Sunday, 30 June 2019

West Sussex (25-30 June)

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
Cissbury 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
Magnolia grandiflora in our garden
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.
Painted Lady at Knepp
purring Turtle Dove at Knepp

Great Black-backed Gull with chick from our garden
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
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

first views of the chick
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.
Reed Bunting singing from a Broad Bean crop
another male Reed Bunting

female Reed Bunting
another singing Reed Bunting

and another
Common Sheep-pecker family at Coombes
Great Black-backed Gull at Glebelands, sitting for the 34th day ...

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