Wednesday, January 6, 2021

6th January 2020 - Angmering Decoy Ponds

A circular walk from Angmering to the Decoy Ponds (a new location for me) produced a vocal pair of Pergerines resting in an arable field. A very high count of 171 Mallards (may include some deliberately released birds) on the decoy ponds along with six Moorhens. The woodland and hedgerows produced 10 Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, two Song Thrushes, 11 Redwings, two Chaffinches and seven Goldfinches. Other birds included 28 Meadow Pipits and a Stonechat.

Monday, January 4, 2021

4th January 2021 - Goring Gap

A quick visit, late morning yielded three Mediterranean Gulls, 34 Grey Plovers, 24 Ringed Plovers, 153 Dunlin, two Skylarks and two Pied Wagtails.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

3rd January 2021 - Shoreham Cement Works to St Peter's Church

A walk along the Adur from the Cement Works to St Peter’s Church in Upper Beeding produced a Wigeon, two Egyptian Geese, two LapwingCommon SandpiperSparrowhawk, two Kingfishers, two KestrelsRaven, 32 Redwings, two Fieldfares, two StonechatsGrey Wagtail and four Meadow Pipits. No sign however of any Goosanders

Saturday, January 2, 2021

2nd January 2021 - Goring Gap to Shoreham Beach

A good selection of birds at Goring Gap this morning. The highlight was a Great Northern Diver offshore. Also noted were 41 Red-breasted Mergansers, 41 Common Scoter, ten Brent Geese, 22 Red-throated Divers and 20 Great Crested Grebes. On the beach, waders comprised of 30 Oystercatcher, 23 Grey Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, ca.100 Dunlin, six Sanderling and two Redshank. As I was heading home, a Sparrowhawk passed over the roost field.

Early afternoon, I headed over to Lancing College to check the small pond near the Sussex Pad. I found 19 Teal, nine Mallard and two Chiffchaffs. Also of note was a flock of ca.100 Redwings feeding in the paddocks.

I moved round to Shoreham Beach where after a bit of searching I found the Dartford Warbler (poor photo below), also two Meadow Pipits there. Then moving onto the harbour where there was a juvenile Purple Sandpiper on the wooden jetty and four Turnstones on the west arm. Offshore there was still a feeding frenzy of around ca.100 Gannets, three Red-throated Divers flew east and two Razorbills were close inshore. The Black Redstart at Shoreham Sailing Club was still present. Final stop was the Adur Estuary RSPB viewpoint where I found the over-wintering Greenshank, 58 Lapwing, 12 Redshank and a Grey Heron.

Dartford Warbler, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex


Friday, January 1, 2021

1st January 2021 - Goring Gap, Ferring Rife, Brooklands, Shoreham Harbour and Burpham

I started the morning at Goring Gap where I recorded the following: on the sea was six Wigeon, four Brent Geese, four Teal, four Common Scoter, 10 Great Crested Grebes and two Red-breasted Mergansers. The beach held nine Oystercatcher, four Grey Plover, two Ringed Plover, 20 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling and 53 Dunlin. Noted in the roost field was just a single Skylark.

Next stop was Ferring Rife where the highlight was two Little Grebes, my first here since a single on 10th January 2019. Elsewhere, a Water Rail near the small group of conifers. Other notables included four Stock Doves, 23 Moorhens, a Grey Heron, a Jay, three Song Thrushes, a Stonechat, nine Linnets and a Reed Bunting.

Moving onto Brooklands where I saw the Great Northern Diver offshore and the drake Pochard on the lake and a very showy male Kingfisher on the stream. Afterwards, I moved onto Shoreham Beach which was very productive and produced a Purple Sandpiper on the west arm along with a Rock Pipit. Offshore was a feeding frenzy of c100 Gannets and two Mute Swans were at the harbour mouth. The Black Redstart was still present at Shoreham Sailing Club.

Purple Sandpiper, Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex


I ended the day at Burpham where I had good views of the 10 adult Bewick's Swans and a Barn Owl was seen near the dew pond. 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

31st December 2020 - Goring Gap

A quiet end of year visit to Goring Gap produced 15 Ringed Plover, a Turnstone, 38 Dunlin, three Skylarksand two Pied Wagtails in the roost field. On the beach, a Redshank was roosting on the groynes. Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the eastern most plantation along with three Goldcrests and a Greenfinch.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

30th December 2020 - Climping Beach and Goring Gap

A morning walk from the car park at Climping to the mouth of the River Arun and back produced ca.100 Dunlin, 44 Ringed Plover, 38 Turnstone, three Sanderling, four Oystercatcher and 23 Grey Plover. Offshore was very quiet with just a single Gannet, a Red-throated Diver and six Mediterranean Gulls noted. Passerines included a Stonechat, eight Meadow Pipits, five Pied Wagtails, seven Greenfinches, two Linnets and a flyover Grey Wagtail.

Late afternoon in the roost field at Goring Gap were up to c1500 gulls. They comprised mainly of Common and Black-headed Gulls. Much to my surprise, I could only find two Mediterranean Gulls amongst them.