|Spotted Flycatcher in Hope Gap|
|Willow Warbler in Hope Gap|
|Hobby seen several times over Hope Gap and the lower Cuckmere|
|one of two Knot on the lower Cuckmere|
|Whinchat at Newhaven Tidemills|
|Wryneck at Newhaven Tidemills|
Wednesday 29 August. I took Cookie for a quick walk around Mill Hill seeing Buzzard, 2 Stock Doves, 5 Swallows, 7 Whitethroats and 4 Blackcaps. It was then time to take Ruth to Gatwick for her return flight to Auckland, a very emotional departure as we locked up the family home. On my way back I called in at Shoreham Harbour and saw 20 Sandwich and the 3 Black Terns from the Lifeboat Station.
Tuesday 28 August. Around Mill Hill with Cookie seeing Swallow, 18 Whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbers and a Spotted Flycatcher (my best bird there in 15 visits this month). We then held my mum's funeral, a nice service but very upsetting. Returning to what had been the family home for over 50 yearsit was a bit of a shock to see a For Sale sign had been put up since I'd dropped Anna and Ruth there the previous evening.
Monday 27 August. Megan and I took Anna and Ruth (and Cookie) to Crowlink and we walked down to the sea, along half the Seven Sisters to Birling, around Belle Tout and back. A lovely day and being there relatively early meant the first section was fairly quiet. Very few birds seen, the only warbler a dead Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallows, 5 Stonechats and 3 Wheatears. An evening visit to the Adur produced 61 Ringed Plovers, 16 Dunlin and a flock of at least 160 Swallows feeding low over the river.
Sunday 26 August. A strong wind made birding difficult on Mill Hill with just 2 Buzzards and a Whitethroat seen on our usual circuit. Later, at low tide, just 4 Ringed Plover were seen before driving rain made further observations impossible.
Saturday 25 August. Mill Hill with Cookie: Tawny Owl heard, 13 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers. The Trundle with Megan and Cookie: Red Kite, Buzzard, 20 Swallows, a Yellowhammer and great views over to the Isle of Wight. I then dropped Megan in Chichester to go to the theatre and took Cookie down to the North Wall at Pagham. I saw a sleeping Spoonbill, unseasonal female Red-breasted Merganser, Knot, 9 Sanderling, 100+ Dunlin, Ruff, 25 Black-tailed and a Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel (heard), 50+ Curlew, 40+ Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 250+ Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows, 2 Whinchats and 2 Wheatears.
|juvenile Robin at Mill Hill|
|sleeping Spoonbill mostly surrounded by Mediterranean Gulls|
|southwest from the Trundle|
|the Isle of Wight was very clear|
|high tide in Chichester Harbour|