|dot watching at Pilsea.|
I'm pretty sure the Semipalmated is extreme right bird but it was hard to tell through the back of the camera when digiscoping and half of the images I took were of Ringed Plover
|one of these birds is almost certainly the Semipalmated Plover (not the one on the right). Comments above about taking images of the wrong bird are not thought to apply here.|
|Semipalmated Plover on Pilsey Sands. It came a bit closer but then I was more interested in scrutinising it. The small size, neat breast band, attenuated rear and dull legs were visible most of the time (through a 20-60X zoom) even at 250m range. Careful scrutiny also revealed a small stumpy bill, contrasting paler edgings to the coverts, marginally paler mantle and shorter legs. It appeared a very timid bird, perhaps no surprise given the greater bulk of its companions. several times it crouched and spread its wings when a ringed Plover came too close. It also made several 'nervous' short flights.|
Saturday 19th. In three hours around Shoreham in the morning I saw a Wheatear and 2 Rock Pipits at Shoreham Fort, nothing at New Salts Farm, a Sparrowhawk, 120 Lapwings and a Reed Bunting on the Adur and 2 Swallows, 4 Song Thrushes and 2 Chiffchaffs at Mill Hill. A couple of slow-worms on the allotment and a hedgehog in our garden at dusk (light too ad for photos) when I returned from visiting my dad.
|Wheatear at Shoreham Fort in very poor light|
Monday-Friday 14-18th. A Peregrine on the Power Station chimney most days with 2 on 16th. A Wheatear on Southwick Beach on 14th and a Grey Wagtail on 18th.
Sunday 13th. A brief visit to Shoreham Fort before the rain came in produced a Rock Pipit, 2 Sandwich Terns in the harbour entrance and 10 Brent Geese W. Just the Mute Swan family (still 5 large cygnets) at Widewater.