Tuesday 4 July. Three Swifts over the house and a Peregrine was sitting on the Power Station when I cycled to work. In the evening one of the Great Black-backed Gull parents regurgitated what looked like a squid although BWP doesn't appear to list squid amongst a large list of prey items. I'd guess it was a reject from a fishing boat?
|lovely bit of squid|
|it appeared to be too much for the youngsters to manage so the adult attempted to swallow it again|
|juvenile Great Black-backed Gull and nest|
|this one was a bit more alert|
Sunday 2 July. A morning walk around Beeding Hill with Cookie was expectedly quiet, apart from 10 noisy Sky Larks. Later we went to Pulborough seeing a Marsh Harrier (from Hale's Viewpoint )and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
|Goats on Beeding Hill|
|these must be the cleanest goats I've ever seen|
Saturday 1 July. Megan and I took Cookie from Cuckoo's Corner almost to Dacre Gardens seeing 12 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Herons, a Reed Warbler and 2 Reed Buntings.
|very juvenile Black-headed Gull by the Adur|
|Reed Bunting singing near Coombes|
Friday 30 June. Megan and I took Cookie to Shoreham Fort and Widewater seeing 3 Little Egrets, 4 Turnstones and the Mute Swan family with 4 cygnets. In the evening Stock Dove, 10 Swifts and an adult and three large Great Black-backed Gull young were seen from the garden.
|Great Black-backed Gulls at Glebe Close|
|large enough to be left on their own, safe from marauding crows|
Wednesday 28 June. I took Cookie for a walk around Mill Hill seeing single Sky Lark, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff and 5 Greenfinches. Later one of the pair of Great Black-backed Gulls which had been hanging around Glebe Close for some weeks that I had basically forgotten about was on the roof there with at least two large chicks. It is just over a km from the entrance to Shoreham Harbour and the Howard Kent warehouse where they have been breeding for a few years so no great surprise, other than there doubtless being plenty of as/more suitable roofs nearer the sea.
Monday 26 June. A Peregrine was sitting on the Power Station when I cycled to work and 5 Swifts were over the house in the evening.
Sunday 25 June. Megan and I took Cookie to Cissbury seeing 3 Kestrels, 70 Swifts moving NE, Green Woodpecker, Sky Lark, male Stonechat, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Yellowhammers.
|Yellowhammer at Cissbury|