|male Snow Bunting at Goring Gap|
|it was a lot harder to pick out when on the shingle although was usually less disturbed there|
We headed west to try and track down the Whooper Swans that had been seen during the week at Lidsey although the news that they had not been found the previous day was somewhat disheartening. We tried Barnham Court, Lidsey Sewage Works & Lodge and Honer Lane but the best we could come up with were 3 Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail at the Sewage Works. With the tide about half-way in Fishbourne seemed a reasonable bet but although we found the Black Brant quite quickly waders proved more difficult with just John seeing Greenshank and our only adding the wintering Whimbrel as we were leaving. Another Grey Wagtail and 2 Rock Pipits were the best of the rest.
|Black Brant with Brent Geese at Fishbourne (the Brant is the lefthand of the two back birds)|
|Black Brant (left) with Brents. Showing white collar joining at the front, dark back and white flanks|
|Spotted Redshank, a much better bird than this image suggests. The second bird seen had a selection of coluor ringa|
|normally I get quite excited seeing colour-ringed birds but knowing these have been ringed in Chichester Harbour rather takes the edge off them, also they do look rather like a very young child's attempt at making a bead bracelet|
Sunday 10 February. Two hours on my usual Shoreham circuit produced 11 Purple Sandpipers roosting at high tide on the inner eastern arm of Shoreham Harbour with a Rock Pipit nearby, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 male) on Widewater and a Red-throated Diver on the sea. as it was high tide I thought I'd skip the Adur by the airfield and try the saltings but the Adur Rec car-park was full and it was raining so I went home.