|poor image of the Cackling Canada Goose, presumably the bird in the Arun earlier in the year and recently refound at Arlington by Jake Everitt|
|Yellow-legged Gull in the lower Cuckmere, yellow legs just about imaginable as is its clean head, heavy thick bill and darker-than Herring mantle. Not much else is though.|
|presumed adult Caspian Gull in the lower Cuckmere. small head, small dark eye, long thin washed out bill, bulging neck and ventral bulge imaginable in the above image|
|wings appeared long but no critical detail was noted and my images are not helped by the bright sun|
|legs were always mostly obscured so in that respect it might as well have been on a reservoir|
|everything we could see on the bird appeared to fit Caspian Gull but there were features that we didn't note (mainly critical detail of its primary pattern)|
|this image shows its bill to best effect|
|we were happy with the identification of this bird as an adult Caspian Gull but couldn't hand-on-heart say we could definitely rule out a hybrid or that some of the features not noted might have gone against it had we seen it better. Given the incidence of almost look-a-like hybrids it is not one I would have counted had it been a new bird,|
|playing with my new camera - a Canon Powershot SX60|
|Rough-legged Buzzard still at Jevington|
|Roger Charlwood having been to see it several times, it decided to return the complement yesterday with a foray to Beachy Head. totay it flew off high in that direction but did a big circle around before returning.|
Friday 5th. Local Herring Gull red A4MF was footpaddling on the grass at the University when I was locking up my bike.
Wednesday 3rd. A lunchtime walk to Falmer Pond but the Goosander appeared to have moved on. Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Jay in the village on the way back made it a pleasant break from a busy week at work.
Sunday 30th. I took Ruth and Ollie, visiting form New Zealand, to Crowlink and we walked down to the sea, along some of the Seven Sisters to Birling Gap and Belle Tout. Very atmospheric with low cloud and some mist enhancing the already brilliant scenery. Few birds though with Goldcrests at Crowlink and in Belle Tout (4), Chiffchaff at Birling and 3 Stonechats. We called in at the National Trust visitor centre at Birling (I've not been in before) and enjoyed the old photos showing where the cliff edge used to be. Ollie also noticed thick white lines on the floor showing where it was predicted to be in the next 25 or so years. An afternoon of overdue bike maintenance, mending a slow puncture and fitting new front brakes. Hopefully it'll see me through the winter.
|Belle Tout from the Seven Sisters|
|Seaford Head, Hope Gap and Cuckmere cottages from the Seven Sisters|
|Seven Sisters from Birling|
|Beachy Head lighthouse from Belle Tout|
|Ollie and Ruth|
|Green Woodpecker at Birling|