Climping, Amberley Wildbrooks, Chantry and Pulborough Brooks

I went to Climping early this morning, the first time in a while. There was a large encampment on the beach where I usually watch from, but it didn't deter the migrants with a Wheatear and Whinchat amonst it. The sea was dead, just a few Oystercatchers and Gannets were spotted. A Common Sandpiper and a few Turnstones were on the beach. A Yellow Wagtail was heard. 

Campers at Climping

Wheatear

Common Sandpiper

Wheatear

Whinchat

Amberley was eventful with three patch year ticks! Firstly a Great Black-backed Gull, followed by a Coal Tit around Middle Gutter which had seemingly associated with a Chiffchaff, and finally a Grey Wagtail which flew over towards the abattoir. All fairly common birds, but evidently not at Amberley. That brings my Amberley year list to 115. Other highlights were 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 3 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Green Sandpipers flying over, and a Marsh Harrier. 

Marsh Harrier

In the afternoon I walked from Kithurst to Lee Farm with Klara and the highlight was a Marsh Harrier near Chantry. 

In the evening I headed over to Pulborough to see the 2 Little Stints reported on the north brooks today. I only found one, obviously a lot smaller than the other waders present, and the rusty tones could be made out even at that distance. Pete and Alice arrived and other bird highlights were Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe and a Swift. 

Little Stint


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