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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Highdown, Cissbury Ring, Brooklands Pleasure Park and West Worthing

After a busy weekend working at Birdfair, it took a little while for me to get out this morning. My first port of call was Highdown, where I managed to cover a small part of the site before the heavens opened. The highlight was my first - and long overdue - Whinchat of the year! Two Sand Martins, seven Swallows and a Swift flew through. Other birds included singles of Kestrel, Green Woodpecker and Nuthatch, along with four Skylarks, three Whitethroats and six Blackcaps.

Whinchat at Highdown

The visit to Cissbury Ring paid off with a scattering of half-a-dozen vocal Redstarts, mostly females but including one well-marked male, as well as two heard fly-over Tree Pipits, two Stonechats, a Willow Warbler, a Swallow, four Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, a Yellowhammer, two Buzzards and three Kestrels among the other species logged.

female Redstart at Cissbury Ring

A reasonable number of large gulls were gathered at Brooklands Pleasure Park in the late afternoon, including two showy juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls (an adult and a juvenile). The Mute Swan family and a Grey Heron were the best of the other birds seen.


juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park (bird 1)

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Brooklands Pleasure Park (bird 2)

At home in West Worthing, a Swift flew over the garden.