Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Goring Gap, Westdean Woods and Chichester GPs

An hour at Goring Gap first thing produced an eastbound Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 26 Red-throated Divers, 150 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Red-breasted Mergansers, two Gannets and 18 Grey Plovers. A Treecreeper was heard calling at the seaward end of The Plantation. A Green Woodpecker was heard too, a species which has been fairly irregular in recent weeks.

Westdean Woods offered a Raven, three Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk, a Mistle Thrush, 10 Fieldfares, four Yellowhammers, two Marsh Tits and two Reed Buntings.

Buzzard (left) and Red Kite (right)

Drayton North Pit at Chichester GPs had the Great White Egret, a Cetti's Warbler, a Kingfisher, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 136 Shovelers, two Wigeon and 17 Pochards among its occupants. A look around the main complex produced a Bar-headed Goose with 101 Greylag Geese, 143 Shovelers, 90 Pochards, a Little Egret, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail of note.

Great White Egret at Drayton Pits

Bar-headed Goose with Greylags at Chichester GPs