|Wheatear stopping to admire recently discovered 'Rock Art' on Shoreham Beach|
|was Covid-19 known to early man?|
|Wheatears at Widewater|
|Sandwich Tern resting, as was I|
|Little Egret at Widewater|
Sunday 03 May. I cycled to Shoreham Beach, walked along to Widewater and cycled home via the Adur. I saw 32 Common Scoter, 5 Oystercatchers, 3 Whimbrel, 14 Black-headed Gulls, 115 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Skuas, a Fulmar and 19 Gannets flying East. Very disappointing for a South-easterly in early May. Two Little Egrets were on Widewater, a Reed Warbler singing unseen by the Dogs Trust and 4 Whimbrel and 10 Turnstones (a few in summer plumage) on the Adur by the Norfolk Bridge.
Saturday 02 May. A Brent Goose and 9 Dunlin were seen from the Adur Ferry Bridge on my way to Shoreham Beach. With very clear visibility and the moderate Westerly wind I wasn't expecting much to be moving and that was the case. I saw 3 Whimbrel and 42 Sandwich Terns flying East, my first Kittiwake of the year and 3 Dunlin flew West and a Common Sandpiper was flushed off the beach by a dog. I walked to Widewater where I saw 2 Little Egrets and a Whitethroat. I joined Megan, Nessa and Cookie and we visited Lancing Ring and Steepdown. Visibility from there was as good as we could remember. A silent Cuckoo was seen at Lancing Ring and 4 Sky Larks, 2 Swallows, 4 Whitethroats, 2 male Stonechats and 7 Corn Buntings around Steepdown.
|Isle of Wight from Lancing Ring|
|Stonechat on Steepdown|
|Corn Buntings on Steepdown|
|Whitethroat on Steepdown|
|autofocus on the wrong setting for a Cuckoo at Lancing Ring|
|Shoreham Beach early morning|
|Kestrel at Mill Hill|
|Bar-tailed Godwit on Widewater|