Thursday, 27 February 2020

27th February 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Common Sandpiper still, Red-breasted Merganser, two Mute Swans, two Mallards, a Moorhen, two Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, eight Redshanks, a Kestrel, a Skylark,

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Eight Red-breasted Mergansers (four adult drakes) and a Little Egret on lagoon. 15 Oystercatchers, 12 Turnstones and a Dunlin on beach this afternoon (SOS).

WORTHING: Four Blackcaps in garden (Bt).

26th February 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still by houseboats off Norfolk Bridge (SOS).

BROOKLANDS PARK: Drake POCHARD still, two Chiffchaffs, a Stonechat and a Sparrowhawk (SOS).

CHANCTONBURY RING: A visit late in the day produced a huge surprise, literally, in the form of a 2cy female GOSHAWK as it circled a couple of times before making its way north. Other highlights included a Marsh Tit, a Woodcock, a Raven, a Tawny Owl, three of both Red Kite and Buzzard, at least three Yellowhammers and a Redwing. A couple of Red-legged Partridges called in the distance (J.Gearty/DKC).

2cy female Goshawk (DKC)

GORING GAP: 32 Mediterranean Gulls, 350 Common Gulls and six Skylarks (Bt).

SHOREHAM-LANCING: 30+ Dunlin and six Ringed Plovers on beach (SOS).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: 10 Red-breasted Mergansers (five adult drakes), at least eight Little Grebes and a Little Egret (SOS).

WORTHING: Peregrine flew over Chatsworth Road (SOS).

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

25th February 2020

ANGMERING PARK ESTATE: 22 Buzzards, 2 Red Kite, 2 Raven were highlights on a mid morning raptor watch, a Blackcap was nearby (NB).

COOMBES: We went for a walk along the Adur between Coombes and Botolphs but soon aborted due to a series of sharp showers, only noting eight Redshanks and a Meadow Pipit in the short amount of time we were there (DKC/I.Allan).

THE DOWNS (SW of Steyning): 13 Lapwings, a Sparrowhawk, two Red Kites, four Buzzards, two Kestrels, 40 Skylarks, 13 Stonechats, 15 Corn Buntings and three Yellowhammers (Bt).

FERRING RIFE:  A visit first thing produced two Water Rails (heard), 12 Greenfinches, three female Stonechats, a Kestrel and two Grey Herons (DKC).

GORING GAP: In the gull roost around 14:30 were 16 Mediterranean Gull, c500 Common Gull, one 1w Great Black-backed Gull and a handful of Herring and Black-headed Gull (GJ). Later on a total of 57 Mediterranean Gulls including 50 adults were in the roost (GDM) whilst other birds noted were 83 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Oystercatcher. At least 8 Skylark were around the fields, birds starting to sing and display (NB)

SALVINGTON: A Buzzard was thermaling over Rogate Road at mid-day (NB).

SHOREHAM: Grey Wagtail (SOS).

WORTHING: Three Blackcaps (Bt).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Seven Red-breasted Mergansers showed well, along with three Little Egrets and a Little Grebe (DKC/I.Allan).

adult (left) and 2cy drake Red-breasted Mergansers at Widewater Lagoon (DKC)

Monday, 24 February 2020

24th February 2020

GORING GAP: A Yellow-legged Gull was on the south-western roost field, at least 30 Mediterranean Gulls were around mainly adults but a few 2nd winters and 1 1st winter were amongst them, poor conditions to get exact counts, a couple with coloured rings (see pics, 1 French bird, 1 Belgian). A Curlew calling as it flew through was a nice surprise, 32 Turnstone and 80+ Dunlins were also on the roost fields, a grounded flock of around 200 Starling were around the greensward (NB/GDM)


Yellow-legged Gull (NB)

Mediterranean Gull white ring 322H (NB)


Mediterranean Gull green ring R4LC (NB)




Sunday, 23 February 2020

23rd February 2020

GORING GAP: A short visit at lunchtime delivered 21 Mediterranean Gulls, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 190 Common Gulls (DKC).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Seven Red-breasted Mergansers (SOS).

WORTHING: Two Blackcaps still in garden (Bt).

Saturday, 22 February 2020

22nd February 2020

BROOKLANDS PARK: Drake POCHARD still, three Cetti's Warblers, 14 Teal, female Stonechat, a Little Grebe and a Grey Heron (SOS).

FERRING: Mediterranean Gull (Bt).

GORING GAP: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 40 adult, 1 2nds, 3 2ndw, 2 1stw Mediterranean Gulls, (1 ad med white ring (31BF), also 2 with green rings, 2 more with white rings too distant to read (GDM)

HIGHDOWN: Red Kite (DKC).

STEYNING: Barn Owl, Firecrest, Blackcap and seven Fieldfares (Bt).

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Seven Red-breasted Mergansers (four adult drakes), five Little Grebes, two male Stonechats, three Meadow Pipits and a Little Egret (SOS).

Friday, 21 February 2020

21st February 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Greenshank still, c10 Dunlin and 20+ Ringed Plovers from Norfolk Bridge (SOS). Also Whimbrel still, Mute Swan, two Teal, a Little Grebe, a Chiffchaff, a Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk and Reed Bunting (Bt).

CISSBURY RING: Three Mistle Thrushes and singles of Yellowhammer, Stonechat and Treecreeper, plus nine Skylarks and a Buzzard (Bt).

GORING GAP: 31 Mediterranean Gulls on the roost fields this am (RS).

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Two Purple Sandpipers still on jetty opposite fort; also Lesser Black-backed Gull and 11 Turnstones (Bt)

WIDEWATER LAGOON:  Seven Red-breasted Mergansers (four adult drakes) still (SOS). Also Kingfisher and two Redshanks (Bt).

All 7 Red-breasted Mergansers - Widewater (SH)

WORTHING: Two Blackcaps still in garden (Bt).