Climping

I needed to divert from Amberley this morning due fog and decided to go to Climping. It was an enjoyable morning despite not seeing too much out to sea. Interestingly, further along the coast good passages were reported including skuas, further proof that perhaps Climping is in a bit of a blind spot along the Sussex coast. Nevertheless, it was an instructive trip. First thing two birds went by that I initially thought were both Whimbrel, but after hearing reports later of a few Bar-tailed Godwits around I checked my camera and noticed that one of the birds was a Bar-tailed Godwit, it's upturned bill quite obvious. This must have been buried somewhere in my unconscious because I recorded them both as Whimbrel at the time but the report seen later gave me some kind of cue to check the photo I'd taken of the two birds. A steady stream of Sandwich Terns was going by allowing me to get familiar again with this species and the diagnostic features; I recorded 28, all going east. 8 Mediterranean Gulls and at leat 4 Gannets were around, the latter being tricky to count as I wasn't sure if I was seeing the same birds patrolling the area. It was fantastic to see one dive for fish and then sit on the water for a moment. 2 Turnstones were on the beach and a bit later they were joined by 2 Sanderling. I didn't see which direction the Sanderling came in from, but they appeared to come in off the sea rather than from somewhere else along the coast, although I could be wrong. It's possible they could be migrants from Africa or even Russia rather than from the wintering population here (see this wadertales blog). As I was standing on the beach an unusual bird call was heard, faint at first and then repeated almost above my head, although I never got eyes on the bird. It sounded too loud for a passerine, more like a wader call, but not one I am familiar with so it will have to remain a mystery. A Whitethroat and a Willlow Warbler were also noted.

Sanderling

Sanderling

Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern

Turnstone

Gannet

Gannet






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