Sunday 24 July: Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine and Raven from Mill Hill with Josh, Megan and Cookie.
|Josh training Cookie on Mill Hill|
|Mute Swan family from Mill Hill|
Monday 25 July: 40 Swifts flying west, 13 Skylarks and 2 Corn Buntings while walking the Beeding Hill triangle route with Cookie.
|looking north from Beeding Hill|
|Meadow Pipit on Beeding Hill|
Tuesday 26 July. A Turtle Dove, 6 Sand Martins and 6 Bullfinches (heard) at Knepp with Cookie. Later a summer-plumaged Curlew Sandpiper and 54 Mediterranean Gulls at Medmerry, the White-rumped Sandpiper having disappeared an hour or so earlier. Fortunately the other White-rumped Sandpiper was still showing quite nicely (through a telescope) on Sidlesham Ferry along with the summering Brent Goose, 6+ Little Ringed Plovers, a Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank. In the evening 2 Swifts were over our garden, the last I was to see in July.
|Turtle Dove at Knepp, one of the two seen on my first visit.|
|much harder to find at Knepp this year with 3 individuals seen and 1 heard over 6 visits to the south section (2, 1, 0, h, h & 1). This compares with 6 in 6 visits last year (2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1) and 7 in 6 visits in 2020 (3, 3, 3, 4, 1, 2). Not good.|
|Cookie and cat at Knepp. The cat sat tight as Cookie cautiously walked past keeping me between them|
Wednesday 27 July. A Stonechat and 3 Corn Buntings at Steepdown with Megan and Cookie. At low tide a Little Ringed Plover was briefly on the east bank of the Adur opposite the airport, my first sighting here and only the second locally. Also 2 Whimbrel and 2 Dunlin.
|Corn Bunting at Steepdown|
|Stonechat at Steepdown|
Thursday 28 July. A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew N over our Middle Road allotment while a low tide visit to the Adur produced the 2 Whimbrel, a Peregrine (on Lancing College roof) and 90+ House Sparrows (with another 35-40 regularly feeding on our back garden).
|the Mute Swan family from the Old Toll Bridge|
Friday 29 July. The 2 Whimbrel on the Adur with Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 16 House Martins, 2 Sedge and 5 Reed Warblers seen on a walk up river to Applesham and back with Cookie.
|Reed Bunting near Cuckoos Corner|
|probably a different Red Bunting in the same area a bit later|
Saturday 30 July. A Sandwich Tern in the entrance to Shoreham Harbour.
Sunday 31 July. Early evening on the Adur a Whimbrel and my first sighting of the yellow-flagged Curlew.