Tuesday, 21 January 2020

21st January 2020

GORING GAP: A quick look at lunchtime, very quiet as tide was out and the plane flyers were out en masse, hence no birds whatsoever on the roost fields. A scattering of waders containing Oystercatcher, DunlinSanderling Turnstone along the tideline, nothing picked out on the sea other than a single Cormorant , several Pied Wagtails were on the beach (NB).

LANCING: ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET flew over (BJ).

PATCHING: A Great Crested Grebe was on the pond along with 2 Canada Goose and a Moorhen whilst a Buzzard circled overhead, 2 Greenfinch including a singing male next to the Worlds End pub. No sign of the Northern Treecreeper in a brief search (NB).

STEEP DOWN: 30 Corn Buntings, a Reed Bunting, a Sparrowhawk, 200 Common Gulls, a Kestrel, 35 Skylarks, two Stonechats, three Meadow Pipits (BirdTrack).


STEYNING DOWNLAND: A Raven, seven Marsh Tits, a Red Kite, a Tawny Owl, 23 Lapwings, a Buzzard, two Kestrels, four Skylarks, two Nuthatches, seven Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, seven Stonechats, five Yellowhammers, a Reed Bunting (BirdTrack).

Monday, 20 January 2020

20th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: A Little Grebe and 12 Oystercatchers (BirdTrack).

EAST KINGSTON: Three Lapwings, Buzzard, eight Moorhens, four Green Woodpeckers and a Skylark (BirdTrack).

HIGH SALVINGTON: Tawny Owl flew over Mill Lane after dark (NB).

SALVINGTON: Both the male and female Blackcap appeared again today in my garden on Rogate Road, the female has not been seen here for nearly a week, a couple of Redwings were in trees next to Sainsburys on the Littlehampton road (NB)

SHOREHAM: MERLIN flew over (SOS).

WORTHINGmidday - 10 Red throated Divers w, 50 Great crested Grebes, 45 Red breasted mergansers & 2 Gannets. Flat calm but nothing really out of the ordinary (RI) A Redwing (BirdTrack).

Sunday, 19 January 2020

19th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Whimbrel still (BirdTrack).

BROOKLANDS PARK: Drake POCHARD still, seven Teal, a Cetti's Warbler, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, a Sparrowhawk and my first drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker of the season (DKC).

Grey Heron at Brooklands Park (DKC)




Little Egret at Brooklands Park (DKC)


SOMPTING: Two Ravens, Cetti's Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Skylarks, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 12 Pheasants, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, two Buzzards, a Kestrel

STEYNING ROUNDHILL: Two Ravens, three Red Kites and Red-legged Partridge (BirdTrack).

WORTHING: Blackcap and Sparrowhawk at Rogate Road (NB).

18th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: In a really enjoyable couple of hours along the lower Adur in fine weather this morning, I caught up with the wintering Whimbrel and Greenshank, as well as two Curlew, a Kingfisher, a Rock Pipit, 15+ Reed Buntings, 13 Ringed Plovers, three Grey Plovers, 11 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 80+ Lapwings, five Teal, two Stonechats, four Meadow Pipits, 20 Linnets and four Skylarks (DKC).


Greenshank at Adur Estuary (DKC)

Reed Buntings at Adur Estuary (DKC)

Rock Pipit at Adur Estuary (DKC)
Rock Pipit and Reed Buntings at Adur Estuary (DKC)



STEYINING ROUNDHILL: Three Yellowhammers, two Reed Buntings and several Skylarks (SOS).

Friday, 17 January 2020

17th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still, 35 Teal, Curlew, seven Dunlin, two Snipe, Little Grebe, a Buzzard, 120 Lapwings, eight Redshanks, seven Oystercatchers, 350 Common Gulls, a Kestrel and a Stonechat (BirdTrack).

FERRING RIFE: 14 Mallards, nine Moorhens, five Skylarks and two Stonechats (BirdTrack).

GORING GAP: Six Ringed Plovers, 32 Dunlin, two Mediterranean Gulls, 700 Common Gulls, a Kestrel and six Skylarks (BirdTrack). Also eight Red-breasted Mergansers and a Red-throated Diver (DKC).

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Four Purple Sandpipers and Rock Pipit still. Gannet and Lesser Black-backed Gull too (BirdTrack).

Thursday, 16 January 2020

16th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still by houseboats, 12+ Oystercatchers, four Mallards and a Redshank (BirdTrack).

BROADWATER GREEN: Mediterranean Gull (NB).

BROOKLANDS PARK: POCHARD still, a Cetti's Warbler showing well, 17 Teal, a Chiffchaff and two Coal Tits (SOS).

LANCING: 12 Redwings (BirdTrack).

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Four Purple Sandpipers still on jetty opposite fort (SOS).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Two Red-breasted Mergansers again (BirdTrack).

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

15th January 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still, eight Teal, a Little Grebe, an Oystercatcher, 14 Lapwings and 17 Redshanks (BirdTrack).

BROOKLANDS PARK: Drake POCHARD still (SOS).

GORING GAP: Seven Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, 250 Common Gulls, 400 Black-headed Gulls,  two Skylarks and 15 Pied Wagtails (BirdTrack).

COOMBES: I took advantage of the wretched conditions in the morning to stay in and get things done then headed out to the Adur near Coombes in the afternoon. I was hoping for the Goosander, yet again, but no sign. The tide was high and a Common Sandpiper and eight Redshanks were roosting on the banks. A Peregrine, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and three Buzzards represented the raptors. A Little Grebe was on the river (DKC).

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Purple Sandpiper still, three Turnstones and a Sparrowhawk (BirdTrack).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Three Red-breasted Mergansers, three Mute Swans, a Little Egret, a Redshank four Mallards, three Little Grebes and a Stonechat (BirdTrack).

WORTHING: Blackcap still on Rogate Road (NB). Blackcap still in other garden (BirdTrack).

WORTHING-LANCING: c120 Dunlin 60+ Ringed Plovers and 10 Turnstones on beach (SOS).