|what am I doing here?|
|Sandwich Tern at Widewater|
|Avocet at Brooklands|
Saturday 17 March. A morning visit to Kingley Vale with Cookie produced 260+ Hawfinches including flocks totalling about 200 exiting the vale to NE between 09:00-09:15 while 60+ were in the vale until at least 10:30 when the weather closed in. On my way a Red Kite flew over the A27 just west of Worthing and I heard Raven and Bullfinch (deja vu). Later we joined a nice family gathering at my mum's in Hove to celebrate her 92nd birthday (it had been on Thursday).
|Hawfinches in Yews at Kingley Vale|
|brilliant to see so many and something I can't help thinking will never be repeated in my lifetime|
|a view south over the vale, high tide in Chichester Harbour just about visible in the distance|
|with the weather closing in we headed back down|
|hard to be sure this photo is of a cow rather than a dog|
|remains of warehouse following Shoreham Harbour fire|
|adult Lesser Black-blacked Gull at Harbour Way|
|Sandwich Terns at Harbour Way, two more dropped in soon after I left|
|one was wearing a metal ring but a colour-ring would have been easy to read at this range|
|Norwegian Common Gull J1Z something, the final letter obscured by mud|
|Avocet on the Adur|
|Mediterranean Gulls on the Adur|
|the left hand bird has an unreadable colour ring most likely from Belgium|
|gulls on the Adur including the second-winter Mediterranean Gull|
|adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Adur|
|North Thames Herring Gull A9XT, not one I'd recorded before|
Sunday 11 March. An early visit to Shoreham Fort with Cookie produced 7 Brent Geese flying east and a Greenfinch. At Widewater the pair of Mute Swans seemed to have established a nest at the eastern end although last year's five youngsters were still about. The pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were on the lagoon with a female on the sea and a Sandwich Tern flew east. We went on to Brooklands where we saw two pairs of Gadwall and a Redwing.
Saturday 10 March. An early visit to Shoreham Fort with Cookie produced 11 Brent Geese and 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls flying east.
Friday 9 March. A morning visit to Kingley Vale with Cookie produced 120+ Hawfinches although with an estimated 400 there the following day double that might have been more accurate. I had flocks of 32 and 62 flying north in quick succession while at least 26 remained in trees where I was. Later walking back about 100 flew north while about 20 were still around. I assumed they were the birds originally seen but who knows. On my way there a Red Kite flew over the A27 just west of Worthing, we had a walk along Mill Road at Arundel seeing 13 Redwing and 12 Fieldfare and at Kingley Vale I saw 6 Jays and heard Raven and Bullfinch.
|Hawfinch at Kingley Vale|
Tuesday 6 March. 2 Curlew, a Scandinavian Rock Pipit and 25 Linnets on the Adur.
Sunday 4 March. Megan and I took Cookie to Rackham seeing 2 Red Kites, 3 Buzzards, 2 Egyptian Geese, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.
Saturday 3 March. 10 Shelduck, a Tufted Duck and 80+ Dunlin at Widewater.
Friday 2 March. A Lapwing and 5 Golden Plover on Middle Road playing field while later a Sparrowhawk and 106 Dunlin were seen on the Adur. Nice to be able to walk a circuit from the Old Toll Bridge down one side, across the Norfolk Bridge and back up the other again.
Thursday 1 March. A single Redwing in Stanmer Park and a Fieldfare in a flock of Starlings flying over Crown Road.