April 2024

13th - Singing Reed and Willow Warblers heard in Brooklands Park, along with 4 Cettis Warblers and the female Goldeneye hanging around still. A Peregrine flew south over Adur Avenue. A Lesser Whitethroat singing in Sompting whilst the sea was dead again, just a Black-throated Diver and a Common Tern of note.

12th - 3 Wheatears on the beach opposite George V Avenue, today saw a good arrival of Whitethroats with birds in Sompting and Stump bottom. The sea was quiet again with just 7 Brent Geese and a few Scoter noted. 13 Mute Swans flew over Brooklands. The first Swift of the year was reported over Worthing seafront.

11th - A Osprey drifted over East Worthing station upsetting the local Gull population and a Firecrest was singing in High Salvington.

10th - A Little-ringed Plover flew west over Goring Gap beach (only the 2nd site record), the female Goldeneye still at Brooklands, good numbers of Chiffchaff and Blackcap were at Highdown

Blackcap and Chiffchaff - Highdown (N.Bond)

9th - A Common Redstart and 2 Chiffchaffs were reported from Cissbury Ring.

8th - Highlights of todays seawatch from Marine Gardens 06:30-11:00. 170 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Great Skua, 3 Black-throated Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver and a frustratingly brief  Little Gull that  vanished into troughs. Only 16 Brent Geese, 60 Common Scoter and a handful of Sandwich Terns in light SSE winds. 13 Whimbrel were also seen flying east from East Worthing. A singing Whitethroat was on the east side of Goring Gap, whilst at Cissbury, highlights included 2 Wheatear, 14 Yellowhammers and singing Willow Warbler

7th - A summer-plumage Black-necked Grebe was offshore from Widewater this evening, 5 Wheatears were at Sompting Brooks and several Swallows and House Martins were over West Street Sompting. 

6th - A bit of interest recorded on sea-watches with 2 Arctic, 1 Great Skua, 2 Whimbrel and 42 Sandwich Terns a Common Tern of note. 150 plus Mediterranean Gulls passed east in a 45 minute period mid-morning.

5th -  4 Whimbrels and a Bonxie(Great Skua) were recorded going west at Goring Gap where 3 Wheatear were seen heading north, Swallows were recorded in Angmering, Highdown Hill and Sompting Village where both Sand and House Martins were seen.  5 Yellowhammers, 7 Willow Warblers and a Firecrest were noted at Highdown Hill.

4th - Willow Warbler was singing this evening at Cissbury Fields near Shephards Mead
2nd - A Wheatear was on the beach at the end of Grand Avenue.

1st - 2 Egyptian Geese and a Grey Wagtail were present at Patching Pond, whilst a seawatch from Marine Gardens produced the following
0730-1130hrs Brent Geese 74E, Common Scoter 64E 3W, Wigeon 6E Curlew 1W, Sandwich Tern 5 E, Mediterranean Gull 4E, Gannet 4E, Bonxie 1 from W then lost on sea, Red-throated Diver 8 E, Black-throated Diver 1E, Diver sp 4, Kittiwake 1E, Bottlenose Dolphin 6+, Grey Seal 1. A singing Sedge Warbler was at the southern end of Brooklands Park where the female Goldeneye made it into April. 4 Cetti's Warblers were heard around the park