Saturday 05 June. Megan and I took Cookie to Lancing Ring and Steepdown where we saw 13 Sly Larks, 10 Whitethroats, Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipits, 6 Linnets and 5 Corn Buntings. In the evening 7 Swifts were seen over the garden.
|Stonechat on Steepdown|
|Meadow Pipit on Steepdown|
|Corn Bunting on Steepdown|
|birthday reading from Nessa and Josh|
Friday 04 June. A damp morning visit to the Adur with Cookie produced 2 Oystercatchers, a single Ringed Plover and 18 Turnstones.
|Turnstone on the Adur|
Tuesday 01 June. My second South Downs Farmland Monitioring visit, west of the Burgh, produced 3 Red-legged and 8 Grey Partridges, Cuckoo (heard only), 2 Stock Doves, 3 Lapwings, a southwards flying Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Red Kites, 3 Buzzards, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 8 Sky Larks, 6 Chffchaffs, 15 Whitethroats, 42 Blackbirds, Mistle Thrush, 23 Dunnocks, 5 Linnets, 24 Goldfinches and 3 Yellowhammers. I continued on to Amberley Wildbrooks which was disappointing (as usual). I encountered 2 Swifts, a Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 6 Sky Larks, 2 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 5 Willow Warblers (a song I've missed locally), 3 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers., 5 Stonechats, Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnets and 6 Reed Buntings. In the evening 2 Swifts were seen over the garden.
|Hare and Sky Lark on the Downs|
|it presumably had chicks in a field mostly hidden from me by a thick hedge|
|still not happy|
|time for me to leave|
|male Stonechat on Amberley Wildbrooks, three pairs were seen along the main track|
|Sedge Warbler on Amberley Wildbrooks|
|House Martins were collecting mud along the main track at Amberley Wildbrooks|
Monday 31 May. Megan, Nessa, Cookie and I walked around Mill Hill. We saw 2 Red Kites, 2 Buzzards, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 2 Linnets and 2-3 Yellowhammers and heard Chiffchaff and Blackcap. In the evening I visited Lavington for my second of three annual Woodcock surveys. I saw what was probably the same Woodcock, nice views but a poor showing for what seemed an ideal evening, although the midges were something else. In the 90 minutes before the survey and during it I saw 2 Nightjars (1-2 more heard), 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Coal Tits, Chiffchaff, Dartford Warbler, Treecreeper, 3 Stonechats, 3 Linnets and a Yellowhammer. Cuckoo and Tawny Owl were heard.
|Adonis Blue on Mill Hill|
|distant Red Kites from Mill Hill|
|Yellowhammer at Mill Hill|
|autofocus distracted by midges|
Sunday 30 May. A circuit of the Adur with Megan and Cookie produced 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Lesser and 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Sparrowhawks, Sky Lark, Swallow, 2 House Martins, 2 Reed Warblers, Whitethroat and 7 Goldfinches. In the evening a Swift was seen over the garden.
|Sparrowhawk over the Adur|