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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Goring and West Worthing

Lately some mornings have offered plenty of Mediterranean Gulls and other days the species have been in curiously short supply. This was a good morning, with 58 birds noted during my visit, including some active movers, mainly in a westerly direction (where some Black-headed Gulls were heading too). Two Willow Warblers were in the bushes and a Grey Wagtail flew west; a Pied Wagtail also flew over. Swifts and hirundines trickled through in small numbers, with 18 Swifts, five Sand Martins and 21 Swallows migrating across the fields. Singles adults of Lesser Black-backed and Common Gull were seen, and the beach held a Whimbrel, a Redshank, seven Oystercatchers and 11 Little Egrets.

At home in West Worthing, 12 Mediterranean Gulls flew over in the evening - just my second record here and possibly birds coming inland for flying ants? Also five Swifts still, and a couple of Long-tailed Tits were relatively unusual visitors.

Willow Warbler - autumn is here!