Saturday, 25 January 2020

Goring Gap, West Worthing, Brooklands Park and Newhaven

Goring Gap was quiet early this morning, with 12 Red-breasted Mergansers offshore and a Redshank on the beach just about the only things worth mentioning.

When at home briefly mid-morning, three Mute Swans flew over our West Worthing garden, then from the car we saw the drake Pochard on the lake at Brooklands Park when at the traffic lights.

I dropped Ingrid off in Brighton for an appointment and killed the time before picking her up with a trip to Newhaven West Beach. There I enjoyed spectacular views of some 24 Fulmars on and around the cliffs, and rafting on the sea just offshore. Eight Purple Sandpipers and seven Turnstones were visible at long range on the east arm and a Great Crested Grebe was on the sea. A Rock Pipit was busy around the car park and a Sparrowhawk flew along the clifftop.

Fulmar at Newhaven

Rock Pipit at Newhaven