Thursday, 18 January 2018

Goring and Pulborough Brooks RSPB

Nothing was moving on the sea this morning but 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe were noted. 10 Mediterranean Gulls were in the roost field, along with 295 Dunlin, 35 Ringed Plovers, five Grey Plovers, eight Turnstones and 27 Sanderlings at high tide. The lone male Stonechat was still in the northwest corner of the Gap, along with a female Blackcap. Five Skylarks were in the fields, a Kestrel hunted and a Grey Wagtail flew over.

I felt adventurous in the afternoon so ventured to Pulborough Brooks RSPB for a short while, managing distant views of the wintering Temminck's Stint, along with an Avocet, 10 Ruff, eight Dunlin, perhaps 400 Black-tailed Godwits and hordes of Pintail, Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler of note. I also logged a Water Rail, a Yellowhammer and a redpoll.