Climping and Amberley Wildbrooks

The easterly winds bringing gifts of snow had just began to bite this morning, but for a couple of hours at Climping it was just about bearable, and I had an enjoyable seawatch. Most of what I saw was on the sea, with at least 10 Red-throated Divers feeding, one of which appeared to be in breeding plumage. An additional 5 Red-throated Divers flew past east. Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Crested Grebes and 4 Common Scoter were also noted on the sea. Again I thought I saw a smaller black and white grebe, but it was constantly under the water so I wasn't able to get an ID. Just 6 auks seen, all moving east, and 4 Gannets. On the shore a flock of Turnstone and Sanderling were moving around and occasionally coming in close, and 4 Brent Geese landed in the arable field behind. 

Sanderling and Turnstone

Sanderling and Turnstone

Sanderling and Turnstone

Red-throated Divers

I popped in to Amberley on the way home and by this time the winds had really picked up and it was bitterly cold, so I didn't hang around long. Water has come up even further continue to reduce access to the Wey South Path. Highlight of the trip was a Lesser Black-backed Gull with the black-headed and commons, not a speicies I see here often. Peregrine, Buzzard, 38 Coot, 7 Gadwall, 3 Bullfinch and singing Skylark were the other notable sightings.
 
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Amberley Wildbrooks

Amberley Wildbrooks

Amberley Wildbrooks

Wey South Path

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