|Mediterranean Gulls flying away over Shoreham Harbour - too slow with the camera as usual|
|Seaford Head from Birling Gap|
|recent cliff fall at the Seven Sisters|
Saturday 30 April. Groundhog day at Shoreham Harbour with 6 Sandwich Terns and single Wheatear and Willow Warbler. A Purple Sandpiper on the wooden jetty would normally seem late at the end of April but not this year. At Mill Hill I saw the Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers and a Yellowhammer. In the afternoon Megan and I dodged showers at Steepdown seeing a flock of 30 Corn Buntings and 22 Stock Doves but not even a Wheatear (and not the dreamed of Dotterel) despite half of it being bare earth.
|Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Harbour|
|view east from Lancing Ring|
|Highdown from Steepdown|
|Megan at Steepdown|
|dredging the entrance to Shoreham Harbour|
|Wheatear reading up on fishing charges|
Thursday 28 April. I gave up at Shoreham Harbour after 45 minutes having seen 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Gannets and 5 Sandwich Terns. A Willow Warbler came in and there were 8 in the pine trees by the car park. this encouraged me to try mill hill where the visit was made worthwhile by a hobby flying N. Also Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Doves, Yellowhammer, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Willow Warblers.
|Willow Warbler on Mill Hill|
Wednesday 27 April. A hour at Shoreham Harbour was even poorer than expected for a moderate NW. Two Fulmars, 6 Gannets and 6 Sandwich Terns were offshore but the highlight was a ship-assisted eagle owl. It was so poor I headed straight home rather than trying Mill Hill for migrants.
|Eagle Owl heading west off Shoreham Harbour on the Fisheries Patrol vessel, unfortunately ship assisted and plastic|