|Greater black-backed Gull 70E, hatched at La Poterie-Cap-d’Antifer, Seine-Maritime, Normandie on 31/05/09. Spending its third winter in the Shoreham area, it was seen at Etretat, Seine-Maritime on 21/11/11|
|the irresistable Snow Buntings at Widewater|
|distant Rough-legged Buzzard, The Burgh, 7 January|
Sunday 8 January. Rather than potentially waste more time on the elusive Iceland Gull John King and I decided to spend the morning at West Dean Woods. After a quick look around Stapelash Farm we slowly walked up the track to Monkton Farm and spent most of our time scanning distant tree-tops from the clearing there. This proved productive with single Hawfinch, male Crossbill and Brambling. Also recorded were Red Kite, Little Owl, Firecrest, 5 Marsh Tits, 3 Siskins and 5 Redpoll. We left at lunchtime and called in at the Burgh for an hour and a half. The Rough-legged Buzzard was on view for most of this time, initially perched at a similar range to the previous day then flying/hovering over the far hillside. Much more satisfying views although half the distance would have been nicer. Also seen were several Buzzards, 5 Grey and a Red-legged Partridge, 40 Sky Larks, 15 Yellowhammers and 10 Corn Buntings.
|Rough-legged Buzzard, The Burgh, 8 January, viewed from Peppering triangle - a similar distance to yesterday but the light seemed better today|
|Grey Partdige and friend at the Burgh|