Tuesday 31 December. I took Cookie to the Adur by Shoreham Airport soon after low tide seeing a Brent Goose, 2 Teal, 128 Lapwings, 19 Redshank and a ringed adult Mediterranean Gull.
|Mediterranean Gull on the Adur|
|a recovery opportunity lost by only fitting a metal ring (or not using a durable colour ring)|
Monday 30 December. Megan and I took Cookie to Brooklands where we saw 4 Teal, Goldcrest, Stonechat and 6 Reed Buntings.
Sunday 29 December. I took Cookie to the Adur seeing 129 Lapwings, 11 Redshank and 19 Linnets. Later with Megan we heard a Song Thrush on Mill Hill.
Saturday 28 December. Megan, Nessa and I took Cookie to Shoreham Fort and along the boardwalk seeing 9 Turnstones, Purple Sandpiper and 37 Greenfinches. Later I dropped Megan and Nessa in Chichester and took Cookie to Hayling Oysterbeds. Highlights there were 2 Goldeneye, 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Black-necked Grebes and a Marsh Harrier. Forty-five minutes before dusk in the hide at Chichester Yacht Basin perhaps unsurprisingly failed to produce the hoped for Bittern or Bearded Tit. Three Egyptian Geese, 39 Pheasants and heard Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler were no consolation at all.
|Black-necked Grebe from Hayling Oysterbeds|
|Red Kite near the Burgh|