Friday, 2 March 2018


The highlight of the day at the Gap was a 2CY Caspian Gull which spent almost two hours in the field north of the rough area, the first site record. Two Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach were the first of the year and four Golden Plovers were logged, including two grounded birds. Three Curlews flew east offshore while two Red-throated Divers, a Razorbill and two Guillemots passed and 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and 17 Great Crested Grebes were on the sea. Two Redshanks were among the usual waders on the beach. Two adult Lesser Black-backed, four adult Mediterranean Gulls and three 'Scandinavian Herring Gulls' (two adults and a 2CY) visited the fields. Passerines included two Stonechats, six Meadow Pipits, 13 Fieldfares and seven Skylarks.

2CY Caspian Gull at Goring Gap

Bar-tailed Godwits at Goring Gap

Golden Plover at Goring Gap

Golden Plovers at Goring Gap

2CY 'Scandinavian Herring Gull' at Goring Gap

adult 'Scandinavian Herring Gull' at Goring Gap

A check of Ferring Rife produced a flock of 23 Golden Plovers in the paddocks on the west side. Two Jack Snipe, a drake Pintail, four Water Rails, seven Teal, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Snipe, two Lapwings, two Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, a Kestrel, five Moorhens, nine Fieldfares, three Redwings, six Song Thrushes and two Meadow Pipits were among the other birds present.

Golden Plovers at Ferring Rife
Pintail, Teal and Snipe at Ferring Rife

Lapwing at Ferring Rife