Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Goring Gap, Adur Estuary, Shoreham Harbour and Brooklands Park

Starting at Goring Gap was very uneventful, with visibility at sea limiting observations to a sole Red-breasted Merganser and two Great Crested Grebes, though a short walk produced the two male Reed Buntings, a Redwing, a Green Woodpecker and a Song Thrush.

A look from the bridge at the Adur Estuary produced four Redshanks, a Curlew, 11 Lapwings, a Rock Pipit, a Meadow Pipit and two Little Grebes. At Shoreham Harbour, I enjoyed watching the showy male Black Redstart flitting around the fort, where there were two Meadow Pipits, and a glance offshore revealed good numbers of Razorbills and Guillemots flying by, along with a Kittiwake and a few Gannets.

adult male Black Redstart at Shoreham Harbour

Brooklands Park had a Firecrest, six Goldcrests, a Little Grebe, a drake Pochard, seven Teal, two Grey Herons and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Returning to the Gap briefly around midday, the roost field contained 66 Grey Plovers, 19 Ringed Plovers, 136 Dunlin, nine Sanderlings and two adult Mediterranean Gulls.