Sunday, April 19, 2020

Local Birding - lockdown round up 3

Obviously this is a very difficult time for all of us in so many ways. With the current government guidelines in place to try and reduce the spread of corona virus, I am now doing all my birding on foot from the flat within sensible walking distance whilst adhering to social distancing measures. I am lucky because Goring Gap and Ferring Rife are a short walk from my front door. New places visited last week included Patching Pond and Patching Hill. 

Highlights from the past week include:
  • Arctic Skua - One flew east at Goring Gap on 17 April 2020 and three flew east on 18 April 2020
  • Arctic Tern - One flew east at Goring Gap on 18 April 2020
  • Bar-tailed Godwit - One on the beach at Goring Gap on 19 April 2020
  • Bullfinch - Two at Highdown Hill on 16 April 2020
  • Buzzard - Four over the flat on 19 April 2020
  • Egyptian Goose -  Two flew east over Ferring on 19 April 2020
  • Great Northern Diver - One flew east at Goring Gap on 17 April 2020
  • Great Skua One offshore and three flew east at Goring Gap on 17 April 2020
  • Grey Heron - Two flew east over Goring Gap on 17 April 2020
  • Grey Partridge - Two at Highdown Hill on 14 April 2020
  • Lesser Whitethroat - Singing male at Highdown Hill on 15 April 2020
  • Little Tern - Four flew east off Goring Gap on 17 April 2020
  • Marsh Tit- Seen regularly on visits to Highdown Hill and also pair observed carrying food at Patching Hill
  • Raven - One at Patching Hill on 15 April 2020
  • Sedge Warbler - Two at North Goring Gap on 16 April 2020
  • Whinchat - Two at Goring Gap on 18 April 2020
My lockdown list now stands at 111 species. 

1 of 2 Whinchat at Goring Gap on 18 April 2020
Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach at Goring Gap on 19 April 2020

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