Friday 17 February. I took Cookie to Widewater and we walked along the beach to Brooklands and back. We saw 8 Teal at Widewater and although the tide had fallen the Brooklands wader roost still contained 7 Sanderling, 180+ Dunlin and 10+ Ringed Plover. Only the Lord Derby's Parakeet was seen by the roost tree during a brief visit before dusk.
|waders roosting on the beach opposite Brooklands|
|mostly Dunlin with a few Sanderling|
|and Ringed Plover|
Sunday 19 February. Megan and I took Cookie to Worthing where we saw 18 close Sanderling on the beach just west of the Lido at high tide. I was cursing only having taken a bridge camera as I was not expecting to see anything. I was cursing even more when I discovered its battery was flat.
Monday 20 February. Megan and I took Cookie to Shoreham Fort and walked to the Adur saltings and back along the boardwalk. There was a single Brent Goose at Harbour Way, 20 Teal, 25 Common Snipe and a Curlew on the saltings and a Purple Sandpiper on our return to the Fort.
|Brent Goose at Harbour Way|
|Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Fort|
Tuesday 21 February. I walked to Buckingham Park with Cookie seeing presumably the singing Coal Tit from earlier in the month, 2 Goldcrests and 15 Goldfinches and distantly hearing the Lord Derby's Parakeet. By the time we were back home I felt it was too late to visit the Adur saltings before the big high tide started pushing the waders off. It was a decision I soon came to regret as a very impressive 200 Common Snipe were seen (my best count being 172 in November 2008).
Wednesday 22 February. Megan and I took Cookie to Arundel and walked around Swanbourne Lake before leaving her in the car for a quick look around Arundel WWT. It was quiet with over 30 mostly adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Goldcrest best. Collection highlights were Scaly-sided Merganser, Spectacled Eider, Harlequin and Long-tailed Duck, all in the Coastal Creek Aviary which was closed so viewing was through fine netting.
|Harlequin at Arundel WWT|
|Scaly-sided Merganser at Arundel WWT|
|Spectacled Eider at Arundel WWT|
|Mediterranean Gulls at Arundel WWT|