February 2024

29th - A singing Firecrest was singing at Durrington Hill (R.Ives)

28th - A Red-necked Grebe was seen on the sea this morning off Goring Gap (R.Simpson) before drifting out to sea, good numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers and Great-crested Grebes and c10 Red-throated Divers were also noted offshore. A small movement of Brent Geese was recorded too with c145 moving east through the morning. A adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and upto 8 Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost fields

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Goring Gap (N.Bond)

26th - Huge numbers of Common Gulls gathered on the fields at Goring Gap, a conservative estimate of 800 birds, just 4 Mediterranean Gulls were in the area, much the same at Brooklands Park with the Goldeneye still present, 5 Little Grebes, a calling Cetti's Warbler and a Goldcrest by the water treatment works 

Little Grebe - Brooklands Park (R.Allan)

24th - The female Goldeneye still showing well at Brooklands Park, with 4 Little Grebes, 2 Cetti's Warbler and a Reed Bunting

Goldeneye - Brooklands Park

23rd - The female Goldeneye again at Brooklands Park today, a female Blackcap in a West Worthing garden

Blackcap - West Worthing (Emma Cameron)

22nd - A single Shelduck flew west over Angmering village a good garden record for Ralph Simpson!

21st - The wet weather brought a return of some feeding waders on the roost fields at Goring Gap with 25 Turnstones joined by 10 Dunlins, Gulls included 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 20 Great Black-backed Gulls.

Dunlin - Goring Gap 

20th - The female Goldeneye still present at Brooklands Park along with a Chiffchaff, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and Cetti's Warbler. Several Mediterranean Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull were at Goring Gap. Several Turnstones still resident on Worthing pier.  

Turnstone - Worthing pier - (Duncan Kay)

16th - A nice flock of 300 plus Common Gulls were on the fields at Goring Gap today, just a single Lesser Black-backed Gull and 10 Mediterranean Gulls, also 3 Stonechat in the area and Skylarks are finding their singing voices. 

15th - A dozen or so Mediterranean Gulls were feeding on the greensward  along with a sizeable flock of Black-headed Gulls including the German ringed Mediterranean Gull from the 13th.

Mediterranean Gull - Goring (N.Bond)

14th - 24 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were at Goring Gap on a very wet and windy day. News and a photo reached us today of a 1st winter Shag sat on Worthing pier recently.

Shag - Worthing Pier (Tracey Morris)
Shag is not very common in this area. I can find records for 121 different days this century from Worthing/Goring beaches.  Usually just one bird but three on three dates and two on 13 days. The monthly distribution of bird days is Jan (15), Feb (11), Mar (4), Apr (14), May (9), Jun (2), Jul (3), Aug (13), Sep (12), Oct (17), Nov(20) and Dec (20). (J.Newnham)

13th - Only reports today were again from Goring Gap, where Mediterranean Gull numbers have built up to just over 40 on the fields including 2 ringed individuals (German and Belgium rung). 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present in the roost too

Common Gull, Mediterranean and Black-headed Gull both close to breeding plumage and the German ringed Mediterranean Gull (N.Bond)

12th February - Approximately 30 Mediterranean Gulls were at Goring Gap.

11th - Yellowhammers are usually seen around Cissbury Ring, this bird was seen by Duncan Kay

9th - A few interesting reports today, a female Hen Harrier north of Cissbury flew west over Stump Bottom, a Rose-ringed Parakeet flew over Palmerston Avenue, Goring and a single Brent Goose was on the roost fields brieflt at Goring Gap.

8th - A 1st winter Caspian Gull was found in the gull roost at Goring Gap and as per usual did not hang around too long. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 20 Great Black-backed Gulls were here too. 

Capian Gull - Goring Gap (N.Bond)

7th - 15 Mediterranean Gulls of various ages on the roost fields at Goring Gap mid-morning. The female Goldeneye still around at Brooklands Park lake.

6th - Good number of Common Gulls were commuting between the roost fields and bech at Goring Gap at lunchtime.

5th - A Slavonian Grebe was seen on the sea this morning off Sea Lane Cafe, a good number of Gannet were also recorded going west here. 31 Turnstones, 48 Oystercatchers, 16 Sanderlings and 9 Mediterranean Gulls were at Goring Gap

4th - 4 Mediterranean Gulls were seen with Black-headed Gulls off Sea Lane cafe this morning with c20 Sanderlings also here

Black-headed Gull (left) and Mediterranean Gull (right) - D.Kay

2nd - 3 Stonechats were still at Goring Gap, with at least 40 Sanderling on the shoreline and a few Grey Plover. 2 Mediterranean Gulls were on the fields, a Merlin was also seen at Highdown Hill

Stonechat - Goring Gap - N.Bond

1st - 3 Stonechat remain at Goring Gap around the rough field area where it has emerged a licence application has been placed to sell alcohol on the land! Good sele tin of the usual waders offshore here at low tide with at least 14 Grey Plover being noteworthy.