Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Goring and West Worthing

The first Common Sandpiper of the autumn called as it flew west along the beach early this morning and a Willow Warbler, also a season-first, called in the Plantation behind me. A walk around later revealed another in the northwest corner. A Yellow Wagtail called overhead. 21 Mediterranean Gulls included 11 westbound movers and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was mobbing a Grey Heron. 12 Little Egrets were on the beach, and five Gannets and a Sandwich Tern flew past. Additional waders comprised my first four Turnstones of the autumn, two Redshanks, four Oystercatchers, a Dunlin and a Ringed Plover. A Swallow flew east, followed by a nice fast-moving flock of eight Sand Martins which skipped over the Plantation at the end of the visit.

26 Swifts were over my West Worthing garden mid-afternoon.