|singing male Corn Bunting #4, Steepdown|
|singing male Corn Bunting #17, Steepdown|
|probably the same bird seen on my return journey|
|not that far from the Savanna Sparrow fraud but note different wire (and species)|
|nice to know that 'Fraudster of the year' is not a foregone conclusion. It is early days but the title may be heading south.|
|Red-legged Partridge and friend|
Sunday 27 April. Seaford seawatch 06:00-12:00. Red-throated Diver 1E, Black-throated Diver 1E, Fulmar 100+, Gannet 252E, Brent Goose 16E, Eider 4E, Common Scoter 135E, Velvet Scoter 3E, Peregrine 1, Wimbrel 3E, Bar-tailed Godwit 31E, Great Skua 5E, Arctic Skua 10E, Little Gull 3E,Sandwich Tern 54E, Arctic Tern 3E, Razorbill 3E and Guillemot 1 on the sea. A few nice birds were seen with, usually, just about enough to keep one's interest, but the variety could have been a lot better and where were all the terns? Answer, going past Dungeness with 2000+ Commics that morning. Later it was not convenient to go to Steying sewage works for a Red-rumped Swallow, having seen them in Spain a few days previously was a factor.
Saturday 26 April. The forecast did not look great so I opted for Shoreham Harbour rather than going to Seaford. It turned out to be a mistake. So was taking a lightish coat - I was not still in Spain! I was rather exposed to the strong southerly wind and rain showers did not help so I only managed 07:40-09:10. I recorded Red-throated Diver 2?E, Black-throated Diver 1E, Fulmar 12, Gannet 20, Brent Goose 72E, Common Scoter 4E, , Peregrine 1, Wimbrel 7E, Great Skua 6E and Sandwich Tern 7E. During this period Seaford had a rush of 2000 Commic Terns, I saw none.
|one of 34 Turnstones roosting on the beach at high tide|
Thursday 24 April. A Peregrine on Southwick Power Station chimney