|looking south-west from Blackdown, the South Downs as far as Chanctonbury Ring were just about visible against the glare of a low sun|
|still lots of mist in the Weald|
|male Crossbill at Blackdown|
|male Dartford Warbler at Blackdown|
|Megan and Cookie at Blackpatch Hill trig point|
|Black Redstart still at Shoreham Fort|
|view from the new footpath 'beside' the Adur|
Tuesday 12 February. An estimated 7000+ Starlings were flying around the Palace Pier at dusk. I'm not making it all the way home in daylight but ore than half the journey now is.
Sunday 10 February. Megan, Cookie and I walked around Swanbourne Lake and were a bit dismayed at how much had been cleared on the SW side. Whatever top soil is on the slope there could easily end up in the lake. 70 Tufted Duck seemed a decent count, 30 Gadwall but no Mandarins. We left Cookie in the car at the WWT and had a quick walk around seeing Water Rail and my collection favourites - Harlequin, Long-tailed Duck and Scaly-sided Merganser.
|Water Rail at Arundel WWT|
Saturday 09 February. We walked along Southwick Canal seeing 30 Cormorants and three Greenfinches.
Friday 08 February. A very rough day and a reasonable tide made the Cuckmere gull flock seem a good bet but it was not to be. Despite over 3000 gulls in scattered flocks I couldn't find anything of interest (other than three unreadable colour-ringed Norwegian Great Black-backs). Great Black-backs predominated (an estimated 2600 were present including many immatures). The four regular Barnacle Geese were present and 90 Oystercatchers were roosting on the scrape. Back home three Stock Doves were feeding on our lawn.
|Cuckmere from Harry's Bush|
|Barnacle Geese in the Cuckmere|
|Belle Tout from the Cuckmere on a rough day|
|Black Redstart at Shoreham Fort|