Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Goring Gap - Patch tick!

Good variety at the Gap this morning. A Dartford Warbler was found along the barbed wire fence (a site first for me) at the southern end of the eastern most field and was associating with 2 Stonechats, all 3 birds frequenting the fence and the adjacent weedy field. A late Wheatear was on the western field and was later seen flying the beach area, this field also hosted a good number of Pied WagtailsMeadow Pipits and some Skylarks, waders and gulls are using the fields here again now after recently being ploughed.
The hedgerows to the north of the gap produced 2 Firecrests and a Ring Ouzel was seen briefly with 2 continental Blackbirds (I could not re-locate later probably due to an increase in dog-walkers in the area) and a Siskin flew over. A dozen Great- Crested Grebes were on the sea with a single Shelduck and Brent Goose flew west.

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