Sunday 30 June. Megan and I took Cookie to Lancing Ring and walked around Steepdown. Great views as usual, a welcome breeze and the usual Sky Larks, Whitethroats (9) and Corn Buntings (14). Back home one or other or both Great Black-backed Gulls were with their chick on the roof behind and a Swift flew over.
|Great Black-backed Gull chick wanting breakfast|
|Ringlet at Lancing Ring|
|Corn Bunting in poppies|
|Corn Bunting in Linseed|
|looking back to Lancing Ring|
Saturday 29 June. Megan and I took Cookie up to Mill Hill. The hottest day of the year so far with just 3 Whitethroats seen. Back home the Great Black-backed Gulls were on the roof with their chick and 5 Swifts overhead.
|Bird's-foot Trefoil on our front lawn (my excuse for not cutting it this week)|
|Cookie appreciating the shade on Mill Hill|
|Broomrape at Mill Hill|
|Great Black-backed Gull family|
|only one chick seen so far|
Friday 28 June. I took Cookie to the Knepp Estate where the shade was much appreciated on a generally birdless hot morning. We saw 2 Turtle Doves, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats, Mistle Thrush and 2 Bullfinches.
|Magnolia grandiflora in our garden|
|Painted Lady at Knepp|
|purring Turtle Dove at Knepp|
Thursday 27 June. Megan and I took Cookie up to Kithurst Hill and walked to Blackpatch Hill and Lee Farm. We saw a Buzzard, 30 Swifts, 9 Sky Larks, 5 Whitethroats, 20 Linnets and 14 Corn Buntings.
|Great Black-backed Gull with chick from our garden|
|Megan heading towards Blackpatch Hill|
|Cookie keen to get away from Blackpatch Hill and what sounded like sustained Clay Pigeon shooting|
|approaching Lee Farm|
|back on the roof |
Wednesday 26 June. At last the Great Black-backed Gulls at Glebelands have a chick.
|Great Black-backed Gull at Glebelands|
Tuesday 25 June. I took Cookie to Cuckoo's Corner and we walked up the Adur seeing 2 Grey Herons, 6 Little Egrets, 3 Sky Larks, 12 House Martins (collecting mud and flying up to Lancing College), 11 Reed but no Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats and 11 Reed Buntings. Back in Shoreham the Great Black-backed Gulls were sitting at Glebelands (for the 34th day) and 5 Swifts were feeding overhead.
|first views of the chick|
|Reed Bunting singing from a Broad Bean crop|
|another male Reed Bunting|
|female Reed Bunting|
|another singing Reed Bunting|
|Common Sheep-pecker family at Coombes|
|Great Black-backed Gull at Glebelands, sitting for the 34th day ...|