Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Goring Gap and West Worthing

As I parked the bike up at Goring Gap this morning I heard a Serin call. I expected it to turn out to be a flyover but I thought it was worth a quick scan through the Goldfinches and Greenfinches feeding on the greensward. Voila - there it was! A female Serin. It showed very nicely for the next 20 minutes before vanishing. A female Whinchat in the northwest corner was nice too and a yeartick (which the Serin wasn't!). A summer plumaged Dunlin came right up to me on the beach, which was another memorable encounter. Other highlights included a Fulmar, a Wheatear, two Swifts, 17 Turnstones, a Willow Warbler, a busy pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers gathering food, a Great Crested Grebe, seven Sandwich Terns, two Gannets, four Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, seven Swallows, a House Martin, five Whitethroats and two Mallards.

female Serin at Goring Gap

female Whinchat at Goring Gap
Dunlin at Goring Gap

At home later there were three Swifts overhead and a Goldcrest singing next door was a new arrival.