Monday-Friday 19-23 March. Still 36 Great Crested Grebes off Hove on Monday and a Rock Pipit on the beach there. 1-2 Peregrines on Southwick Power Station Chimney each day and a pair of Ringed Plovers mating on Thursday.
Saturday 24 March. A morning spent at various inland sites with John King produced excellent views of two very vocal male Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers at a traditional site. Fantastic. Three Wood Lark were seen well and occassionally heard singing at another where a flyover Crossbill was also recorded. We then went to Pulborough RSPB but the hoped for early migrants were limited ot Chiffchaffs. the Pink-footed Goose remained, perhaps now too long, on the North Brooks, where a pair of Pintail were present with reasonable numbers of Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon, and a Peregrine showed well in its tree from the Hangar. It looked enormous which made me realise just how high up those on Southwick Power Station are - even taking account of seeing them each day through 8x20 bins. Few gulls were seen on an evening trip to the Adur although they did include my second ever colour-ringed Common Gull and a calling Curlew flying south, unfortunately without wingbars.
|first male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, ladders on back indistinct|
first male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
|second male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, this one with distinct ladders on its back|
second male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming, video unfortunately shows the limitations of hand held digiscoping
|Wood Lark, probably my all-time favourite songster|
|Peregrine at Pulborough, looking enormous when not seen halfway up Southwick Power Station chimney|
|Common Gull AE21 on the River Adur at low tide and in poor light, it had been ringed as a pullus near Kiel in Germany on 22 June 2010|
A slow worm was warming itself inside one of the composters on our allotment but unfortunately I'd not taken a camera with me. It is the first I've seen for many years.
|new security gates on the west arm of Shoreham Harbour|