Monday, 9 December 2019

9th December 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still, a Curlew, 30+ Redshanks, five Dunlin and several Turnstones (SOS).

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Purple Sandpiper again on jetty at high tide at 9am, plus 10 Turnstones and c30 Greenfinches (SOS).

Sunday, 8 December 2019

8th December 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: Two Little Grebes (BirdTrack).

BROADWATER: At least 2 Blackcaps were seen in a private garden today for the first time this winter, a Moorhen is also frequently visiting the garden feeding station (AA)


Blackcaps visiting the garden apples (AA)

SALVINGTON: Two Firecrests at Rogate Road/Offingham Lane, plus a Blackcap and 20 Redwings (NB).

STEYNING: Blackcap and Sparrowhawk (BirdTrack).

STEYNING DOWNLAND: Two Marsh Tits (BirdTrack).


Saturday, 7 December 2019

7th December 2019

CISSBURY RING: A Marsh Tit, a Tawny Owl, two Ravens and 15 Redwings (VB).

SALVINGTON: Around 20 Redwings and at least 4 Blackcap were around the gardens at the end of Rogate Road/Offington Lane (NO)

Friday, 6 December 2019

6th December 2019

GORING GAP: A 1cy CASPIAN GULL (bearing a Dutch darvic ring) in the south-eastern field 1.25-1.32pm when it flew off. Also two adult Mediterranean Gulls (DKC).

1cy Caspian Gull at Goring Gap (DKC)


LYCHPOLE HILL: ringtail HEN HARRIER over beet field west of Beggars Bush car park (SOS).

STEYNING PENLANDS VALE/BOSTAL HORSEFIELDS: Tawny Owl (BirdTrack).

SALVINGTON: Firecrest on Offington Lane opposite Rogate Road (DKC).

Thursday, 5 December 2019

5th December 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: A Greenshank, a Wigeon, a Rock Pipit, three Little Grebes, 30 Teal, a Kingfisher, two Stonechats, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, 21 Oystercatchers, a Curlew, three Turnstones, three Redshanks, a Mute Swan, a Buzzard, 10 Lapwings, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 200 Common Gulls, four Great Black-backed Gulls, 230 Herring Gulls and five Linnets (BirdTrack).

HIGH SALVINGTON: Eight Redwings and a Nuthatch (BirdTrack).

NO MAN'S LAND AREA: ringtail HEN HARRIER by Monarch's Way (SOS).

STEYNING DOWNLAND: A Raven, two Corn Buntings, three Reed Buntings, six Marsh Tits, 21 Skylarks, a Treecreeper, three Mistle Thrushes, two Nuthatches, three Bullfinches, four Red-legged Partridges, 21 Redwings, 26 Blackbirds, five Song Thrushes, two Pied Wagtails,  six Meadow Pipits, a Buzzard, three Common Gulls, two Kestrels,

WIDEWATER LAGOON: 13 Little Grebes. Four Great Crested Grebes on sea (SOS).

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

4th December 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: Two Yellow-legged Gulls, two or three Kingfishers, a Dunlin, six Ringed Plovers, two Grey Plovers, two Little Grebes, 22 Turnstones, 10 Oystercatchers, a Grey Wagtail, four Little Egrets, 10 Redshanks, 56 Lapwings and two Pied Wagtails (SOS).

CISSBURY RING: A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the east side on the flint mines near the path from the Findon Valley TQ.136.079. Also two Stonechats, seven Meadow Pipits and a Bullfinch (BirdTrack).

GORING GAP: 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver, eight Great Crested Grebes, 16 Oystercatchers, 26 Grey Plovers, 20 Ringed Plovers, 40 Turnstones, 25 Sanderlings, 180 Dunlin, 78 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Gulls, 20 Skylarks, 64 Starlings and 20 Pied Wagtails (BirdTrack).

WORTHING PIER: c700 Starlings roosted, plus six Turnstones (SOS).

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

3rd December 2019

ADUR ESTUARY: A Little Egret, eight Oystercatchers, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Redshank and four Great Black-backed Gulls (BirdTrack).

GORING GAP: With calm conditions and a flat sea I thought a check on what was out there
Starting at West Worthing (shelter opp Marine Gardens) from 0900-0930 I logged 21 Great Crested Grebes and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers. 30 Dunlin
landed on the beach there.
Then from 0945 to 1045 off Ferring and Goring Gap I counted a further 14 GC Grebes, 65 Red-breasted Mergansers (including one 'raft' of 30 birds)
and nine Brent Geese (close inshore).
Meanwhile wader numbers totalled c.150 Dunlin, 30 Sanderling. 15 each of Oystercatcher and Grey Plover and at least 25 Turnstones.
By 1230 when I returned the only birds remaining (all on the field at the Gap) were 16 Ringed Plovers and 12 Dunlin. The sea was empty! (CH)

I had similar number of birds on the sea and waders to (CH), a Red-throated Diver was on the sea before moving off east, a Treecreeper was in the middle plantation, around a dozen or so Skylark and c50 Pied Wagtails on the beach and surrounding fields. 2 Stonechat still in the rough field. The 9 Brent Geese on the sea eventually moved off west, the Kestrel was also around the pumping station. A battered Red Admiral was also seen on the wing in the pleasant conditions (NB)


The view off Goring Gap today (NB)

SHOREHAM: Swallow flew south (SOS).

WEST WORTHING: Sparrowhawk (BirdTrack).