In the afternoon Megan and I braved Beeding Brooks seeing a Barn and two Short-eared Owls, 30+ Fieldfares and a female Bullfinch. A fitting end to what had been a very enjoyable day.
|Shoreham Harbour, wooden jetty and west arm|
|Shoreham Harbour west arm|
|Shoreham Airfield in the snow, no arrivals or departures today|
|Herring Gull A6XY back on the Adur|
|unfortunately gulls are not all that uses the sandbars at low tide|
|Beeding Brooks, snow trying to hide the sun (only partly successful)|
|Megan on Beeding Brooks|
|Short-eared Owl (imagination required)|
19 January 2013. The usual circuit was disappointing with little evidence of any cold weather movement. Two Song Thrushes and 14 Meadow Pipits were on Shoreham Fort with 4 Greenfinches nearby. The latter used to flock regularly along Shoreham Beach and I saw 400 in December 2005 and 120 in November 2010 but these are my first here this year (in six visits). One to enjoy while one can? Seventy Common Scoter were fairly close on the sea off Widewater but nothing could picked out amongst them. A female Wigeon was on the River Adur by Shoreham Airport with seven Sky Larks and two Reed Buntings feeding by the tideline. Despite a low tide few gulls were present. Called it a day as weather wasn't improving and I was getting cold on the bike in the strong easterly wind.
16 January 2013. A lunchtime walk in Stanmer Woods produced Mistle Thrush *two seen and one singing), Nuthatch, Treecreeper and nine Long-tailed Tits. Very nice.