Megan and I then visited Arundel WWT, somewhere that offered some shelter from the biting wind. We saw some tits on the feeder (including 5 Long-tailed and 2 Coal)plus my usual favourites in the collection, the Eider, Long-tailed Duck and a drake Garganey being particularly vocal. It shouldn't be too long before the latter appears on passage in Sussex, the drakes invariably arriving before (or with) females. Returning to the main building I noticed a recent sightings board which mentioned 2 Bean Geese and 19 Grey Lags from the Ramsar Hide. I'd seen just 6 Grey Lags on the scrape so decided to walk back just in case they were tucked away out of sight. They weren't but fortuitously a light aircraft chose that moment to fly over, flushing a flock of about 50 Grey Lags from the other side of the river. As they came over I spotted the 2 Bean Geese loosely with them. They circled the WWT a couple of times before breaking off and dropping back down over the river. We didn't have time to investigate further.
An evening low-tide visit to the Adur was unproductive despite about 400 Herring Gulls being present. Dave Cooper and Brenda Kay had called in there too but we were unable to find anything of note before a bait digger arrived and flushed most of the gulls off.
|Long-tailed Tit at Arundel|
|getting two looking the right way was the best that I managed|
|usually it was only one|
|Harlequin, the drake is perhaps my favourite duck|
|Scaly-sided Merganser, the duck I'd most like to see in the world. Nice as they are at Arundel, it doesn't quite cut it for me. One day hopefully ...|