Saturday 30 March. I arrived at Shoreham Harbour at 06:45 to find the gate to the west arm locked allowing no possibility of seawatching from there. I relocated to Shoreham Beach but nothing was moving in a cold north wind although my attention was soon drawn to some Wheatears on the beach. I counted ten and followed them as they moved steadily west along the beach towards Widewater. Males were outnumbered by females but still a very nice sight, although somewhat later than usual as Megan and I had been in Finmark for a week. Feeling on a bit of a roll I took Cookie up to Ashdown Forest looking for the wintering Great Grey Shrike and for the second time failed to see it. Later a distant Goshawk was some compensation. Cookie and I finished the day on Beeding Hill seeing four Stock Doves.
|Wheatear on Shoreham Beach|
|one of ten seen, a decent fall|
Thursday 21 to Thursday 28 March. Megan and I were in Finmark which I hope to blog soon.
Wednesday 20 March. Megan and I flew from Gatwick to Oslo, arriving late morning. We caught the train into the city, booked into our hotel and spent the afternoon seeing a few sights including the Vigland Sculpture Park, Royal Palace, Cathedral, Harbour and Akershus Fortress. Avian highlights were four Goldeneye, 25 Hooded Crows, 30 pale Nordic Jackdaws and four Tree Sparrows, the latter in complete contrast to their status in Sussex.
|still snowy in southern Norway|
|Tree Sparrow in Oslo|
|Vigeland Sculpture Park|
|Goldeneye in Vigland Park|
|Oslo City Hall|