Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Shoreham-by-Sea (06-16 November)

Sunday 06 November. I seawatched from Widewater from 07:30-09:00 in a strong SW seeing 11 Brent Geese, a drake Wigeon, a close red-head Goosander (at 08:35), 5 distant Kittiwakes and a Gannet flying W while an adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Gannets flew E. Later on the Adur I fortuitously bumped into Matt Palmer as he picked out a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull on the far bank that, being with Megan and Cookie, I would probably have overlooked.

Monday 07 November. 07:45-08:45 at Widewater in a strong SW produced an adult Mediterranean Gull flying E and 3 Dunlin W. Later, after a visit to the Building Society, Le Havre Great Black-backed Gull 50H was opposite Coronation Green, the wintering Greenshank opposite Town Quay and the 'white-browed' Grey Plover opposite the Waterfront.

50H is a female, hatched at Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, Normandie, FRANCE in late May 2010 and seen Dives-sur-Mer, Calvados in July 2012, Cricqueville-en-Bessi, Calvados in October 2013, Dawlish Warren, Devon in September 2014 and on the Adur or in Shoreham in December 2015, July and October 2017, February 2020, April and September 2021 and January, February (possibly June but against the light) and now November 2022

Tuesday 08 November. A seawatch at Widewater from 07:15-08:45 was enlivened by a female Merlin which flew in from the east and landed on the beach before continuing west. A close Kittiwake and a Meadow Pipit on the beach were the only other species noted. Later I took Cookie to Buckingham Park seeing Sparrowhawk, Lord Derby's Parakeet and Jay

Merlin on the beach at Widewater

Wednesday 09 November. Megan and I took Cookie to Mill Hill where we saw BuzzardPeregrine and a Clouded Yellow.

Thursday 10 November. I took Cookie to Shoreham Fort seeing Kittiwake, 3 Meadow Pipits and 12 Greenfinches but our search for Black Redstarts was unsuccessful. We called in at the Adur Saltings on the way home seeing 9 Teal, 35 Lapwings, Curlew, 29 Common Snipe, 52 Redshank and a Greenshank at high tide.

Kittiwake in Shoreham Harbour

Friday 11 November. Megan and I took Cookie to Harbour Way/Boardwalk/Shoreham Fort loop seeing 10 Oystercatchers, Sparrowhawk and 15 Greenfinches but again no Black Redstart.

Saturday 12 November. Megan and I took Cookie to Mill Hill where we saw a Kestrel and 13 Goldfinches. It is really not very good at this time of year.

Sunday 13 November. Megan and I took Cookie to Southwick Canal where we saw 3 Stonechats  and 11 Greenfinches.

Monday 14 November. Megan and I took Cookie to Lancing Ring and Steepdown. We saw 14 Skylarks, Long-tailed Tit, Meadow Pipit, 30 Linnets and 21 Corn Buntings.

Corn Buntings at Steepdown

St Mary's de Haura, New Shoreham in late afternoon sun

Tuesday 15 November.  I seawatched from Widewater from 07:15-08:20 in a strong S wind with heavy showers. Visibility was poor and shelter very limited making the experience rather challenging. Sixty-eight Brent Geese flew west in flocks of 3-19 with 14 Turnstones feeding on the beach.

Wednesday 16 November. I seawatched from Widewater from 08:00-09:10 in a moderate/strong SW wind seeing 50 Gannets and a few gulls. Later on the Adur a first-winter Mediterranean and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were on the Adur by Ricardos and 2 Grey Plover opposite the Waterfront.

Yellow-legged Gull on the River Adur

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