Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Goring Gap and Adur Estuary

An early morning visit to the Gap felt beautifully autumnal, though migrant numbers on land were small: one Lesser Whitethroat and three Willow Warblers, along with six Whitethroats and two Blackcaps. The beach was livelier than my last visit, mainly thanks to an increase in waders, with 21 Turnstones, two Dunlin, a Sanderling, two Oystercatchers, 17 Ringed Plovers and 12 Little Egrets. Three Gannets flew past in a quick glance offshore. Other birds included an adult Mediterranean Gull, three adult Common Gulls, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker and a Coal Tit.

I called in to the toll bridge over the Adur Estuary in the evening, seeing a Whimbrel, four Dunlin (one juvenile), 13 Ringed Plovers, nine Little Egrets, a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Mute Swans, 60 Starlings and two recently fledged Pied Wagtails attended by a parent.