|Redwing on Mill Hill, one of about 30 behaving skittishly in the wood|
Tuesday 31 March. Following what has become the new norm I cycled to Shoreham Beach and rested there for an hour in a strong cold N wind. Five distant Teal, 3 Oystercatchers, 30 Black-headed and 17 Common Gulls and 5 Gannets flew east while male Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Crested Grebe were on the sea and 4 Carrion Crows flew in from distance. I cycled on to Widewater and back via Shoreham Fort, New Salts Farm and the Adur. That hardy troubled the scorers with 2 Cetti's Warblers and a Chiffchaff heard and another seen.
Monday 30 March. I cycled to Shoreham Fort returning via Widewater, the Adur and Cuckoos Corner. Still a cold N wind but much reduced and few people in most places. A female Black Redstart at the Fort was nice reward although no Wheatears all week. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew east while I was on my way to Widewater but there was little there or on the Adur. Two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker and 4 Greenfinches at Cuckoos Corner as I walked back along the riverbank. Again nothing amongst the reduced number of gulls.
|Black Redstart at Shoreham Fort|
Sunday 29 March. I cycled to Shoreham Fort returning via Widewater and the Adur. Very quiet, people and birds, in a strong cold N wind. A female Mallard had 9 ducklings on Widewater, 4 Oystercatchers and 24 Turnstones were on the oysterbeds by Ropetackle and a Greenfinch was singing by the A27.
Saturday 28 March. Mill Hill for our daily exercise with Megan, Nessa and Cookie. As usual very few people about so quite surprising to see on the local news that evening that the Stasi had been out, clearly Sussex Police are not overstretched at present. Another worthwhile visit with a Red Kite drifting and later 2 Merlins chasing west, 4 Sky Larks and a Chiffchaff.
|Stock Dove on our birdtable|
Thursday 26 March. Megan and I took Cookie up to Mill Hill for our daily walk, a clear day, rising tide and fresh northerly wind made it the least worst local option, and quite a good one as it turned out. A female Merlin flying east was unexpected, perhaps my third there. A Siskin flew north with three seen briefly in the wood before also departing N. Back at the car a Red Kite flew east, only my fourth there. Also seen were a Buzzard and 3 Meadow Pipits on easily my best visit this year.
|male Kestrel at Mill Hill|
|Chiffchaff at Mill Hill|
|I'd heard one singing on my last two visits as it was again today, this was a different individual|