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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Goring Gap and Ferring Rife

A flock of 80 Dark-bellied Brent Geese moved east high over the sea this morning and Mediterranean Gull numbers rose to 17 birds, including five 2CYs and three 3CYs. Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 95 Common Gulls also dropped into the roost field. The territorial male Reed Bunting was in voice again and a Meadow Pipit was present. On the beach were 58 Sanderlings but just 12 Grey Plovers, three Turnstones and six Dunlin. Five Great Crested Grebes were on the sea.

Ferring Rife had a female Sparrowhawk, a singing Goldcrest, a Little Egret, a flyover Rook, 14 Moorhens and a Green Woodpecker. Two Jays were paired up and a Magpie gathered nesting material.
 
Starling at Ferring Rife

While stopping off briefly in Goring late morning, a Grey Wagtail flew over.