|few British birds are as colourful|
|Wildlife on Shoreham Airport|
|Buzzard being mobbed|
|another Corn Bunting|
|Hobby over Steepdown|
|Red Kite near Valley Barn|
|one of four seen in the air together from Steepdown|
|this one came much closer|
|before drifting off towards Shoreham|
|as close to home as I have yet seen one|
June 6th. Megan and I walked around Cissbury. Super views west to the Isle of Wight and the Spinnaker Tower, east to Belle Tout lighthouse and northwest to Blackdown made up for alack of birds with 3 Buzzards and 5 Yellowhammers best.
June 5th. I switched my day off although wished I hadn't. I thought I would go an see the Red-footed Falcon again but decided to wait for news on the pager. None came by lunchtime although being Sussex that wasn't too unusual so I went anyway. That turned out to be the wrong move as it hadn't been. A distant Hobby there vied with a Sparrowhawk over our house while looking for Swifts that evening (3 were seen).
June 4th. 14 Swifts over the house in the evening, my highest total this year. Unfortunately the phalarope had gone so I didn't get the chance to digiscope it.
June 3rd. Megan and I did a circular walk from Whiteway's Lodge, through Houghton Forest to Bignor Hill, Barlavington and back, after missing a turning, through Sutton and Bignor. Few birds were in evidence and I was surprised, and disappointed, not to see a Red Kite. Highlights were groups of 5 and 6 House Martins collecting mud from puddles and a Marsh Tit. I went to Woods Mill that evening and saw the Turtle Dove and was wandering around there when I received a text from Jake about the Red-necked Phalarope on Widewater, thanks Jake. I headed straight there but was still beaten by Jake and the Coopers (I had been about as far from my car as it was possible to get). It was a superb female, and about as bright as it is possible to imagine. In over 40 years birding I had not seen a spring migrant Red-necked Phalarope so seeing two in under a week was brilliant.
|looking north from near Barlavington down|
|Turtle Dove at Woods Mill|
|female Red-necked Phalarope at Widewater. Another was there in early September 1989 at the same time as our daughter was born. Although I did manage to see it each day my mind was elsewhere.|
May 31st. Dreadful weather prevented us venturing far with a late morning walk behind the Power Station when it looked to be improving producing 2 Fulmars, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Rock Pipit. Later we walked around the Adur hearing a Cetti's and seeing a Reed Warbler and 2 Swallows making it one of my better visits this spring! A text from Jake saying he was watching the Barcombe Red-footed Falcon had me heading over and it was on view when I arrived. an excellent finish to what had looked like a write-off Bank Holiday weekend.
|superb female Red-footed Falcon at Barcombe|
|Hobby there too|