Saturday, 8 May 2021

Shoreham, Beeding Hill, Knepp and Shoreham (04-08 May)

Saturday 08 May. A SE forecast had me thinking of seawatching but heavy rain rather put me off going to Seaford. I met Frank Lambert at Widewater just before 6am and we sheltered rather unsuccessfully for a couple of hours before giving up, rather drenched with the wind half way around to SW. In very difficult viewing conditions, not helped by trying to hold up an umbrella (Frank was in the more sheltered side of the beach hut), I saw 3 Common Scoter and single Whimbrel, Sandwich Tern and dark morph Arctic Skua flying east. About 6 Fulmars and 30 Gannets were off-shore while 3 Oystercatchers, 14 Whimbrel and about 75 small waders flew west along the beach. The latter were in two tight groups and were all or mostly Dunlin. After drying out back home Megan and I took Cookie to Brooklands which was quite sheltered and dry. We saw a drake Gadwall, 3 groups of Mallard ducklings (12, 8 and 7 in ascending size) and a Cetti's and 2 Reed Warblers. At low tide I took Cookie down to the Adur where by the airport waders were performing by numbers: 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers and 4 Whimbrel. Ringed Plover didn’t get the memo and 9 turned up.

Whimbrel on the Adur


yummy




Friday 07 May. Six hours wandering around the southern section of Knepp was fairly hard work, at least as far as seeing the more interesting species. A cold wind probably wasn't helping and was it warmed up other visitors arrived. I eventually saw pretty much what I'd hoped to but views could have been better. I saw 2 Cuckoos, 6 Stock and 2 Turtle Doves, 3 Buzzards, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Jays, 2 Swallows, 5 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers (eventually), a Lesser and 13 Common Whitethroats, Mistle Thrush, 3 Nightingales (and another 5 heard), Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers and 3 Bullfinches. Distant Cuckoo and Turtle Dove were also heard well away from the footpaths as were 5 close Nightingales that I failed to see.





Cuckoos at Knepp, I'd hoped for better views but they didn't hang about
out of focus Turtle Dove at Knepp, seen too briefly to switch to manual focus
Nightingale at Knepp

the same bird a little later

Tamworth Pigs at Knepp
introduced storks were hard to ignore
stunning male Bullfinch at Knepp

Garden Warbler at Knepp, another requiring manual focus



Bluebells near Knepp

Thursday 06 May. Megan, Cookie and I walked around and through Tottington Wood. Loads of Bluebells and a few Early Purple Orchids but as many birds heard as seen. Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingale and Nuthatch were heard while Red-legged Partridge, 2 Stock Doves, 5 Jays and a Whitethroat were seen.

a Red-legged Partridge was a bit of a surprise at Tottington

Wednesday 05 May. I dropped Megan at Shoreham Station and took Cookie up to the Beeding Hill Car Park. We headed SE along the Monarch's Way and at its highest point were greeted by a stunning but somewhat unapproachable male Whinchat, my first in spring for four years. Four Wheatears were nearby and we later saw another two. We continued towards Thundersbarrow, up to Truleigh Hill where we overlooked the Weald (looking down on 37 Rook's nests) and back along the rim of Room Bottom - our usual triangle. Other species seen during on our 3.5 hour wander included Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, 3 Peregrines, Jay, 2 Ravens, 11 Sky Larks, a Lesser and 3 Common Whitethroats, 2 Meadow Pipits and a Yellowhammer.

Wheatears on Beeding Hill
 

male Whinchat on Beeding Hill
a stunning bird but not very approachable









Meadow Pipit above Room Bottom

Tuesday 04 May. I seawatched at Widewater in a strong westerly wind from 06:30-09:20. Little was moving within sight of me although watching a Hobby and 3 Swifts coming in from great distance made my visit more than worthwhile. A Kestrel and 3 Whimbrel also came in, the former providing an initial puzzle. Thirty-five Common Scoter, a Kittiwake and a Little Egret flew east with 5 Dunlin west, 3 Sandwich Terns, 5 Fulmars and 25 Gannets off-shore and a Great Crested Grebe on the sea. I met Megan and Cookie at Harbour Way and we walked our usual circuit along Emerald Quay to the Adur Ferry Bridge and back via the boardwalk and Shoreham Fort. Doing this I saw 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin at Harbour Way, a Whimbrel from the Ferry Bridge and 17 Turnstones near the Fort. On the way home Cookie and I stopped at the Adur seeing 2 Whimbrel opposite the airport.

first-summer Common Gull off Widewater
virtually all Common Gulls seen recently, and there have not been that many, are this age
 
Dunlin at Harbour Way
Turnstone near Shoreham Fort
Whimbrel on the Adur


Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Living off memories - TRIP INDEX 2020>1974

The following lists and gives links to the relevant blogs of all the foreign birding and some family trips that I have been fortunate enough to have done. It is ordered by year with the most recent first. Blogs of the older trips use scanned slides, some having degraded badly with age, or digitised prints of varying qualitySome use photos taken by those I was with. These are usually easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine (and in most cases acknowledged). Many of the older blogs are based on my unreliable memories as my notes were very lacking in detail, other than the birds seen, something I now greatly regret. The blogs were initially done to find a 'home' for boxes of old slides which I had not looked at for years, my dad giving me his slide scanner providing the necessary impetus to digitise them. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones. I’ve been very fortunate in having various like-minded friends whom I have been able to travel with. Sadly an increasing number are no longer with us. The Covid-19 Lockdown has given me the opportunity to fill in all remaining gaps so, until I can travel abroad again, all my trips are included below.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print originally taken with an instamatic).  One of my current all-time top four birds. Giant Pitta (1987), displaying Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) and displaying Western Parotia (2013) are the others.

2020: MYANMAR (January)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2020/02/myanmar-2020-yangon-and-bagan-11-14.html
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2020/02/myanmar-2020-mount-victoria-15-20.html
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2020/02/myanmar-2020-inle-and-kalaw-21-25.html
            SPAIN Fuerteventua (February)
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2020/02/
2019:  SRI LANKA (January/February)
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/01/
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/02/sri-lanka-20019-uda-walawe-and.html
             NORWAY (and FINLAND) (March)
             https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/04/norway-and-finland-2019-kirkenes-neljan.html
              https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/04/norway-2019-to-vardo-and-back-24-28.html
             (BALI and) BORNEO (August)
             https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/08/
             FRANCE Somme (September)
             https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2019/09/france-2019-st-valery-sur-somme-7-14.html
2018:  ECUADOR (February)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/
           FRANCE Somme (May)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2018/05/st-valery-sur-somme-19-26-may.html
           NORTHERN PERU (June/July)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2018/07/
           SPAIN Mallorca (September)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2018/09/
            MADAGASCAR (October)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2018/10/madagascar-2018-04-19-october.html
2017:  JAMIACA (February)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/jamaica-2017-1-8-february.html
           TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (March)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/trinidad-and-tobago-17-19-march-2017.html
           GUYANA (March/April)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/
           MONGOLIA (May)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/
           FRANCE Somme (September)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/st-valery-sur-somme-2-9-september-2017.html
           NORTHERN GREECE (October)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/northern-greece-03-10-october.html
            BOLIVIA (November)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/
2016:  CALIFORNIA (January)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016_01_01_archive.html
           MEXICO (February/March)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016_02_01_archive.html
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/mexico.html
           NORWAY (May)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016_05_01_archive.html 
           FINLAND (May/June)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2016/06/finland-2016-return-to-oulu-and.html
           JAPAN (June/July)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/japan-2016-hokkaido-23-29-june.html
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016_07_01_archive.html
            FRANCE Somme (September)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/st-valery-sur-somme-03-10-september-2016.html
           GHANA (October/November)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2016_10_01_archive.html
2015:  ECUADOR (January/February)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015_01_01_archive.html
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/ecuador-2015-sani-lodge-02-09-february.html
            ARIZONA (April/May)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015_04_01_archive.html
            INDONESIA Lesser Sundas (August)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/indonesia-2015-flores-13-18-august.html
           FRANCE Somme (August/September)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/a-week-in-somme-29-august-5-september.html
           BRAZIL (September/October)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015_09_01_archive.html           
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/ne-brazil-boa-nova-and-serra-bonita-4-8.html
2014:  SPAIN Extremadura (April)
           COLOMBIA (July/August)
          FRANCE Brittany (September)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/brittany-6-13-september.html
2013: CORSICA (May)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/corsica-col-de-sorba-restonica-valley.html
          INDONESIA West Papua (August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2013_08_01_archive.html
          FRANCE Normandie (September)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/normandie-14-21-september.html
2012: TURKEY (June)
          Demirkazik
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/04-june-2012-demirkazik.html
          Birecik
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/06-june-2012-birecik-and-durnalik.html
          Nemrut Dagi
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/08-june-2012-nemrut-dagi.html
          MALAYSIA Sarawak & Sabah (July/August) 
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2012_08_01_archive.html
          FRANCE Somme (September)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/2-9-september-2012-st-valery-sur-somme.html
2011: ETHIOPIA (February)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2011_02_01_archive.html
          TAIWAN (April/May)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2011_04_01_archive.html
2010: CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2010_05_01_archive.html
          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/china-31-may-2-june-2010-xian-and.html
          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/china-3-5-june-2010-pingtai-xiainghai.html
           UGANDA (June)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2010_06_01_archive.html
2009:  VIETNAM (April)
          Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2009_04_01_archive.html
2008:  PHILIPPINES (April)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2008_04_01_archive.html

           NAMIBIA (July/August)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2008_08_01_archive.html
2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April) 
            https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2007/04/     
2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)
2005:  TEXAS (April)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2005/04/
           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2005/07/
2004:  CUBA (April)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2004/04/
            PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2004_06_01_archive.html
2003:  JAPAN (January)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/2003_01_01_archive.html
           CAMEROON (April)
2002:  CHILE (April)
2001:  PUERTO RICO & DOMINION REPUBLIC (April)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2001/04/
           GAMBIA (November)
           https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/2001/11/
2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)
1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1999_09_01_archive.html
1998:  AUSTRALIA and NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)
1997:  VIETNAM (March/April) 
1996:  PHILIPPINES (April)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1996_04_01_archive.html
           NEW ZEALAND (August)   
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1996_08_01_archive.html
1995:  MADAGASCAR (August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1995_08_01_archive.html
1993:  INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1993_08_01_archive.html
1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi and Halmahera (August)
1991:  SOUTH AFRICA (August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1991_08_01_archive.html
1990:  ARGENTINA (August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1990_08_01_archive.html
1989:  ICELAND (June)               
          https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/1989/06/
1988: THAILAND (March/April)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1988_04_01_archive.html 
           BRAZIL (July/August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1988_07_01_archive.html

          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1988_08_01_archive.html
1987:  MALAYSIA Sabah and Peninsular (July/August) 
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1987_08_01_archive.html
1986:  AUSTRALIA Queensland and Northern Territory (March/April)
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1986_03_01_archive.html
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1986_04_01_archive.html
           ECUADOR and VENEZUELA July/August 1986
           http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1986_08_01_archive.html
1985:  COSTA RICA and PANAMA (July/August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1985_08_01_archive.html

1984:  PERU (July/August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1984_08_01_archive.html
           BOTSWANA (December 1984-January 1985) 
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1984_12_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1985_01_01_archive.html  
1983:  KENYA (July/August)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1983_08_01_archive.html

1982:  MALAYSIA Peninsular (January/February)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_01_01_archive.html
           THAILAND (February)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_02_01_archive.html

            NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_03_01_archive.html

          Everest Trek
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_04_01_archive.html

          Langtang Trek
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_05_01_archive.html

           INDIA (June/July)
          Ladakh
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_06_01_archive.html

          Kashmir
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1982_07_01_archive.html

           VENEZUELA (December 1982-February 1983)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1983_01_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1983_02_01_archive.html
1981:  AUSTRIA (July)
1980:  CANADA (May)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1980_05_01_archive.html
            THAILAND (December 1980-January 1981)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1980_12_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1981_01_01_archive.html
1979:  ISRAEL (March/April)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1979_04_01_archive.html
           CANARIES (June/July)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1979_07_01_archive.html
           NEPAL (November 1979-January 1980)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1979_11_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1979_12_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1980_01_01_archive.html
1978:  THAILAND (December 1978-January 1979)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1978_12_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1979_01_01_archive.html

1977:  MOROCCO (April)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1977_04_01_archive.html
           KENYA (December 1977-January 1978)
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1977_12_01_archive.html
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1978_0_01_archive.html

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)
          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog
          http://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/1975_12_01_archive.html
1974:  MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog
          https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.com/1974/