Saturday 15th. Lesser Spotted Failure #3 (JK#7). A poor forecast for seawatching so John King and I decided to try again for LSW. John had looked unsuccessfully on four mornings at a site near Burgess Hill. We to the site of previous failures and stayed from 06:55-13:00 but not a sniff. Two Firecrests were again present, 30 Redwings and 2 Coal Tits. I even missed a Treecreeper that John saw.
Friday 14th. A single Meadow Pipit on Southwick Beach.
Thursday 13th. Front type puncture within a minute of leaving home so went to work on my spare bike - much harder work with all terrain tyres. Peregine on the Power Station chimney.
Wednesday 12th. My bike was making clicking noises on the way to work. I stopped 2-3 times but couldn't see the cause. When I got to work I noticed the front wheel's rim was cracked. On the way home it disintegrated after a mile or so and I had to half carry the bike to Moulscoomb and take it home on the train. Fortunately I had a spare front wheel at home.
|split rim on my front wheel|
|even Mavics are not immune from such failures|
Sunday 9th. Lesser Spotted Failure #2. 07:30-10:00 with John King. We heard one distant drum soon after arriving but nothing further although 2 Firecrests were some compensation. Perhaps we should have started earlier but I'd been up at 04:00 the previous morning going to Hythe and couldn't face another early start. Later we distantly saw the two Black-necked Grebes and female Scaup at Greatham. An afternoon walk up Anchor Bottom with Megan produced a single Raven and at least 4 singing Sky Larks.
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