Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Goring and West Worthing

A nice day with Nick B and Gareth J I've been hoping for a Slavonian Grebe on the sea and scanning hard so it was a delight to finally clock one distantly offshore this morning. 54 Red-breasted Mergansers, 32 Great Crested Grebes and a Kittiwake were also offshore and nine Sandwich Terns were around. I saw my first two Wheatears of the year - both males, one a new arrival on the beach and the other has apparently been around. Seven Mediterranean Gulls (including single 2CY and 3CY) were in the fields. Waders included eight Oystercatchers, 20 Turnstones, a Ringed Plover, four Dunlin, nine Grey Plovers and 22 Sanderlings. Two Meadow Pipits, four Skylarks,  a Redwing, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk were also logged. Later in the day, while tidying up at our West Worthing home I heard a Firecrest peeping away in the garden and eventually got nice views and it flicked around in an overhanging tree!

Sandwich Terns at Goring Gap

2CY Buzzard over Goring Gap

Mediterranean Gulls (3CY and 2 adults) with Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gull at Goring Gap