Saturday 30 November. An enjoyable day with John King started on the beach at Church Norton just before high tide at 08:15. During the next three hours we saw the Long-tailed Ducks, first two then the other three then all five together off the Severals. One then split off from the others which we continued watching doing some synchronised diving fairly close to the shore. Also offshore were a Red-throated Diver, at least 16 Slavonian Grebe, 2 female Velvet and 13 Common Scoter, 8 Eider (one a male), a Goldeneye and 16+ Red-breasted Mergansers. A female Merlin was seen distantly on the spit while a pair of Buzzards appeared to see off an intruder. A Firecrest was heard and seen in flight in the churchyard and 4 Goldeneye (one a male), the usual selection of waders (including the very pale Curlew) and 11 Mediterranean Gulls in the harbour. An adult Mediterranean Gull was all that was seen during half an hour at Selsey Bill despite the tide being quite low and the sea fairly calm. We then went to Medmerry to see what it looked like with the sea wall breached. Rather a mess if truth be told but it certainly has potential, although will probably be a difficult place to watch. Driving back past Arundel with the light starting to go we decided to have a quick look for the Bewick's Swans at Burpham and found 10 with 8 Mutes viewed from near the church. Three were juveniles but they possibly only had one parent.
|poor shot of two of the five Long-tailed Ducks off the Severals|
|Mediterranean Gull from Church Norton, others below|
|very pale Curlew, back at Pagham for at least its third winter (I had first seen it on 20 August 2011).|
|one of several very tame young Robins that was keen on anything going|
|this one preferred grubs from ground I'd kicked over to chocolate. No accounting for taste!|
Friday 29 November. Both Peregrines on Southwick Power Station chimney as it was getting light on the way to work.
Thursday 28 November. The female Peregrine on Southwick Power Station chimney on the way to work.
Wednesday 27 November. Redwings heard over Hove while visiting my mum at 20:30.
Tuesday 26 November. The female Peregrine on Southwick Power Station chimney on the way to work.