3 April 2013. Two Redwings on Richmond Hill.
4 April 2013. One Nuthatch and two Jays on Richmond Hill.
5 April 2013. I cycled to work for first time in two weeks and was rewarded with a superb male Black Redstart on the beach just east of the Power Station. On the way home I finally caught up with the female type Black Redstart on Portslade Beach while an adult Yellow-legged Gull there was my first this year. Further on the male Black Redstart was again on the beach before flying over/behind the sewage works.
6 April 2013. Seawatched from the end of Shoreham Harbour from 06:55-10:55. Very clear with a cold northerly wind. Little variety but very good numbers of Brent Geese (1150) and Mediterranean (32) and Black-headed Gulls (1260) moving east with a constant stream of the latter seen by Dick Eyre-Walker in the half hour before I arrived. Also seen flying east were seven distant divers (with two Red-throated on the sea), 5 Whimbrel and 138 Sandwich Terns with at one stage 49 of the latter roosting on the Lifeboat Pier. Eleven Purple Sandpipers were seen on the inner jetty as the tide came in with it quite likely that the other two were out of sight.
A later walk with Megan behind Southwick Power Station failed to find yesterday's Black Redstart but two high flying adult Mediterranean Gulls were nice. A low tide visit to the Adur was very quiet. The 34 Mediterranean Gulls seen were all adults and all in twos, or multiples thereof. Most were heard calling with many only detected that way. Are migrating Mediterranean Gulls already paired? This might explain why they are so vocal?
|interestingly moulted Herring Gull with the top half looking much older than the bottom|
|Border Force 'Searcher' leaving Shoreham Harbour|
A low tide visit to the Adur on the way home produced just 6 Teal, 2 Grey Plover and nothing of note amongst the roosting/washing gulls.
|Brent Geese off Splash Point, Seaford|
|classic examples of not keeping a straight horizon|
|some were very close|
|unpaired Mediterranean Gull over one of Seaford's pink buoys|