Monday, 19 August 2019

19th August 2019

FERRING RIFE: I walked up to the country centre and back south along the other side. A Kingfisher flew under the road bridge and fished for a short while at the far end, while the heron roost was busy with three sunbathing Grey Herons and nine Little Egrets. An anxious Reed Warbler alarm-called and waited for me to pass before delivering food to unseen young. Other birds included a male Reed Bunting, two Kestrels, two Buzzards, two Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, a Sparrowhawk, two Mallards, four Moorhens,singles of Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and gatherings of 40 Goldfinches and 130 Starlings, plus three Jackdaws and eight Rooks (the latter two species uncommon here) (DKC).

Little Egrets and Grey Heron at Ferring Rife (DKC)

Grey Heron soaking up the rays at Ferring Rife (DKC)

Kingfisher at Ferring Rife (DKC)

Little Egret at Ferring Rife (DKC)

GORING GAP: Two Whimbrel on the beach at the Gap were a pleasing sight first thing this morning. They shared the shore with 36 Ringed Plovers, four Sanderlings, two Dunlin, 15 Turnstones, seven Oystercatchers, a Grey Heron and 14 Little Egrets. Flyovers included a Yellow Wagtail, a Swift and another Grey Heron. In the Plantation, a Treecreeper was calling and a Sparrowhawk was on patrol. Seven Sandwich Terns and a Green Woodpecker were among the other birds noted (DKC).

LADYWELL: A Spotted Flycatcher was seen. Birds caught for ringing included a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cetti's Warbler, three Reed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 14 Blackcaps and 10 Willow Warblers. Also present was a Raven, two Grey Herons, two Buzzards, a Tawny Owl, two Swifts, two Green Woodpeckers, 50 Jackdaws, another Cetti's Warbler and another three Reed Warblers (JN/SW).

Sunday, 18 August 2019

18th August 2019

BROOKLANDS PLEASURE PARK: A reasonable number of large gulls were gathered at Brooklands Pleasure Park in the late afternoon, including two showy juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls (an adult and a juvenile). The Mute Swan family and a Grey Heron were the best of the other birds seen (DKC).

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park (bird 1) (DKC)

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park (bird 2) (DKC)
CISSBURY RING: The visit to Cissbury Ring paid off with a scattering of half-a-dozen vocal Redstarts, mostly females but including one well-marked male, as well as two heard fly-over Tree Pipits, two Stonechats, a Willow Warbler, a Swallow, four Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, a Yellowhammer, two Buzzards and three Kestrels among the other species logged (DKC).

female Redstart at Cissbury Ring (DKC)

HIGHDOWN: I managed to cover a small part of the site before the heavens opened. The highlight was my first - and long overdue - Whinchat of the year! Two Sand Martins, seven Swallows and a Swift flew through. Other birds included singles of Kestrel, Green Woodpecker and Nuthatch, along with four Skylarks, three Whitethroats and six Blackcaps (DKC).

Whinchat at Highdown (DKC)
WEST WORTHING: A Swift flew over (DKC).

GORING GAP: The 2 Whinchats were still around tough field area today, a Wheatear was also reported here (various)

Saturday, 17 August 2019

17th August 2019

GORING GAP: A phonecall from CH informing us of 2 Whinchat's at present along the fenceline of the rough field which were still present when I arrived at lunchtime. The birds disappeared for periods into the rough ground but soon appeared again on the fenceline as they tried to shelter from the strong breeze. 2 Lesser black-backed Gulls flew west over the fields. A Reed Warbler was also in sub-song in the rough field, a Stock Dove and several Whitethroats were around (NB/GDM)
on the beach at high tide 32 Ringed Plovers. 30+
Turnstones, two Sanderling and a Dunlin. (CH)

Whinchat - 1 of the 2 birds at Goring Gap today (NB)

FINDON GALLOPSA good show of Redstarts this morning with 8 on the fences or in the bushes. Also four Wheatears, 2 Lesser and c.10 Whitethroats. A few Swallows, two Kestrels a flock of 10 Greenfinches and one or two Yellowhammers, a Green Woodpecker and a couple of Skylarks made up the rest (CH)

PATCHING HILL: A good variety of Warblers this morning included 9 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers, 15 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Garden Warbler. . Also present were 3 Firecrests (including a juvenile), 2 Marsh Tits, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, ca.40 Goldfinches and a similar number of Linnets, 6 Yellowhammers, 3 Red Kites, and a Peregrine (RS)

Thursday, 15 August 2019

15th August 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: I couldn't resist scanning the Adur Estuary in the evening. There were two Whimbrel, two Dunlin, 19 Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, three Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers and 100 Starlings of note (DKC).

BROOKLANDS PLEASURE PARK: Pre-roost time for gulls was checked at Brooklands Pleasure Park though I found nothing better than two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. I heard a Little Grebe, a Grey Heron was resting, 110 Starlings flew over and a charm of some 70 Goldfinches alighted in the trees (DKC).

CISSBURY RING: I spent the morning ringing at Cissbury with Val and Finch. The ringing highlight came when I heard a Marsh Tit by one of the net rides and requested D.J. Val to put the tape lure on for the species. Sure enough, it was in the net by the next net round. This is my first sighting in the Worthing area. Another moment of joy came later in the morning when I heard a Pied Flycatcher calling in a sycamore which I had earlier noted as looking promising for the species. After a little patience, it afforded some brief views though it stayed elusive within the canopy. Shortly before we packed the equipment away, a Tree Pipit dropped in and briefly landed in a nearby tree before vanishing. A Lesser Whitethroat, a Red Kite, a Raven, a Yellowhammer, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, 60 Swallows, two Bullfinches, 10 Linnets, a Treecreeper and singles of Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were among the other birds logged while ringing. The catch itself included two Garden Warblers, five Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, and small numbers of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps (DKC).

Marsh Tit at Cissbury Ring (DKC)

LADYWELL: Ringing produced a Song Thrush, two Cetti's Warblers, eight Reed Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 16 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, three Willow Warblers, etc. Observations included a Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, a Tawny Owl, a Green Woodpecker, 80 Jackdaws, six Swallows, a House Martin, two Whitethroats and two Mistle Thrushes (SW/JN).

WORTHING: While popping to the Post Office in Worthing in the afternoon, I noticed six Swifts overhead, behaving as though they might still be local birds, though I can't be sure (DKC).

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

14th August 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: The next stop was the Adur Estuary, where there was a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, two Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, nine Turnstones, five Little Egrets, 10 Mute Swans and two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (DKC).

BROOKLANDS PLEASURE PARK: Late morning I popped in for a short visit to Brooklands Pleasure Park. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Little Grebe and one of the parent Mute Swans with the four young were among the birds present (DKC).

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (left) at Brooklands Pleasure Park (DKC)

GORING GAP: A slow hour at the Gap first thing produced three Sanderlings, seven Turnstones, 20 Ringed Plovers, four Oystercatchers, eight Sandwich Terns, seven Gannets, an adult Mediterranean Gull, an adult Common Gull, a Willow Warbler and 21 Little Egrets (DKC).

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

13th August 2019

GORING GAP: An early morning visit to the Gap felt beautifully autumnal, though migrant numbers on land were small: one Lesser Whitethroat and three Willow Warblers, along with six Whitethroats and two Blackcaps. The beach was livelier than my last visit, mainly thanks to an increase in waders, with 21 Turnstones, two Dunlin, a Sanderling, two Oystercatchers, 17 Ringed Plovers and 12 Little Egrets. Three Gannets flew past in a quick glance offshore. Other birds included an adult Mediterranean Gull, three adult Common Gulls, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker and a Coal Tit (DKC).

FERRING RIFE: A short walk along the path by the Country Centre this morning produced a smart Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler.  A Kingfisher was at the small pond nearby. 
There were again 4 Wheatears on the beach at Goring Gap (CH)

ADUR ESTUARY: I called in to the toll bridge over the Adur Estuary in the evening, seeing a Whimbrel, four Dunlin (one juvenile), 13 Ringed Plovers, nine Little Egrets, a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Mute Swans, 60 Starlings and two recently fledged Pied Wagtails attended by a parent (DKC).

Monday, 12 August 2019

12th August 2019

GORING GAP: Four Wheatears, 18 Ringed Plovers and 20+ Turnstones on the beach at the
Gap this morning. Two Whitethroats in bushes nearby (CH).