Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Goring Gap, Ferring Rife and West Worthing

With a light and variable wind, it was a quiet morning offshore at the Gap, with a lone Great Crested Grebe the only bird noted. As the tide flowed, I counted the waders on the beach: 27 Sanderlings, four Dunlin, 26 Turnstones, two Grey Plovers and five Oystercatchers. 11 Mediterranean Gulls and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull were logged and a Jackdaw flew north. A Skylark and a Song Thrush were in voice, while a Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed briefly. There seemed to be a little something going on with Meadow Pipits and Pied/White Wagtails, with three and five, respectively, but no consistent directional movement.

Great Crested Grebe at Goring Gap

adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Goring Gap

Ferring Rife had two showy Water Rails, a singing male Reed Bunting (giving the unpaired version), three singing Chiffchaffs, 23 Moorhens, two Pheasants, five Skylarks, two Green Woodpeckers, a trio of Long-tailed Tits, two Song Thrushes, three Meadow Pipits, a Linnet and three Pied/White Wagtails.

Water Rail at Ferring Rife

Back at home in West Worthing, a Meadow Pipit flew over.