Tuesday, 31 March 2020

West Worthing

Garden birding today produced two Grey Herons, a Meadow Pipit, 16 Jackdaws and two Stock Doves overhead. Jay and Great Black-backed Gull (surprisingly infrequent here, just a couple of streets back from the beach) were 'lockdown ticks', bringing the total to 40 species.

Monday, 30 March 2020

West Worthing

A migrant Rook heading east was the best of today over the garden, along with two Jackdaws.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

West Worthing

With roaring northerlies again it was another day for getting jobs done though some time was spent in the garden, where a Sparrowhawk shot through.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

West Worthing and Goring

Home birding, rather more half-hearted today with a roaring northerly, produced a Great Spotted Woodpecker - calling out the front and just my third record here - and the Blackcap, while eastbound were a Rook and two Black-headed Gulls. The woodpecker was my 38th species logged since lockdown began on Tuesday.

A Sparrowhawk flew very low over the road near the shops in Goring and nearly into a pedestrian before veering off.

Friday, 27 March 2020

West Worthing

There was quite a movement of Siskins over the garden this morning, with around 30 heading east. Later, the Peregrines were back overhead together, slowly cruising their home range; I'm curious where they're breeding. A Cormorant, a Rook and five Jackdaws flew east, and either the Blackcap was back or another briefly burst into song. On a roof opposite, a Stock Dove was unusual, and the female Sparrowhawk passed by a couple of times.

Peregrine over West Worthing

Cormorant over West Worthing

Rook over West Worthing

Thursday, 26 March 2020

West Worthing

Garden highlights today included two Red Kites low east, a pair of Peregrines (the female carrying prey) and singles of Siskin, Linnet, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Jackdaw, plus two Meadow Pipits.

Peregrines

Peregrine

2cy Red Kite

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

West Worthing

As I stepped out into the garden this morning, a Serin announced itself as it flew low northeast! If lockdown continues like this, I could get used to it! Later, it turned out to be a good morning for flyover raptors with a low Red Kite my first for the garden, as well as a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. Two Siskins flew east and a male Blackcap made its way into my mistnet. Further sightings included a Grey Heron, two Cormorants, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Coal Tit, two Jackdaws and four Long-tailed Tits.

2cy Red Kite

male Blackcap

Buzzard with Carrion Crow

Jackdaw (uncommon over the garden)

Sparrowhawk

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

West Worthing

Lockdown birding from the garden wasn't so bad this morning. I caught a female Firecrest and a Goldfinch, both new ringing species for the garden. Sightings included a male Blackcap, a Coal Tit and two Jackdaws and a Rook overhead.

Ingrid and I have worked on moving and overhauling the bird feeding station to a position that I now feel will eventually draw birds in; we've done away with the metal pole and have constructed a feeding station made out of driftwood straight from the shores of Loch Tay. What bird could resist? Well, currently everything other than Collared Doves and Herring Gulls, but that's already a huge improvement on the previous setup.

female Firecrest

2cy Goldfinch

Monday, 23 March 2020

Goring Gap

Seawatching from my isolated hiding place produced a Velvet Scoter, two Sandwich Terns, 101 Common Scoters, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, six Shelducks, four Red-breasted Mergansers, three Red-throated Divers, two Fulmars, six Great Crested Grebes, five Gannets and two Mediterranean Gulls, plus two of both Linnet and Meadow Pipit overhead.

Red-throated Diver

drake Common Scoter

Bar-tailed Godwit

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Highdown and West Worthing

A walk on Highdown this fine morning featured a Firecrest, a pair of Marsh Tits, four Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Greylag Goose, a Canada Goose, a singing Treecreeper, two Mistle Thrushes, two Kestrels, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Green Woodpeckers, 16 Meadow Pipits, 11 Linnets, three Yellowhammers, a Bullfinch, three Nuthatches, a Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs, 10 Skylarks, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Red-legged Partridge.

2cy Buzzard at Highdown

At home in West Worthing, a Chiffchaff was in the garden and a Buzzard flew over, the latter a home tick.