Sanderling West Beach 18th Jan 2017

18 January, 2017

A cold bright sunny morning around the patch produced very little with just 25 Sanderling,  6 Grey Plover and 1 Med Gull West Beach and just a single Meadow Pipit there.  A Little Egret on the Golf Course and 5 Grey Partridge in the field west of the Mill. Singles of Treecreeper, Jay, Great-spotted Woodpecker and 4 Goldcrest in Firstwood,  and singles of both Common Sanpiper and Redshank in the Marina.





14 January, 2017

A brief visit for me around the patch this morning produced the usual fare offshore from the car park, with c.60 Gannet, 70 Brent Geese, 20 Common Scoter, 5 Great Crested Grebe and small numbers of both Sanderling and Turnstone on the tideline. A flock of c.80 Skylark in the fields at the bottom of Longwood and a single Mediterranean Gull flew west there, the highlight being 2 Bullfinch at the bottom of the Mill path.

10 January, 2017

A good walk around the farm this morning, with a good variety of species although nothing special.

Green Sandpiper - 1
Water Rail - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Snipe - 1
Gadwall - c.100
Teal - 29
Wigeon - 7
Tufted Duck - 1
Med Gull - 2w
Kingfisher - 2
Redwing - c.65
Fieldfare - c.40
Mistle Thrush - 3
Bullfinch - 10
Meadow Pipit - 8
Stonechat - 2
Chiffchaff - 4
Goldcrest - 4
Grey Wagtail - 1
Pied Wagtail - 3
Buzzard - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 2


Mistle Thrush
Onto Climping Beach early afternoon with the tide half way out, a few bits and bobs along the shoreline and on the calm sea.

Med Gull - c.50
Common Scoter - 40
Red-throated Diver - 1 os
Great-crested Grebe - 11
Brent Geese - c.200 os
Grey Plover - 9
Red-breated Merganser - os 5
Guillemot - 1 os
Sanderling - 33
Turnstone - 60
Oystercatcher - 3

09 January, 2017

Climping Beach from 08:15 produced good numbers of Gannets and Common Scoters feeding offshore and Lapwing and  Curlew in the fields before the Crow scares flushed everything away.

Red-throated Diver - 3 os
Kittiwake - 2w
Med Gull - 1w
Gannet - c.80
Common Scoter - 60 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 15 os
Great-crested Grebe - 1 os
Brent Geese - c.180 os
Sanderling - 55
Curlew - 46
Lapwing - c.130 back fields
Ringed Plover - 1
Oystercatcher - 3w 3e
Turnstone - 50


04 January, 2017

Received  a report of 2 Long-tailed Duck flying east past Poole Place at 14:53 (OM)

Happy new year to all, first visit out for me this year, nothing of any note but good numbers of wildfowl on the big pool.

Gadwall - c.75
Teal - 42
Wigeon - 23
Tufted Duck - 2
Water Rail - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Snipe - 4
Redwing - 65
Fieldfare - 40
Chiffchaff  - 4
Goldcrest - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1
Stonechat - 3
Bullfinch - 3
Yellowhammer - 1
Pied Wagtail - 7

Onto Climping beach from 13:30 were there was hundreds if not thousands of Gulls, Gannets feeding distantly offshore with loads of distant Auks sp moving mainly east.

Red-throated Diver - 1w 1 on sea
Common Scoter - 5w
Great-crested Grebe - 6 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 2w 1e 2 os
Med Gull - c.45 back fields
Sanderling - c.55
Turnstone - c.75
Oystercatcher - 5w
Kestrel - 1
Goldcrest - 3



26 December, 2016

A fine bright sunny morning saw a lot  of activity offshore,  unfortunately most passing very distant.

Brent Geese - c.600 around
Red-throated Diver - 11w 2e
Diver sp - 7w 3e
Common Scoter - 11 os
Auk sp - 15w 7e
Kittiwake - 4w
Med Gull - 35 os and fields
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Red-breasted Merganser - 17 os
Gannet - 13w 4e
Sanderling - 27 on beach
Oystercatcher - 5
Turnstone - c.50
Curlew - 1
Grey Partridge - 10
Skylark - c.60
Pied Wagtail - 12
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Green Woodpecker - 1
Jay - 1
Treecreeper -1
Firecrest - 1
Goldcrest - 12

22 December, 2016

A fine bright sunny morning took me up to the river mouth where 35 Sanderling, 5 Oystercatchers and 20 Turnstone  feeding on the out going tideline. From the dunes at west beach 1 Stonchat and 7 Meadow Pipit. Onto the Mill and the back of the golf course, which again was very quiet with just  1 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Skylark and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.

Reed Bunting

18 December, 2016

Another romp around the farm from midday in gloomy mild grey conditions produced the following.

Gadwall - 57
Teal - 19
Wigeon - 7
Pochard - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 2
Mute Swan - 5
Cormorant - 3
Green Sandpiper - 1
Snipe - 1
Fieldfare - 7
Redwing - 5
Skylark - 4
Reed Bunting - 2
Yellowhammer - 5
Stonechat - 3
Bullfinch - 6
Pied Wagtail - 5
Coal Tit - 1
Chiffchaff - 2
Goldcrest - 2
Buzzard - 3

16 December, 2016

A walk from the car park up to poole place and back produced c.140 Sanderling along the incoming tide line, c.500 Brent Geese in the fields along with 43 Curlew, 65 Med Gull flew out of the back fields and landed on the sea, 40 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit and 23 Pied Wagtail. Offshore 1w Red-throated Diver and 9 Oystercatcher east.

Meadow Pipit

Sanderling present in good numbers