Friday 1 May 2020

Brooklands Park, Widewater Lagoon, Adur Estuary, Upper Adur, Upper Beeding and West Worthing

In a quick look offshore at Brooklands I saw only a Gannet and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Around the park itself it was pleasing to see the family of Mute Swans first reported the other day, with all seven 'ugly ducklings' present and correct and looking adorable. There was also a family of Coots with five young. One of these was picked on a few times by the male but was later seen being fed. Hopefully they'll cope! Singles of Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow were hawking the duck-feeding area and I found a female Blackbird in the final stages of nest-building. Other sightings included two Mallard broods (five and 10), a Grey Heron, two Cetti's Warblers, two Willow Warblers and three Reed Warblers.

Mute Swan family at Brooklands Park

Coot family at Brooklands Park

At Widewater Lagoon the long-staying Whimbrel was still showing well and I heard a Dunlin. Two Little Egrets and two Mute Swans - including a 2cy - were also seen.

Whimbrel at Widewater Lagoon

The lower Adur Estuary offered five Whimbrel, 12 Turnstones, six Oystercatchers, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Skylark and a Whitethroat.

Whimbrel on the Adur Estuary

Along the stretch of the Adur between the A27 bridge and Botolphs I logged five Swifts, nnother Whimbrel, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, three House Martins, 11 Whitethroats, a Reed Bunting, two Grey Herons, 11 Mallards, a Canada Goose, two Little Egrets, two Buzzards, six Swallows, three House Martins and six Skylarks.

Whimbrel on the upper Adur

At Upper Beeding I heard a Cuckoo by the flood relief pool, where there were nine Greylags (four of which were young goslings), two Canada Geese, two Moorhens, a Mute Swan and three Mallards. A House Martin and a Kestrel were over the meadow on the south side of the village, where there was a singing Reed Bunting.