|Terek Sandpiper in Pagham Harbour|
|found by top birder Alan Lewis from Hampshire. Pity it wasn't the Greater Yellowlegs Alan ...|
|showing its orange-yellow legs, but not much else|
|Chichester Cathedral in the distance, the Terek was on the left hand central spit|
|The South Downs Way looking west up Graffham Down|
|Bexley Hill aerial and Blackdown, the highest point in Sussex, from Tegleaze Tye, near the highest point on the South Downs|
|looking east to Chanctonbury Ring and beyond|
|The South Downs Way looking east to Bignor Hill|
Saturday 20th. A Greenshank was the high light of a low-tide visit to the Adur where a Sandwich Tern and a North Thames Herring Gull was also present - my best visit for ages. Nine Reed Warblers were along the ditch between the river and airport and at least 20 House Martins over Lancing College.
|North Thames Herring Gull UU7T on the Adur|
|Not one I've seen on the Adur before although UT7T was present in august and November 2011|
Thursday 18th. A nice morning for my late South Downs farmland bird survey to the west of the Burgh. A nice looking area although most of the tracks on my route had hedges planted along them and these have grown up making it hard to see much of the downland where there are no gates. This doesn't present a difficulty seeing Red Kites which were often overhead with at least 4 seen. It is now vying with Buzzard as the commonest raptor here (I saw at least 4 of each ad a single Kestrel). Other highlights were two Grey Partridge families, both with nine chicks, two Cuckoos, two Ravens and a male Yellowhammer. Only one Corn Bunting was seen, after I had finished the survey, and no Meadow Pipits or Lapwing.
|female Grey Partridge and seven of her nine chicks|
|keeping an eye on the more adventurous|
|South Downs farmland in delicate shades of green|
|singing with its mouth full|
Wednesday 17th. Megan and I walked up Wolstonbury Hill. Superb views from the top and a few orchids on the way. In the evening I called in at Pulborough seeing a male Wigeon, Little Ringed Plover, 38 Lapwings and an adult Nightingale feeding a speckled juvenile. Three Nightjars were seen at Lavington Common where a Hobby flew over and two or three Woodcock were roding.
|fly on a Fly Orchid|
|Greater Butterfly Orchid and Twayblades|
Tuesday 16th. Twelve Swifts over the house in the evening.