Monday, 16 April 2018

Goring and Ferring

I was out in the field from dawn till mid-afternoon. Three Bonxies flew east during an early seawatch and 70 Mediterranean Gulls flew mostly east, including a squadron of 34. The biggest surprise, though, was an adult hrota-type Brent Goose which flew west late on. Some light Gannet movement was evident offshore in the morning, with 44 birds noted, as well as a Red-breasted Merganser, 24 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, seven Sandwich Terns, two Common Terns and three Great Crested Grebes. Nine Turnstones were on the beach, along with a Sanderling, two Ringed Plovers and a Grey Plover. Four Swallows flew through the Gap and other passerine migrants included eight Wheatears, five Meadow Pipits, a Willow Warbler, two Pied Wagtails, nine Linnets and three Blackcaps. The Chiffchaffs noted were probably established birds, one observed gathering nesting material. Singles of Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were logged, along with a Mallard and a Moorhen.

adult hrota-type Pale-bellied Brent Goose past Goring Gap

male Wheatear at Goring Gap
A stroll along the Rife added two Mallards, a Pheasant, another Sparrowhawk, three Moorhens, three Chiffchaffs, a Pied/White Wagtail and two Linnets. A couple more Turnstones were on the beach there.