Monday 22 April. I watched at Widewater from 05:55-08:55, much in the company of ARK. I saw 44 Brent and 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Mute Swans, 178 Common Scoter, Little Egret, 28 Whimbrel, 21 Bar-tailed Godwits, Kittiwake, 114 Black-headed, 27 Mediterranean (24 adults, 1 second-summer and 2 first-summers) and 47 Common Gulls, 53 Sandwich Terns, 4 dark-morph Arctic Skuas flying E and a Sand Martin and 3 Swallows came in. Rather disappointing compared to the previous couple of days not helped by murky conditions and distant birds. I gave up which turned out to be a mistake as shortly after it picked up, at least nearby sites did. I took Cookie to the Knepp Estate seeing Nightingale, Red Kite and Whitethroats and Blackcaps but didn't even hear a Cuckoo or Lesser Whitethroat although mid/late morning probably isn't the best time to look. With the wind round to SE I tried watching from Shoreham Fort from 19:00-19:40 seeing 15 Brent Geese, 7 Common Scoter, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Sandwich and a Common Tern and 2 pale-morph Arctic Skuas which landed on the sea.
|Nightingale at Knepp|
|singing his heart out|