Rock Thrush Morocco April 2016

18 May, 2017

Totals for today,

Peregrine - 1
Buzzard - 1
Whimbrel - 1
Sandwich Tern - 4
Gannet - 1
Little Egret - 2
Swift - 2
Swallow - 20
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2
Song Thrush - 3
Stonechat - 2
Meadow Pipit - 8
Spotted Fly - 1
Bullfinch - 1
Blackcap - 3
Whitethroat - 15
Sedge Warbler - 1
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 10
Chiffchaff - 6

07 May, 2017

Plenty of activity and song in a cold north east breeze around Marsh Farm this morning.

Hobby - 1
Cuckoo - 1
Swift - 30
Swallow - 55
House Martin - 6
Chiffchaff - 13
Willow Warbler - 2
Whitethroat - 16
Lesser Whitethroat - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 3
Reed Warbler - 22
Sedge Warbler - 3
Blackcap - 7
Yellowhammer - 10
Reed Bunting - 6
Mistle Thrush - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Green Woodpecker - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Med Gull - 6



05 May, 2017

Good numbers of Swift moving through the Golf course with c.100 up until mid morning, offshore a single flock of c.30 Barwits east and a lingering Bonxie.

Swift - c.100
Swallow - 11
Reed Warbler - 11
Sedge Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Wheatear - 1
Whitethroat - 15
Blackcap - 3
Chiffchaff - 4
Willow Warbler - 1
Song Thrush - 3
Reed Bunting - 3
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Whimbrel - 4
Bar-tailed Godwit - c.30e
Great Skua - 1
Great-crested Grebe - 2 os
Gannet - 10 offshore
Sandwich Tern - 6w 3e

Not much to report for Wed 3rd just 2w Canada Geese and 6 Whimbrel the only birds of note.

I recieved a late report for the 2nd of May of a  Wood Sandpiper in the area.

 Did a late morning walk from the car park at Climping along West Beach primarily for the benefit of the dog, but just in the area near the car park and pools put up a Wood Sandpiper – presumably just arrived and resting up ahead of flying on. Pretty good record for a late morning dog walk. Not much else apart from a few Sandwich Terns, very distant Gannets and about six Whimbrel – one on the beach, four on GC and one on the mud by the path north of the Yacht Club just before Rope Walk. (MD)

02 May, 2017

A fine bright sunny morning with just a hint of a breeze found me wandering around the Golf Course and the back fields. Again nothing to get excited about, combined totals below include my first Swift of the year.

Swift - 1
Swallow - 20
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Whitethroat - c.40
Reed Warbler - 17
Sedge Warbler - 3
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Goldcrest - 1
Willow Warbler - 5
Chiffchaff - 7
Blackcap - 11
Reed Bunting - 4
Whimbrel - 10
Grey Heron - 1
Little Egret - 1
Med Gull - 2
Grey Partridge - 2
Song Thrush - 4
Peregrine - 1
Stock Dove - 4
Coot - 2
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 2


Whimbrel on the golf course

A quick stroll around Marsh Farm this afternoon produced 2 Cuckoo, 4 Lapwing, 3 Buzzard, 11 Med Gull, 3 Cetti's Warbler and a Wheatear, as well as the usual array of Warblers.

Records for Monday 1st May sea watch at Climping beach produced no Poms for me but some splendid close inshore Artic Skua action with 7e and 2e 1w Great Skua.  Just 6e Eider and a couple of Shelduck before I called a halt to proceedings.

29 April, 2017

A report of 3 Whinchat in the rife by the old railway carriages and a Swift over today.

27 April, 2017

A brisk visit to the patch, found the Ring Ouzel still present in the back lawn of Kents Farm Cottage, viewed from the private road leading down towards the seafront. Favouring the western edge of the garden looking over the pond. A Little Owl around  Bailiffscourt, also 2 Treecreeper there and a White Wagtail on the back lawn. Quick look offshore produced a couple of Whimbrel and Sandwich Tern, and a single Shelduck west and Great-crested Grebe on the sea.

Ring Ouzel


Mistle Thrush
Treecreeper Bailiffscourt


Sandwich Tern Climping Beach

Fox


26 April, 2017

Very quiet in the patch this morning in a cold northerly wind, with just 5 Whimbrel on and around the golf course, 20 or so Med Gull calling overhead and the usual assortment of Warblers heard although present in smaller numbers. 5 Wheatear in the back fields, 2 Stonechat and a Coot still present. A smart looking male Ring Ouzel in the back garden of Kents Farm House, was the clear highlight of the morning. This is accessed from the private road east of Climping. Also 2 Mistle, 3 Song Thrush and 9 Blackbirds there.




25 April, 2017

A quick visit to the patch paid dividends with a singing Nightingale seen and heard from the back of the golf course.

Nightingale - 1 (RP)
Shelduck - 3w
Whimbrel - 4
Sandwich Tern - 8
Med Gull - 18e
Little Egret - 1
Swallow - 3
Wheatear - 2
Chiffchaff - 10
Willow Warbler - 4
Whitethroat - 10
Cetti's Warbler - 1
Reed Warbler - 8
Blackcap - 8

A couple of personal firsts of the year from Marsh Farm with 3 House Martin  over the big pool with several Swallow's, and a nice Whinchat. Good numbers of a variety of Warblers in full song, with at least 6 Cetti's present.



24 April, 2017

A seawatch from 06:45 didn't produce the required totals.

Mediterranean Gull - 27e
Whimbrel - 12e 6w
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1e
Brent Geese - c.33
Common Scoter - 65e
Sandwich Tern - 12e 7w
Gannet - c.60 following trawlers
Oystercatcher - 1e 3w
Cormorant - 11e 4w
Sanderling - 42w
Dunlin - 2w
Turnstone - 30w
Great-crested Grebe - 3 os
Swallow - 4
Wheatear - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1


Whitethroat present in good numbers

Linnet