Monday, 23 December 2019

Cissbury Ring and Goring Gap

Ringing with Val and Pete today saw us catch three Redwings, a few Bullfinches, a retrap Firecrest and a small number of Goldcrests. I finally saw a local Woodcock when we flushed one near one of the nets. Other highlights included a Reed Bunting, a Raven, two Meadow Pipits, a Fieldfare (Pete had a flock of 12 over), a male Tawny Owl hooting first thing, and three Kestrels, including superb views of a hunting pair at the top when we had a brief, unsuccessful search for the Great Grey Shrike after packing up.

adult male Kestrel at Cissbury Ring

adult Redwing at Cissbury Ring

A very brief look at Goring Gap on the way home led to me at last connecting with a Red-legged Partridge there. An adult Mediterranean Gull was present among the gulls, mainly Commons, which were present in reasonable numbers, but I didn't have time to count the latter. At least seven Skylarks and six Pied Wagtails were present.

Red-legged Partridge at Goring Gap