Sunday 25 December. A walk around Shoreham Fort and boardwalk with Megan and Cookie produced a single Purple Sandpiper roosting on the wooden jetty (my first sighting this winter), 3 Mediterranean Gulls in the surf from the west arm, a Sparrowhawk and 3 Greenfinches.
|Purple Sandpiper roosting at Shoreham Harbour|
|second-winter and adult Mediterranean Gulls from Shoreham Harbour (the 3rd bird seen was a first-winter)|
|the adult had a reasonably complete hood|
Monday 26 December. A family outing to the fort and boardwalk but no sign of the Purple Sandpiper although 7 Mediterranean Gulls from the west arm (a full-winter adult, 4 second-winters and 2 first-winters).
|first-winter Mediterranean Gull from Shoreham Harbour|
|it or another first-winter Mediterranean Gull from Shoreham Harbour|
|second-winter Mediterranean Gull from Shoreham Harbour|
|it or another second-winter Mediterranean Gull from Shoreham Harbour|
Tuesday 27 December. A family trip to Petworth. No sign of any Goosanders on the northern lake, in fact not much at all with Green Woodpecker and Mistle Thrush best.
Wednesday 28 December. Nothing of note on a wet walk with Megan and Cookie to Buckingham Park.
Thursday 29 December. Megan and I took Cookie around the Adur seeing a Shelduck, 90 Lapwings, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, Kingfisher and Red Kite. While getting ready to go out a Sparrowhawk had flown low over our road scaring the local sparrows, starlings and a few pigeons.
Friday 30 December. Cookie and I tried seawatching from Widewater but conditions were terrible with nowhere to shelter from a strong S wind and driving rain. Seeing 3 Little Grebes seemed an achievement in the circumstances.
Saturday 31 December. Megan and I took Cookie to Brooklands where we saw the immature male Shoveler, a bedraggled Buzzard, 12= Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and 22 Goldfinches.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.