Saturday, 28 April 2018

Canons Farm, South Nutfield and Goring

I stayed at my parents' in Belmont and visited Canons again this morning, highlights being 10 Wheatears in Tart's Field and a Willow Warbler in the farmyard. Driving south along the M23 back to the coast, a Raven flew over the same stretch of motorway near South Nutfield where I saw a displaying Lapwing on 25th. A whizz around Goring Gap early afternoon before work revealed a little arrival of both of these species there, with seven each. My first patch House Martin flew west and five Swallows were noted, along with a couple of Whitethroats. 40 Turnstones and four Sanderlings were on the beach, some of both species coming into fine summer plumage. A couple of Great Crested Grebes were on the sea, a Mallard and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew over.

male Wheatear at Canons Farm

Willow Warbler at Goring Gap

female Wheatear at Goring Gap