Monday, 13 July 2020


The original plan was to go for the Peak District Lammergeier today but that was thwarted from a couple of angles and the only birding I managed to do was around my nearby streets in the evening. I hoped to note some more Swift nest sites but the birds weren't very cooperative until dusk, when some 28 Swifts screamed and spiralled high over the garden. I did have a quick look off the promenade, where there were five Mediterranean Gulls and a Gannet offshore.

Sunday, 12 July 2020


Three House Martins were over Patching village as I cycled through to the watchpoint over the Angmering Park Estate. At said viewpoint, I noted four Crossbills, seven Sand Martins, two Hobbies, a Sparrowhawk, three Red Kites (including two juveniles), four Buzzards, a Bullfinch, a Mistle Thrush, 16 Swallows, 12 Cormorants, four Swifts and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Red Kite


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Goring Gap, Worthing and Arundel WWT

A quick look at Goring Gap this morning revealed disappointingly few gulls to look through along the beach. A Sandwich Tern was sitting on a buoy, already with a white forecrown, five Little Egrets were feeding and three Mediterranean Gulls blogged around.

Over the garden in Worthing, 13 Swifts were back and I found an active nest site nearby.

In the afternoon, Ingrid and I took the chance to visit Arundel WWT, having booked our visit a few days ago. The highlights were two Cattle Egrets in full breeding fettle and a family party of five Treecreepers. A Hobby, two Red Kites and a Buzzard rode the thermals and recently fledged Sedge and Reed Warblers were in the bushes. Firecrest and Reed Bunting were in song. Two Oystercatchers were stationed where the new exhibits are under construction. Wild ducks included eight Gadwall and a Shoveler, while two Egyptian Geese snoozed and two Bullfinches piped away. The Sand Martin colony was quiet but four zipped around the reserve, with a Swallow. It was amusing two watch a Canada Goose make seed fall from a passerine feeder for it and its single gosling by tugging at the bottom of it.

Cattle Egrets and Mandarin at Arundel WWT

lateral-thinking Canada Goose and awestruck Mallard at Arundel WWT

Treecreepers at Arundel WWT

Oystercatcher at Arundel WWT

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Brooklands Park

A visit this afternoon to scan through the gulls didn't produce the desired juvenile Yellow-legged. There were four juvenile Herring Gulls among the small gathering though, as well as a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a juvenile Black-headed Gull. Two juvenile Grey Wagtails were feeding in a bare patch in the reedbed, where two Reed Warblers sang and a Grey Heron stalked the margins. The Mute Swan family was going strong with its six surviving young now well grown.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Portland Bill

A dash to Portland Bill was successful in getting views of the/a Yelkouan/Menorcan-type shearwater among rafting Balearic and Manx Shearwaters. I'm not sure how comfortable I'd ever be with this bird being a tick due to the Menorcan 'problem' but it was educational, as they like to say, to see a Yelk-type among the two confusion species. A small flock of Common Scoters flew by and there were small numbers of Guillemots, Gannets and Razorbills offshore.

Balearic Shearwaters

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Banstead Woods

An outdoors meet with some of the CFBW folk late in the day at Banstead Woods was quiet for both birds and butterflies but refreshing nonetheless. Over 40 Swifts were overhead, three Buzzards flew over and a couple of Goldcrests were singing - among the birds noted.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Bempton Cliffs RSPB and Sand Hole

An afternoon/evening albatross dip at Bempton Cliffs was redeemed by hundreds of Puffins and thousands of Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots and Gannets. A Great Skua and a small number of Fulmars were also seen, while passerines included a good number of Tree Sparrows and singles of Corn Bunting and Reed Bunting. A family party of three Peregrines shot through noisily.

Bonxie at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

 Razorbill at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Kittiwake at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Guillemot at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Puffin at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

Gannet at Bempton Cliffs RSPB

On the way home, a Barn Owl was seen while passing through Sand Hole in East Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Dungeness and Pett Level

Phil and I started at the ARC Pit, where we had no luck with the Gull-billed Tern at the west end but caught a couple of brief glimpses of the male Black-winged Stilt near the screen. A Cuckoo, a few hundred Swifts, two Black-tailed Godwits, a Hobby, two Common Sandpipers, 25 Common Terns (most of these mobbing one Herring Gull on a raft at one point), a Marsh Harrier, four Sand Martins, a House Martin, four Swallows and three Lesser Whitethroats were noted before we made our way to Dungeness Point. There we had a Black Redstart gathering food, three Common Terns at The Patch and a couple of Stonechats. Our final call at Dungeness was a stop at Springfield Bridge, where Dengemarsh offered a pair of Yellow Wagtails, the male in full voice, a Hobby carrying a Swift, two Corn Buntings and a pair of Marsh Harriers.

Yellow Wagtail at Dungeness RSPB

Black Redstart at Dungeness

We finished the day at Pett Level, where it was no less gusty and there was another Common Sandpiper, a Bearded Tit, five Common Terns, a couple of Curlew and another pair of Marsh Harriers. Five Sand Martins flew through.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Lyminster and Knepp Wildlands

I just managed to fit in my late BBS visit to the Lyminster square. Being so gusty, the conditions were far from ideal; birds included two Reed Buntings, 15 Swifts overhead, two House Martins, a Sparrowhawk and a Grey Heron.

As a birthday treat, in the afternoon I went to Knepp Wildlands with Ingrid, where we heard a Turtle Dove purring and caught a glimpse of another in flight. A Great Crested Grebe was accompanied by two young. Among the other birds noted were three Bullfinches, four Treecreepers, a Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, a House Martin, two Reed Warblers, two Buzzards, a Grey Heron and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. A newly fledged Blackcap was begging by the side of one of the paths.

Great Crested Grebes at Knepp Wildlands

fledgling Blackcap at Knepp Wildlands

Saturday, 27 June 2020


A short seawatch late afternoon produced a Curlew and six Gannets.