the place to find this species in West Sussex. NB/GJ/DKC/GDM

Caspian Gull - 1st winter - GJ