Thursday 19th. A morning visit to the Adur where an adult Mediterranean was the only gull of note and not a sniff of a colour-ring. 42 Ringed and 4 Grey Plover were some compensation. A quick look on Southwick Canal produced the Great Northern Diver rather distantly and two Peregrines on the Power Station chimney. I considered trying Shoreham Fort as it was high tide but unfortunately decided against it, later finding out Alan Kitson had seen a late Wheatear there.
|Great Northern Diver on Southwick Canal|
|Wigeon on the Adur|
|Turnstone enjoying the early morning sunshine|
|this one appeared to have damaged or deformed feet although it did not seem to be noticeable disadvantaged|
|no such problems here|
Wednesday 25th. Megan and I walked from Widewater to Brooklands and back hoping for a late Wheatear or a Black Redstart but seeing little. Black-headed Gull R3 was the highlight.
|Meadow Pipit at Widewater, not the passerine we were hoping to see on the beach|
|Dutch Black-headed Gull R3. Widewater takes a 3-2 lead over the Adur for my sightings of this bird which I'm averaging seeing once a year (possibly not more often as the ring is very indiscreet).|
|Brent Goose on Widewater|
Thursday 26th. Megan and I walked around Steepdown. Superb views despite low cloud hanging over Truleigh Hill for much of the time. 35 Sky Larks, 20 Corn Buntings and 2 Reed buntings were feeding in the stubble and a pair of Stonechats were along one of the fences. I went down to the Adur for low tide seeing a new North Thames Herring Gull.
|looking northeast to Truleigh Hill|
|Corn Bunting at Steepdown, the best place I know to see them|
|Herring Gull J0LT on the Adur, pity this ring wasn't saved for something rarer that really would give one a jolt.|
|Kingfisher north of the Old Toll Bridge, always nice to see especially when well enough to photograph|
Sunday 29th. Much better today with a Slavonian Grebe on the sea off Widewater where three Little Gulls flew east during an hour or so seawatch. Little else was moving in the rough weather but three Red-breasted Mergansers were on the lagoon. Over 1000 gulls were on the Adur including an adult Mediterranean and two repeat colour-rings.
|one of three Red-breasted Merganser on Widewater|
|presumably male, female and immature male with the former chasing away the latter on several occasions|
|Guernsey Great Black-backed Gull 6AA9 has been regular on the Adur since October|
|North Thames Herring Gull L9HT, my third sighting since mid November and the first at such an angle|
|gulls on the Adur|
Monday 30th. A couple of hours watching gulls on the Adur as the tide came in this morning produced two Mediterranean and five colour-ringed birds, three of the latter that i had not recorded before.
|Guernsey Great Black-back 6AA9, my fifth sighting of this bird in as many weeks|
|Normandie Great Black-back 40T, previously on the Adur on 7 November|
|North Thames Herring Gull V8MT, new for me|
|North Thames Herring Gull XA6T, another new one|
|Common Gull A72K is not one I've encountered before. Only my third colour-ringed Common Gull, it appears to be from North Germany as was my second.|
|second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull on the Adur|
|Mediterranean Gulls on the Adur are most often associated with Common Gulls as is this adult|