|Lancing College and Shoreham Airport|
|wild flowers beside the new footpath|
|Great Black-backed Gull doing a bit of nest repair|
|Bee Orchid near Mill Hill|
|Isle of Wight clearly visible from Steepdown|
|Corn Bunting at Steepdown|
|Spotted Orchids at Wolstenbury|
|Twayblade and Butterfly Orchid|
Monday 10 June. Ruth and I took Cookie to Worthing dodging showers. The weather worsened in the afternoon and a Great Black-backed Gull on its nest and 2 Stock Doves in the garden were all I saw.
Sunday 9 June. Megan and I took Cookie to Mill Hill where 2 Yellowhammers were the highlight. Later I met Anna and Ruth (over from NZ) at Lewes Station and we went to Crowlink and walked along half the Seven Sisters to Birling and Belle Tout in memory of our parents who loved the area. An incident near the Beachy Head Lighthouse involved Police and Coastguard Rescue Helicopters, Newhaven Lifeboat and RIB. Very few birds of which 3 Ravens and 3 Stonechats were best.
|Broomrape on Mill Hill|
|Newt in Crowlink dewpond|
|what I took to be an Emperor Dragonfly larva, not something I remember seeing before|
|amazingly well camouflaged|
|Ruth and Anna at Flatbrow|
|Anna, Ruth and me|
|male 'Continental' Stonechat at Flatbrow|
|Coastguard Rescue helicopter over Beachy Head|
|landed opposite Hodcombe|
|preparing to lower a crew member on the beach|
|when the helicopter moved off and the down draft subsided they were joined by three from the RIB|
Friday 7 June. A quick visit to the Adur in the rain was predictably poor with just 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egrets, an Oystercatcher and a Whitethroat seen but at least Cookie had a walk. The pair of Great Black-backed Gulls have been on the roof at Glebelands all week but no Swifts over the road for over a week.
|Herring Gull on the Adur. This one had an oddly shaped bill, at least from this angle|
Wednesday 5 June. I took Cookie for a walk around Steepdown seeing 5 Sky Larks, 9 Whitethroats, 2 Meadow Pipits and 15 Corn Buntings.
|Corn Bunting at Steepdown|
|another Corn Bunting|
Monday 3 June. I visited the Knepp Estate with Cookie. Lots of 'keep out wildlife only' signs since my last visit which didn't make one feel overly welcome. I saw just one Turtle Dove, not actually in the Estate, a Hobby, 2 Garden Warblers, a Nightingale and 2 Bullfinches and heard a distant Cuckoo. Hopefully there are more Turtle Doves away from the footpaths but to me numbers seem significantly down on recent years and, sadly, it is easy to imagine they might not hang on for much longer. All the more reason to see them as often as possible while one can.
|Mistle Thrush at Knepp|
|Turtle Dove at Knepp|
|not as easy to see at this site as in previous years|
|both Great Black-backed Gulls from the garden|
Sunday 2 June. I dashed down to Shoreham Beach for a seawatch following the sighting of a possible Long-tailed Skua flying east at Selsey. I didn't see it but 22 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmars, 12 Gannets, 10 Sanderling, a Mediterranean Gull and 11 Sandwich Terns made it worth looking. Later Megan and I took Cookie to Mill Hill where a Whitethroat was the highlight.
Saturday 1 June. Megan and I took Cookie for a walk around Cissbury seeing Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Raven, a Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats, Mistle Thrush and 3 Yellowhammers. Later both Great Black-backed Gulls were on the roof at Glebelands, allaying my fears that one had been the bird found guillotined below Shoreham Harbour's Spinny wind turbine the previous afternoon.
|Isle of Wight just visible from Cissbury|
|the coast to Beachy Head from Cissbury|
|spider at its web|
|Roe Deer at Cissbury|
|Great Black-backed Gull at Glebelands|
|good to see the other adult had returned|
Friday 31 May (update). An evening trip to Lavington produced 2 Woodcock (during the survey), Cuckoo (heard), 3 Nightjars, Jay, male Stonechat, Tree Pipit and 3 Yellowhammers. Again Tawny Owl was not heard and no owls were seen on route.
|Nightjar at Lavington|