Thursday, 25 July 2019

Goring Gap, Adur Estuary, Botolphs, Coombes and Brooklands Pleasure Park

A partial walk of Goring Gap this morning produced a juvenile Sedge Warbler, a Grey Wagtail, five Swallows, a Ringed Plover, three Swifts, a Coal Tit, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Turnstones, a Sandwich Tern, four Skylarks, a Blackcap and two Whitethroats.

My next stop was the Adur Estuary, where from the toll bridge I at last located a couple of waders: a Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin. Two adult Mediterranean Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, five Swallows, seven House Martins, a Little Egret, 12 Mute Swans, a Pied Wagtail and a Linnet were also logged.

I was curious to check out a couple of spots further upriver. Botolphs had little other than two Treecreepers, a Little Egret, a Buzzard, two Song Thrushes and singles of Mute Swan, Whitethroat, Skylark, Pied Wagtail and Green Woodpecker, but I made a mental note that the surrounding paddocks looked promising.

The Adur itself once again looked very appealing at Coombes, where four Grey Herons, a Little Egret and good numbers of gulls were gathered on the mud. An adult Peregrine was training a youngster up above and 20 House Martins were visible on Lancing College, with some visiting the river with a Swallow. Three Swifts and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were also noted.

adult male Peregrine over Coombes

Brooklands Pleasure Park had a reasonable number of gulls, with three juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls in the ranks, along with a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A Common Sandpiper showed well on the main island, a House Martin flew over and two Goldcrests were along the stream. Three Cormorants and the usual family of Mute Swans were present too.

Common Sandpiper at Brooklands Pleasure Park

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park