Monday 3 September 2018

Goring Gap and Ferring Rife

Things started quietly but it ended up being a decent enough day on the patch in the company of Gareth, Nick and Garry. Grounded migrants at the Gap included two Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts and three Whitethroats, while moving overhead there were 56 Yellow Wagtails, two Swifts, a Tree Pipit, two Grey Wagtails, three Pied Wagtails, 156 House Martins, four Sand Martins and 93 Swallows. Counts included 24 Little Egrets, two Redshanks, 64 Ringed Plovers, 20 Oystercatchers, nine Sanderlings, 10 Dunlin, three Mediterranean Gulls, two Common Gulls and four Sandwich Terns. A quick look at the sea revealed singles of Great Crested Grebe and Gannet. Two Coal Tits, a Jackdaw and a Goldcrest were noted.

Spotted Flycatcher at Goring Gap

Sandwich Tern at Goring Gap

Ferring Rife was on form with two Whinchats, a Wheatear, four Spotted Flycatchers and two Redstarts, as well as a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, 13 Linnets, eight House Martins, 14 Swallows, four Rooks, four Jackdaws, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, three Buzzards and 14 Moorhens. We also saw a Clouded Yellow, a Small Copper and a Red Admiral.

Whinchat at Ferring Rife

Rook at Ferring Rife