Sunday, 14 April 2013

Shoreham and Pulborough (14 April 2013)

A seawatch from Shoreham Harbour was very quiet with those birds that were seen moving doing so at some distance.  In an hour I recorded 8 Gannets, 31 Scoter and 78 Sandwich Terns.  Six Swallows (my first hirundines of the year), a male Blackcap and 6 Willow Warblers were at New Salts Farm but nothing on the Adur on a rising tide.

An hour at Rackham was quiet with a pair of Mandarin , Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch best.  Pulborough was quiet too although 40 Swallows, 4 Sand and 3 house Martins were feeding and resting on fences on the North Brooks.  Best though were two very vocal Nightingales which showed well on occasion.

Cissbury Ring was almost birdless on an afternoon walk with Megan, with Sparrowhawk,a pair of Grey Partridges and a MistleThtrush the only notebook entries.

Nightingale at Pulborough



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