Sunday, 27 May 2018

Goring, Knepp and Belmont

I spent a couple of hours at the Gap this morning, the most notable observation being a Yellow Wagtail calling as it headed north - a rather late individual but incredibly my first of the year on the patch! A Curlew, three House Martins, three Swallows, five Swifts, five Common Scoters, four Shelducks, 55 Gannets, three Black-headed Gulls and two Sandwich Terns were also noted.

Later in the morning I met up with Linda M for a walk around the Knepp Estate. The humidity was a little draining and our birding ended up being a little half-arsed but we heard a couple of singing Cuckoos, a Red Kite flew over and 11 Buzzards were counted. A couple of Garden Warblers and Treecreepers were in song, as was a Reed Warbler in seemingly suboptimal habitat but I've no idea whether they breed here or this is another randomly placed late migrant. A Mistle Thrush and a nest-building pair of Great Crested Grebes were also logged.

Sitting in the pub garden next to my parents' in the evening, a Grey Heron flew over and six Swifts were milling around. It turns out that Phil W had the heron over his garden a couple of minutes earlier