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
Sunday, January 3, 2021
A walk along the Adur from the Cement Works to St Peter’s Church in Upper Beeding produced a Wigeon, two Egyptian Geese, two Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, two Kingfishers, two Kestrels, Raven, 32 Redwings, two Fieldfares, two Stonechats, Grey Wagtail and four Meadow Pipits. No sign however of any Goosanders.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
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.
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
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
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.