Non-waders seen were, at Shoreham Fort, a Little Gull, a male Wheatear, 7 alba Wagtails in, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers and a diver west and 2 Brent, 14 Shoveler, 2 Garganey, 2 Pintail and 16 Common Scoter while a Mediterranean Gull heard but not seen. On the Adur 1500+ gulls, mainly Black-headed and Common but including 55 Lesser Black-backs. No Meds or colour-rings were found amongst them.
A walk around Rackham and Parham Park with Megan was fairly birdless, a Mandarin and 2 Long-tailed Tits being best.
|Avocets on the Adur|
|another pink black-headed Gull on the Adur|
|even the Redsank are looking quite smart|
An hour at Widewater exceeded my (very low) expectations and produced 170 Brent Geese east, 2 Shelduck on the lagoon, 11 Sanderling on the beach, 2 calling adult Mediterranean Gulls flying high west, 3 Sandwich terns on posts and last but definitely not least my first two Wheatears of the year.
A low tide visit to the Adur added another Mediterranean Gull despite a bait digger being present and a noisy pair of displaying Greater Black-backed Gulls.
|the first Wheatear of the year is always rather special and this one on the rock groynes at Widewater was no exception|
|Sanderling on the beach at Widewater|
|Sandwich Terns at Widewater|
|that feels better ...|
|this one was ringed|
|but it was either plain or any writing had faded away|
|Drop the Pilot, or rather pick him up off Shoreham Harbour|
Thursday 21 March 2013. Peregrine on Southwick Power Station chimney, Herring Gull A4AH at the University of Sussex and 2000 gulls on the beach/sea west of Millionaire's Row - mostly Common but one adult Mediterranean was seen. 40 Greater Black-backed Gulls by the Lock gates. No Wheatears or Black Redstarts.
Wednesday 20 March 2013. 2 Peregrines flying around Southwick Power Station chimney, singing Rock Pipit opposite Carot's Cafe. 30 Turnstones on the beach west of Millionaire's Row but no Wheatears or Black Redstarts.
Monday-Tuesday 18-19 March 2013. 1- 2 Peregrines on Southwick Power Station chimney, regular Herring Gull A4AH at the University of Sussex.