28 December. Weather too bad to venture out when little prospect of seeing anything.
29 December. Walk around Rackham with Megan and Vanessa. Amberley Wildbrooks were very flooded with lots of distant wildfowl. Very windy with few small birds in evidence, the best being 2 Treecreepers and a Nuthatch at Rackham and a Mistle thrush and 30 Redwings in Parham Park.
|flooded Amberley Wildbrooks from Rackham
30 December. Day in London with family.
31 December. River Adur, Shoreham Fort and Widewater. Chickened out and drove today. Lowish tide on the Adur first thing, but it was always coming in. A colour-ringed Greater Black-backed Gull was on the Adur but it flew off west before I could read more than the first character (a J so presumably Norwegian). More success on the shore by the Sailing Club where North Thames Herring Gull NM8T was present, along with 400 other gulls until a dog walker put them up. I counted at least 10 Purple Sandpipers near the fort but didn't wait for the high tide to see if all 12 were present. Also at the Fort were 3 Rock Pipits, one a well marked bird that I could imagine was a littoralis, but maybe many are at this time of year? A few birds were moving distantly with 81 Gannets, 17 Kittiwakes, 5 Fulmars and a Red-breasted Merganser flying west and 18 Brent Geese (4+14) east. The Mute Swan family (2 adults and 5 youngsters) were on Widewater along with 11 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 pairs, a male with 2 females and 4 females/young).
|Herring Gull NM8T, ringed as a 2CY at Pitsea (Essex) on 27 March 2010 and seen on the Adur on 17 September 2011