|Seven Sisters and Belle Tout from Hope Gap, a classic view|
|Gulls in the Cuckmere, the further flock were just behind and to the left of the centre left pool in the middle distance|
|gulls in the nearer flock, if only the Caspian Gull had been with them ..|
|adult Caspian Gull, far right. Just about imaginable are small white snouty head, dark eye, long thin washed out bill, slightly darker mantle than left of centre Herring Gull, long thin straw coloured legs and white tip to p10.|
|preening, showing long thin legs better|
|showing slightly darker mantle|
|best image of its washed out bill and small dark eye|
Wednesday 14 December. Megan and I took Cookie for a walk around Steepdown seeing 15 Sky Larks, a Stonechat and 20 Corn Buntings. In the afternoon I returned to Beeding Brooks with Cookie in the hope of seeing some more owls. Dave Sadler, Bernie Forbes and Dave Buckingham were in situ but we saw no owls at all.
Sunday 11 December. I visited the Burgh, first walking back towards Burpham from the triangle to scope the 5 adult Bewick's Swans in the valley. They were quite distant. A circuit of the Burgh produced 7 Red Kites, Marsh Harrier, 8 Buzzards, Peregrine, 5 Grey Partridges, 22 Fieldfares, Mistle Thrush, 70 Linnets and 3 Corn Buntings. In the afternoon Megan and I took Cookie onto Beeding Brooks where we saw 2 distant Barn Owls sitting in the sun in a hedge near the river. I later discovered Dave Sadler had seen 4 Short-eared Owls there soon after we'd left.
|Red Kite at the Burgh|
|distant Barn Owl in the afternoon sun|