Climping and Warningcamp

Another trip to Climping this morning for a seawatch. On the sea were a few Red-breasted Merganser (the females appearing quite dark which confused me), 80-100 Brent Geese and a few Great Crested Grebes. Auks and Red-throated Divers were on the move, some occasionally landing on the sea to dive for food, and there were plenty of Gannets. Very distantly, near the wind farm, there were huge numbers of birds on the move, mostly west, which were probably gulls. I met Bola, who told me a Great Skua went by, but I didn't pick it up. Four Sanderling came by and landed close. A Brent Goose came close to the shore and I managed to get a few shots. Bola suggested it could be a good candidate for Pale-bellied Brent Goose (ssp. hrota). Looking more closely at the photos and this BirdGuides article the ID appears correct. 

Pale-bellied Brent Goose


A Common Scoter was close in amongst the Brent Geese. 

Common Scoter

En route home I did the Warningcamp loop, which was was pretty uneventful apart from a Marsh Harrier gliding over the river towards Arundel early on. I went up to the triangle at Burpham briefly but didn't see any 


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