Sunday 01 August. I dropped Megan at the Brighton Centre and continued up to Devil's Dyke with Cookie. We saw 115 Swifts, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 6 Sky Lark, 13 Swallows, 3 House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroats, 750 Starlings and 11 Meadow Pipits.
|view west from Devil's Dyke|
|view east from Devil's Dyke|
|Cookie in the long grass|
|back where we started|
Saturday 31 July. David Buckingham and I had a very enjoyable day on the Selsey Peninsular. We started at Medmerry seeing 2 Avocets, Snipe, 6 Common and 3 (possibly 4) Wood Sandpipers, 62 Mediterranean and an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Cattle Egrets, Buzzard, 4 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows and 5 Yellowhammers. At Sidlesham Ferry were 3 Avocets, 66 Lapwings, 151 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshanks (now in winter plumage) and Cattle and 4 Little Egrets. An extended period on the bench at Church Norton was spent watching the terns, gulls and a few waders as the tide came. Two Roseate Terns were the highlight, a ringed bird that was sat on the mud sleeping and preening for at least an hour. It disappeared into a creek and while out of sight an unringed bird dropped in briefly then flew around and out to sea. The ringed bird then reappeared, did a circuit and also flew out to sea. Other birds seen from the bench were 20 Oysterctchers, 2 Grey and 5 Ringed Plovers, 9 Whimbrel, 26 Curlew, 3 Turnstones a summer-plumage Knot, 21 Dunlin, 34 Redshank, Greenshank, 40+ Mediterranean Gulls, 260+ Sandwich and 13 Common Terns and 12 Little Egrets. We finished at the North Wall seeing at least 37 Cattle and 38 Little Egrets, 33 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Greenshank and 36 Mediterranean Gulls.
|Common Sandpiper at Medmerry|
|Common and Wood Sandpipers at Medmerry|
|rarely have I had better views of a Wood Sandpiper|
|Cattle Egret at Medmerry|
|Mediterranean Gulls at Medmerry|
|Mediterranean Gull with unreadable colour-ring|
|grass just too high to read this one|
|another unread ring|
|juvenile Mediterranean Gulls looking very smart|
|Roseate Tern roosting in Psgham Harbour|
|it was sleeping for most of the time it was on view|
|lots of activity from the Sandwich Terns|
|summer-plumaged Knot at Church Norton|
|Roe Deer by the North Wall|
Friday 30 July. Josh and I took Cookie to the Adur seeing 25 Great Black-backed and 250 Herring Gulls and hearing a Sparrowhawk.
|Herring Gull G2JT - my tenth sighting of this bird on the Adur. It was ringed on a landfill site in Essex in November 2014 when a first year.|
Thursday 29 July. Megan and I took Cookie to the Adur seeing 11 Mute Swans, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Lapwings, Whimbrel, 26 Turnstones, Dunlin, 16 Redshank, adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Little Egrets. In the afternoon I returned to Beeding Hill with Cookie to look for her coat which I'd dropped the previous day. We found it but saw very little with 3 Kestrels, 2 Sky Larks, 4 Whitethroats, 17 Linnets and 3 Corn Buntings.
|Corn Bunting on Beeding Hill|
|very tatty Painted Lady on Beeding Hill|
|view west from Beeding Hill|
|view NW from Truleigh Hill|
|raining in Henfield|