Thursday, 2 April 2020

2nd April 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: A Mute Swan, 33 Oystercatchers, 21 Turnstones, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Kestrel and six Ringed Plovers (Bt/SOS).

DURRINGTON CEMETERY: Another stroll up to this cracking site, really has potential and not far at all from home. Gates now open at 8am so worth checking on if in the area. 2 entrances, 1 on Findon Road and 1 on Mill Road. Main highlight for me this morning was finding a vocal Marsh Tit, 4 Redwing were grounded, again fairly vocal and 5 Jays together. Green Woodpeckers showed well and 2 Roe Deer allowed fairly close approach. Only migrant of note was a singing Blackcap (NB).

LANCING COLLEGE: Four Stonechats and 10 Corn Buntings (Bt).

SALVINGTON: Just a single Buzzard over at mid-day (NB).

SHOREHAM: Four Wheatears on beach (Bt).

STEYNING: Two Cetti's Warblers (Bt).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Little Egret and Redshank (Bt).

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

1st April 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Seven Oystercatchers, 10 Turnstones, two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Redshank, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Chiffchaff and a Mistle Thrush (Bt).

GORING GAP: A BLACK REDSTART at the pumping station, two Mediterranean Gulls, a Blackcap, a Kestrel, two Skylarks, a Pheasant, five Turnstones, four Sanderlings, six Red-breasted Mergansers, two Great Crested Grebes and a Meadow Pipit (Bt). Also PULLOM [heard only].

OFFINGTON: Red Kite seen and photographed (AM)

Red Kite (AM)

SALVINGTON: Two Linnets, five Meadow Pipits north and two Buzzards over, plus a Blackcap (NB).

SHOREHAM: Wheatear on beach (Bt) and two Purple Sandpipers still on harbour east arm (SOS).

STEYNING: Mallard with 10 ducklings in one garden and three Grey Herons over another. Also three Cetti's Warblers singing at NE corner of field east of Iron Bridge, plus four Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch (SOS).

STEYNING HORSESHOE WOODS: A Firecrest, a Marsh Tit and a Treecreeper (SOS).

UPPER BEEDING (Smuggler's Lane [borders]): Four Wigeon, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose and three Chiffchaffs (Bt).

WEST WORTHING: Observations at home this morning included 20 or so Chaffinches, a Linnet and three Cormorants east, while a Rook was heard, a Coal Tit visited and five Jackdaws flew over. A pair of Blackcaps was next door (DKC).

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

31st March 2020

EAST WORTHING: Canada Goose, 26 Chaffinches, five Linnets, Rook and Jackdaw over garden (SOS).

FERRING: Coal Tit at northern end of Sea Lane (GJ).

FERRING RIFE: Highlights this afternoon included c30 House Sparrow, 15 Greenfinch, five Moorhen, a Snipe and a Chiffchaff. Although the biggest surprise came in the form of a male Pheasant at southern end in the horse paddocks (GJ).

GORING-BY-SEA: A Jay flew over the flat from my balcony this morning (GJ).

GORING GAP: At high tide there were 66 Turnstone, six Sanderling and singles of Ringed and Grey Plover roosting on the beach. Offshore there was a couple of distant Gannets and other notables included five Red-breasted Merganser which flew east (GJ).

STEYING ROUNDHILL: Firecrest, four Marsh Tits and Yellowhammer (Bt).

WEST WORTHINGGarden birding today produced two Grey Herons, a Meadow Pipit, 16 Jackdaws and two Stock Doves overhead. Jay and Great Black-backed Gull (surprisingly infrequent here, just a couple of streets back from the beach) were 'lockdown ticks', bringing the total to 40 species (DKC).

Monday, 30 March 2020

30th March 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Five Oystercatchers and three Mallards (Bt).

DURRINGTON CEMETERY: A singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and a Green Woodpecker were highlights in a quick visit (NB)

FINDON: Marsh Tit at West Hill (Bt).

OFFINGTON: Home Birding from Offington today highlights being 6 Greenfinches and 5 Goldfinches on the feeders. Male and Female Blackcaps still present feeding on peanut butter along with the usual Dunnocks , Robins ,Blackbird , Wood Pidgeon , Blue and Great Tits (AM)


Sunday, 29 March 2020

29th March 2020


GORING: Sparrowhawk (SOS).

HIGH SALVINGTON: Raven, Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers (SOS).


SHOREHAM: Mistle Thrush and Sparrowhawk at Buckingham Park (SOS).

WEST HILL: Marsh Tit and Yellowhammer (Bt).

WEST WORTHING: Sparrowhawk through garden (DKC).

Saturday, 28 March 2020

28th March 2020

EAST WORTHING: A Rook, a Linnet and 14 Chaffinches flew east over a garden, where Peregrine and Sparrowhawk also seen (SOS).

FINDON: Single Firecrests at The Vale and West Hill (Bt).

SALVINGTON: Another raptor day with at least 3 Red Kites over north east, also a Peregrine shot through north towards High Salvington, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Buzzard over. Late on a Swallow was seen flying east and 2 Jays were in Offington Lane earlier on (NB/NO)

WEST WORTHING: Home birding, rather more half-hearted today with a roaring northerly, produced a Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling out the front and just my third record here - and the Blackcap, while eastbound were a Rook and two Black-headed Gulls. The woodpecker was my 38th species logged since lockdown began on Tuesday (DKC).

Friday, 27 March 2020

27th March 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: A Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers and 100 Common Gulls (Bt).

BROOKLANDS PARK (beach): Sandwich Tern, Swallow, 23 Common Scoters, 15 Ringed Plovers and 'some' Great Crested Grebes (SOS).

THE DOWNS (SW of Steyning): Two Red-legged Partridges, two Lapwings, 26 Skylarks, two Mistle Thrushes, a Stonechat, 24 Corn Buntings and four Yellowhammers (Bt).

FERRING RIFE: Four Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe offshore (Bt).

GORING: Swallow and Red Kite flew over garden, and an additional Red Kite over another garden (SOS).

UPPER BEEDING (borders of our area): MERLIN over River Adur nearby, and Cetti's Warbler there (SOS).

WEST WORTHING: There was quite a movement of Siskins over the garden this morning, with around 30 heading east. Later, the Peregrines were back overhead together, slowly cruising their home range; I'm curious where they're breeding. A Cormorant, a Rook and five Jackdaws flew east, and either the Blackcap was back or another briefly burst into song. On a roof opposite, a Stock Dove was unusual, and the female Sparrowhawk passed by a couple of times (DKC).

Peregrine over West Worthing (DKC)

Cormorant over West Worthing (DKC)

Rook over West Worthing (DKC)