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April 25th 2019

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GORING GAP: Trektellen. A brisk SSE/southerly breeze saw another decent seawatch. Highlights included three Arctic Terns (at least, among Commics), eight Little Terns and Swift, as wellas two Manx Shearwaters, a flock of seven Velvet Scoters, 20 Bonxies, 12 Arctic Skuas, four Fulmars, 218 Common Scoters, 206 Gannets, six Red-throated Divers, 29 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 21 Whimbrel, 22 Bar-tailed Godwits (including two on the beach), five Guillemots/Razorbills, 44 Mediterranean Gulls and eight Common Gulls. DKC/GJ

April 24th 2019

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GORING GAP: I arrived at dawn for what turned out to be a steady but hugely satisfying seawatch. Waders were soon on the move, mainly Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrel (72 and 24 in the end, respectively), with singles of Dunlin and Grey Plover thrown in. Skuas soon started as well, though never reached any lofty numbers, with four each of Arctic Skua and Bonxie. One of the Bonxies lingered offshore the whole morning, at one point shredding a gull/tern corpse on the water's surface, which it may well have killed. More importantly, one of the Arctic Skuas was in the company of a group of three Pomarine Skuas in the distance as they tracked east. Despite the great range, they were in decent enough view for a minute or so and a very pleasing way to get my first of the year. These birds weren't picked up further west beforehand, at least not today, but made it to Splash Point 45 minutes later. Other seawatch highlights included 48 Mediterranean Gulls, 11 Common Scoters, a Red-throat…

April 23rd 2019

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GORING GAP was quiet this morning, though a flock involving two Shovelers and seven Teal flew east, as did a Whimbrel and 16 Mediterranean Gulls. Eleven Linnets flew over and later on a Greenshank - only my second record for the patch and my first seen - was on the beach, making the visit worthwhile. Also noted were three Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, 12 Turnstones, four Sanderlings, a Swallow and two Blackcaps. DKC


FERRING RIFE added two Reed Warblers, a Reed Bunting, four Whitethroats, a Song Thrush, three Linnets, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, five Swallows, 12 Moorhens and singles of Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. DKC

A wander around HIGHDOWN produced a House Martin, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Red Kite, six Buzzards, three Mallards, two Green Woodpeckers, a Kestrel, two Yellowhammers and small numbers of Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Four pairs of Long-tailed Tits were going about their business. DKC




Later, a Linnet flew over my WEST WORTHING garden. DKC

April 22nd 2019

GORING GAP : I had a great seawatch at Goring Gap this morning!

Almost as soon as I arrived It was clear that good numbers of birds were on the move, although sadly no poms for me.  As I approached the beach I was surprised to hear a Snipe call and then watch it fly off west, I'm pretty sure I had flushed it from the edge of the sand.  Totals of birds moving were: Mediterranean Gull 146E 9W (mostly adults), Black-headed Gull 141E 3W, Common Gull 42E, Whimbrel 44E, Dunlin 2E, Common/Arctic Tern 13E, Brent Goose 107E, Common Scoter 136E, Sandwich Tern 101E 10W, Arctic Skua 3E, Bonxie 3E and 1 on the sea, Fulmar 2W, Red-breasted Merganser 3E, Bar-tailed Godwit 400+E mostly after about 9am and including impressive flocks c100 and at least 150 (probably more), Linnet 23E 4W, Yellow Wagtail 2E and Swallow 4E. 21 Gannets were feeding offshore and a Peregrine flew along the tideline RS

April 17th 2019

FERRING : I did a watch from Ferring 'bock' this morning from 0940 till 1100. Sea fog limited visibility  to c.500 m but there was a good passage of Med Gulls, many of them nearly overhead. I logged 52. Also 20 Whimbrel,Great Skua, a Gannet and a few Sandwich TernsCH

April 16th 2019

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MARINE GARDENS: A Red-necked Grebe, was picked up mid-morning offshore. The bird was distant but showed reasonably well. Presumably the the same bird which has been lingering off this area of the coast for a while and was seen off Rustington by GDM the other day. The sea was dead other than the grebe and the only notables I had were 7 Common Scoter east as well as 2 Gannets. GJ

GORING BEACH (SDOS outing) : In calm conditions and with visibility far from ideal we struggled to get 14 species in the log between 0700 (0800 for most) and 0945. For the record they were as follows.

Gannet 8E, Cormorant 5E and 2 on sea, Fulmar one W, Brent Goose 19E, Common Scoter 9E, Whimbrel one E, Sandwich Tern 21 E (two were loafing offshore for much of the time) Common Gull 2E, Med Gull 2 W, BH Gull 2E, Herring Gull and GBB Gull both present as were a couple of Turnstones.
Three Swallows flew in off the sea CH et al

GORING GAP : Nice to hear the middle plantation full of bird song in a brief visit, several B…

April 15th 2019

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WORTHING SEAFRONT (Marine Gardens) : 6.15 - 9.15am


Arctic Skua - the pale phased individual that went through today - Adam Huttly (photographed off Rustington)
The forecast was good but arrived a little later than I planned to but was surprised to see the shelter empty and the only observer up until a little later when I was joined by JD and JN. A brisk ESE and morning high tide produced a decent sea-watch this morning, although trying to stay warm in the shelter was a challenge the birds were passing through reguarly to keep you there! Birds were also passing through much closer this morning and although we dont get the numbers that Selsey to the west and Seaford to the east, you get a nice selection and highlights included a nice pale phased Arctic Skua that went through and a Great Skua very early on as did 3 Garganey and 2 Arctic Terns that were close enough to be scrutinised and confirmed, just a single Little Gull which lingered for a while before heading east a good passage of C…