|Elegant Tern at Church Norton, poorly phone scoped with Cookie pulling at me but bill and ring visible despite that|
|with bridge camera at 130x|
|bored dog and me, Church Norton (photo Barry Wright)|
|me and Cookie at Church Norton, the latter happier now it looked as if we might be going home. Behind top Sussex Birders Matt Eade and John Cooper (photo Barry Wright)|
Friday 9 June. Megan and I visited Pulborough walking around the woodland and heathland trails. We heard a Wood Lark and saw Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Jay. News of the Elegant Tern being seen again off Hayling Island at tea time had John King and I meeting at High Trees car park but it had flown off east before either of us arrived there and after waiting half an hour for more news we aborted. We'd both seen one in 2002 but the chance of seeing it in Sussex had been worth considering a dash to East Head.
Wednesday 7 June. Walking Cookie at Cuckoo's Corner produced only my second Sedge Warbler sightings of the year, more Little Egrets than Grey Herons in the nearby heronry and 5 Reed Buntings.
|Turtle Dove at Knepp|
Thursday 1 June. A nice evening for my Woodcock Survey and a Baern Owl hunting at Greatham on the way over made it even nicer. I had 10 Woodcock encounters but it is likely they involved only two birds. Also a showy pair of Nightjars and earlier a Wood Lark heard.
Wednesday 31 May. A decent day for my South Downs Farmalnd survey near the Burgh but it was rather quiet with a Red Kite the highlight and indicator spewcies represented by a sinlge Lapwing, 2 Sky Larks and 2 Yellowhammers. No Corn Buntings and only one Grey Partridge heard.
Monday 29 May. Megan and I heard a distant Quail while walking on the Down from Lancing Ring and around Steepdown with Cookie. Also 27 Corn Buntings but only 7 Sky Larks.
Sunday 28 May. Megan and I saw virtually nothing on a walk around Wolstenbury with Cookie.
|Greater Butterfly Orchid|