|high tide on Adur Saltings|
|Snow Bunting at Goring Gap, so good I went back for another look|
|Greenshank on the Adur|
Sunday 20 January. A day out in West Sussex with DB. We started at Knepp where the Mill Pond had been drained. DB saw Water Rail and Kingfisher but I was looking the wrong way both times. We soon continued on to Petworth Park where 30 Redwing were around the car park and two male and a female Goosander were on the small pond. At West Dean Woods we failed to find the Little Owl before and after walking up to Monkton Farm. There a single Hawfinch was seen sitting in the top of a thin conifer on the opposite hillside. Decent views through a telescope, it slowly twisted from side to side while flicking its outer tail feathers. It appeared as if it was singing but was too far away to hear even if it had a loud call, which it doesn't. We also saw a Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kites, 15 Red-legged Partridges, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Mistle Thrushes and 6 Siskins. We finished at the Burgh, stopping near Burpham Church to see the ten Bewick's Swans. We were a bit late at the Burgh with Buzzard the only raptor seen although a superb Barn Owl was hunting over the fields about the barn. We also saw 10 Grey Partridges.
|Goosanders in Petworth Park|
|super moon before it turned 'blood'|
Saturday 19 January. The Glaucous Gull JK and I saw on the Cuckmere (see previous blog) was almost certainly a different individual to the one(s) found by LP and JP at Newhaven on 12th and David Campbell in the Cuckmere on 16th.
|Glaucous Gull in the Cuckmere 19 January 2019, a smaller bird than that/those below|
|Glaucous Gull in the Cuckmere 16 January 2019 (David Campbell/SOS Recent Sightings page)|
|Glaucous Gull at Newhaven 12 January 2019 (John Cooper/http://jfcbirding.blogspot.com/2019/01/12th-january-2019-beachy-head-and.html)|