Swifts in Worthing

Swifts are back! These urban specialists and all-round incredible birds can be enjoyed from your home even during the lockdown. Please record sightings of Swifts using BirdTrack and as summer progresses look out for active nests, low flying parties and 'bangers' (where prospecting Swifts brush against potential nest sites in flight, to check whether they're vacant). Make a special point of reporting these observations on BirdTrack, along with the relevant breeding code.

We were planning on launching a thorough Swift survey across Worthing town this summer but this is not feasible during the COVID-19 outbreak. We can still develop our understanding of our local Swifts though, so keep your eyes snd ears peeled at home and during your exercise, and please put what you see on BirdTrack!

1st July 2020

ADUR ESTUARY TO CEMENT WORKS: Oystercatcher, 120 Black-headed Gulls, four Little Egrets, six Swallows, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail and Reed Bunting. Bt

LADYWELL: Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, Grey Heron and eight Reed Warblers. Bt

30th June 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: 130 Black-headed Gulls, three Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Little Egrets, an Oystercatcher and two Lapwings. SOS

28th June 2020

THE DOWNS (Lychpole Farm area): 10 Shelducks (eight young) still on dewpond. SOS

27th June 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Eight Lapwings and a Little Egret. Bt

WORTHING: Curlew and six Gannets flew past late afternoon. David Campbell

26th July 2020

ANGMERING PARK ESTATE: Two Siskins, two Bullfinches and 10 Treecreepers. David Campbell. Four Mistle Thrushes. Bt

BROADWATER: OSPREY flew east at c2pm. SOS

BROOKLANDS PARK: Two Little Grebes, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Grey Heron and three Reed Warblers. Bt

HILL BARN GOLF COURSE: Two Tawny Owls. BirdTrack

PATCHING HILL: Four CROSSBILLS flew over and three Yellowhammers. David Campbell

PATCHING POND: Two House Martins, three Swallows (one juvenile), three Moorhens and nine Mallards. David Campbell

SHOREHAM: Peregrine flew over. SOS