|distant sunshine from Shoreham Harbour|
|nicer there than over here|
|roosting Purple Sandpipers|
|Turnstone and prey|
|Black-headed Gull in almost full summer plumage|
|North Thames Herring Gull D1NT by the Lifeboat Station, not one I've recorded before|
|Rock Pipit on Shoreham Harbour, the darker of two seen|
|note the extensive white outer-tail feathers|
|not something normally expected in petrosus|
|wind turbine platforms from Cissbury|
|Rampion offshore windfarm construction progressing rapidly, no Brent Geese passing ...|
|two bases visible each side of the vessel, already about a dozen have been put down|
18 March. A day off and an hour at Shoreham Fort where a Goldcrest and 9 Meadow Pipits came in off the sea - hard work for them in the cold northerly wind. Passage was restricted to 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 31 Black-headed Gulls flying east while 5 Brent Geese seemed content sitting on the sea. One Purple Sandpiper was on the wooden jetty and a Peregrine on the corner of the Power Station. Two Chiffchaffs were at Widewater, one singing, although I gather they had been around for a few days. Later at low tide the gulls on the Adur included North Thames Herring Gulls AU9T and P3GT, I had seen both there in mid November.
|Herring Gull P3GT. Well travelled around South East England, since bring ringed as a second-calendar year in March 2014 it has been recorded at Beddington, London Wetland Centre, Dungeness, River Adur (by me) and Beddington again.|
17 March. A Peregrine on on the corner of Shoreham Power Station on my way home.
16 March. Megan and I visited Boxgrove and the Trundle. We saw a Coal Tit and 4 Buzzards. Two Buzzards were at Mill Hill on our return while a bird appearing to show some Rough-legged features - white rump and tail with dark terminal bar - was over the A27 near Eartham. Megan was driving and it wasn't somewhere we could have stopped, besides only van drivers claim rare raptors from the A27.
|demolition of Southlands Hospital|
|sad when it is at the top of our road and both our children were born there|
|Megan looking south west from the Trundle trig point. The Isle of Wight was obscured by murk.|
14 March. Two Peregrines on the corner of Shoreham Power Station on my way home.
12 March. Thick fog over the Adur and poor visibility at Shoreham Fort with the fog bank to the west not clearing during the hour I attempted a seawatch. Only 2 Brent Geese and 14 Black-headed Gulls made it through the fog but a Black Redstart singing briefly from the Fort railings, the Glaucous Gull on the western beach and a Grey Wagtail arriving on the harbour wall made the visit worthwhile. Quite a change in the afternoon with bright sunshine and a Greenshank by the Houseboats.
|Black Redstart on the railings of Shoreham Fort|
|it was singing rather half-heartedly|
|the first-winter Glaucous Gull on the beach to the west of Shoreham Harbour|
|after 20 minutes of so it flew off west into the fog|
|it was later seen back at goring gap before flying out to sea|
11 March. Tide not quite so low and nothing of note amongst the gulls on Southwick Beach but the Glaucous Gull was on the inner arm of Shoreham Harbour.
10 March. Nice to be going home in daylight and with the tide low there were plenty of gulls on exposed mud to look at. They including an adult Mediterranean on Southwick Beach and the first-winter Glaucous Gull on Kingston Beach.
9 March. Still on Mexico time and not enjoying the cold weather! Megan and I walked around Steepdown seeing 15 Sky Larks, Yellowhammer and 40 Corn Buntings. Late afternoon 5 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin with the Short-eared Owl somewhat distantly flying around the rough ground west of the Airfield.