Sunday, 17 June 2018

Cissbury Ring and Belmont

Cissbury Ring this morning featured two fly-over Mediterranean Gulls, brief bursts of song from a Lesser Whitethroat and - more unusually - a Reed Warbler, as well as three Bullfinches, two Yellowhammers and a Tawny Owl of note.

Back in Surrey briefly, eight Swifts were over the pub in Belmont in the evening.

Friday, 15 June 2018


Two Linnets and a Jackdaw were the only vaguely unusual sightings during a brief and casual walk around the Gap.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


I've spent the last few days blitzing jobs that really needed sorting out, namely finalising the 2017 Surrey records for the London Bird Club and eventually making sense of my 2017 CFBW breeding bird survey. Now that all that has been pretty much completed, I treated myself to an early morning vigil at the Gap this morning. A Lapwing which flew from the beach was definitely the biggest surprise and 132 eastbound Common Scoters included a raft of 115. A Bonxie, five Sandwich Terns, nine Gannets, and a Common Tern were offshore, while other bits included a Ringed Plover, three Oystercatchers, seven Swifts, 13 Black-headed Gulls (noticeable increase), a Little Egret and three Swallows.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Cissbury Ring

A morning with Val B, Finch D and Mya B featured a Raven, two Red Kites, two Sparrowhawks, two Kestrels (attacked by the Sparrowhawks), a Yellowhammer, two Bullfinches and a Swallow of note, as well as my first fledgling Whitethroat of the year.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Canons Farm, Banstead Woods, Banstead Downs and Sutton

A short walk around Canons late morning with Josh B featured Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Goldcrest feeding young, Nuthatch and a handful of Linnets. While in the Rambler's Rest garden (Banstead Woods sector) with Paul G and Linda M at lunchtime, two Coal Tits and a Goldcrest were calling in the pines. Stopping off at my parents', a Whitethroat was singing from adjacent Banstead Downs and while dropping friends off from a trip to the cinema in the evening, we stopped off in Sutton for a quick look at the resident Peregrine pair.

Thursday, 7 June 2018


A worthwhile visit to the patch this morning, starting with a Bonxie and a Fulmar during a short seawatch, along with 16 Gannets and two Sandwich Terns. During an amble around the Gap, a Hobby appeared overhead, representing a well overdue patch tick, and two separate Painted Ladys were a treat. The tide was out as I began to head home but a scan of the beach only revealed a lone Oystercatcher.


Chaffinch (left) and Greenfinch

Painted Lady

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


A very half-hearted visit to the Gap produced an eastbound Swallow, five Gannets, a Little Egret and seven Oystercatchers of note.

Monday, 4 June 2018


A pleasant morning was spent ringing with John N and Sue W. Between net rounds we saw noted two Mediterranean Gulls overhead, two Peregrines, a Little Egret, two Cetti's Warblers, a Treecreeper and six Reed Warblers.

Sunday, 3 June 2018


Well things came good today. While dismounting my bike on the way back home from the Gap, a rather abrupt and gruff starling call made me look up, only to see a Rosy Starling fly directly overhead as it headed east, directly towards my house! Luckily I hadn't packed my binoculars away so got a good 10 seconds or so viewing before I lost it behind the buildings towards Grand Avenue. All that scanning of Starling flocks lately and it happens at such a random moment! I felt as though the bird was 'in the area' and not powering through - it looked as though it thought about landing a couple of times but carried on - so I'll keep an eye out for it over the next few days.

Earlier at the Gap I logged an eastbound flock of five Gadwall, 11 Gannets, a Swallow, a 2CY Mediterranean Gull, two Black-headed Gulls, two Sandwich Terns, two Little Egrets and an Oystercatcher.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ferring Rife

A short evening visit, mainly to keep net rides in check, produced little other than a Linnet, Pheasant, two Moorhens, a Mallard, two Whitethroats and my first fledged Blue Tits of the year.