|sea platform and tower from Shoreham Harbour|
A stop at the Adur on the way home was surprisingly productive considering the tide wasn't very far out. Single Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper were seen along with three summer-plumaged Sanderling and 8 Ringed Plovers while a Reed Warbler gave excellent views from one of the ditches.
|poor shot of a summer-plumaged Sanderling on the Adur|
|Black-tailed Godwit on the Adur, all legs and bill|
|Black-tailed Godwit with tasty morsel|
|showing its black tail|
|Reed Warbler by the Adur|
Monday 14 May. Ringed Plover on nest & Whimbrel heard
Tuesday 15 May. Ringed Plover on nest, adult male Black Redstart singing from Tarmac compound, female Wheatear on the beach, Rock Pipit by Carots Cafe & Peregrine heard from the chimney
Wednesday 16 May. Ringed Plover on nest, adult male Black Redstart singing from Tarmac compound & female Wheatear on the beach
Thursday 17 May. no Ringed Plover (nest predated?), 1 Sandwich Tern off Hove, 6 Swifts over Crown Road
Friday 18 May. 1 Ringed Plover on the beach (none at nest site), Peregrine on chimney & 4 Swifts over Crown Road
Saturday 19 May. 14 Sandwich Terns east and 2 west and a Gannet east were all that was seen off the Harbour between 06:10-07.10. Three colour-ringed Herring Gulls were around the harbour, one local and two North Thames although one of the latter was too far away to read.
The Adur on a rising tide was better with the Black-tailed Godwit still present along with 6 Whimbrel, a Greenshank and a first-summer Med Gull. Two slow-worms were seen at the allotment and 15 Swifts were screaming over Crown Road in the evening.
|local Herring Gull A6XV on the beach at Shoreham Harbour|
|North Thames Herring Gull GU5T on Shoreham Harbour|
|first-summer Mediterranean Gull on the River Adur|
|Black-tailed Godwit on the Adur|
|much the rarer of the two godwits on the Adur, this one seems to have taken up residence just south of the Old Toll Bridge|
|female Reed Bunting by the Adur|
|male Reed Bunting by the Adur|
|buntings are amongst my favourite birds and Reed is often one of the more under-appreciated members of the family although a good view of an adult male usually reveals a stunning bird|