Ferring Beach and Amberley Wildbrooks

I tried a seawatch at Ferring this morning as it looks like it might be a bit better placed than Climping to see some passage. It was pretty quiet first thing between 6 and 8, but I think this was the case anywhere along the coast. There was no wind and the sea was dead calm. There were still a few bits:

Great Crested Grebe - 3 pairs on sea
Mediterranean Gull - 2W
Sandwich Tern - 21E
Tern sp.- 19E
Common Scoter - 5E
Gannet - 8E
Whimbrel - 7E
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1E
Barnacle Goose - 1E

Waders on the beach were 18 Oystercatcher, 14 Turnstone, 7 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin. There was a Little Egret about and 2 Swallow went west low along the beach. 

Great Crested Grebe

Ferring Beach

At Amberley there were feelings of joy and relief when I heard my first Nightingale of the year by the kissing gate. It wasn't quite in full song, but I did hear both on the way out and the way back. I flushed 2 Redshanks from the river near the swamp. I wonder whether there could be a nest there. Other notable sightings were a single House Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, all 3 Willow Warblers accounted for, a Cuckoo sat on the fence by Quell Farm, occasionally dropping down for worms, a Wheatear around the same area, and 11 singing Sedge Warblers.

Cuckoo

Mute Swan nesting next to the path

 

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