|Great Egret at Pett|
|sunset at Rye, Starling murmuration exit stage left ...|
Sunday 1 December. Megan and I took Cookie to Brooklands hoping the Firecrests might still be around but we couldn't find them, just 2 Goldcrests and a Great Spotted Woodpecker seen around the bushes and Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler heard. Seven Teal and 4 male Pochard were on the lake although the latter flew off east at 09:55.
Saturday 30 November. An enjoyable day out in West Sussex started at West Dean Woods and Monkton Farm where I arrived at 07:30 hoping to see a decent number of Hawfinches. I left after an hour having probably seen 11, mostly perched up although no more than five were on view at once. Also Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jays, Marsh Tit, 3 Fieldfares, 25 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 30 Chaffinces and 3 Greenfinches. I headed to Fishbourne where handily someone was watching the Water Pipit which showed well through a telescope. As the tide came in I saw Long-tailed Duck, 10 Goldeneye (5 males), 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, Slavonian Grebe, Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Stonechat and Rock Pipit. On the way home I spent 45 minutes at Sherwood Rough seeing an estimated 7 Hawfinches sitting up along the east edge of the clearing although no more than three were seen at once. Also there Jay, a Coal and 10 Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch and male Redpoll. I still had time to drop into Arundel WWT before closing. Coal, Marsh and 10+ Blue Tits were on the feeders, Scaly-sided Mergansers, Harlequins and some smart Black-necked Grebes in the covered enclosures on my way to the hide. Two Marsh Harriers had roosted before I arrived but I saw three (including a male) and a ring-tail Hen Harrier that flew around the reedbed for 5 minutes before dropping in. A superb Kingfisher performed well but the light was too poor for photographs.
|Redshank and barely identifiable Water Pipit at Fishbourne|
|fallen leaves in Rewell Woods|
|deer on Amberley Wild Brooks|
|Greenshank and Redshank on the Adur|
|second-winter Mediterranean Gull on the Adur|
|Adur saltings at high tide|
|Jay in our front garden|
|the light was awful|