Saturday, 21 July 2012

Southwick & Shoreham (16-21 July 2012)

Monday 16-Friday 20 July: one Peregrine on the chimney most days on way to or from work, 3 pairs of Ringed Plovers on the beach, one with a fully grown juvenile, one with a now largish chick and one still in the area.  Two Mistle Thrushes on  Southwick Green and up to 35 Swifts over our road.  On Tuesday while watching the Swifts a juvenile Peregrine put on a spectacular flying display that included a couple of trial stoops.  Brilliant.

Saturday 21st: My usual circuit produced 3 Common Scoter E ,a Dunlin ,9 Turnstones and 6 Sandwich Terns at Shoreham Fort, the Mute Swan family with 5 almost fully grown cygnets at Widewater and a Whimbrel, 15 Redshank, a Mediterranean Gull, 3 Reed & 2 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Buntings on the Adur.  Later a walk around Truleigh Hill with Megan was very pleasant but few birds were seen with 3 Corn Buntings heard the highlight. 

down periscope
adult Mediterranean Gull on the Adur

still alert when 'sleeping'

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