|my first Song Thrush of the year|
|Peregrine on Beeding Quarry chimney|
|Grey Heron by the Adur|
|Stonechat near Botolphs|
Thursday 09 January. I visited Cuckmere Haven to look at the gulls. Major roadworks in Rottingdean and another holdup in Newhaven made it a slow journey. I'd like to say it was worthwhile but unfortunately not. The flock of large gulls numbered about 600 roughly split 75% Great Black-backs and 25% Herrings. Amongst them I picked out a Le Havre Great Black-back that I couldn't be certain of, 2 argentatus Herrings, 7 Lesser Black-backs and no Yellow-legs or Caspians. Three Brents and a Barnacle were with the Canada Geese.
|Le Havre Great Black-backed Gull, either 63P, which was what I thought when it briefly raised its leg, of 83P which I'd seen in the Cuckmere in December|
|the only gull I thought worth a second look|
|perhaps my 0 Caspian Gulls should have been 0.1 but I do struggle with third-winters|
|looks more like 0 now|
|very poor image of the Henfield Glossy Ibis|
|Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Fort|
|another Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Fort|
were Marsh Tit, Stonechat and Bullfinch.
|Harlequin at Arundel WWT, only beaten by Scaly-sided Merganser as my favourite duck in the collection|