Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Goring Gap, Ferring Rife, Kingston Gorse and West Worthing

A Yellow Wagtail flew north over Goring Gap this morning, while the beach had 23 Sanderlings (most in fine summer plumage), 26 Turnstones and five Oystercatchers. Other sightings included two Mediterranean Gulls, eight Sandwich Terns, a Sparrowhawk (a close encounter), two Swallows and five Swifts.

2cy Sparrowhawk at Goring Gap

Both a Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler were in song at Ferring Rife, along with four Reed Warblers, while two Little Egrets were on the beach. Two Reed Buntings, three Swallows, two Sparrowhawks (circling together), a Buzzard, a Grey Heron, two Swifts and six Moorhens were among the other birds noted. 14 Great Black-backed Gulls were on the beach.

male Swallow at Ferring Rife

Kingston Gorse delivered a superb Spotted Flycatcher sallying from the edge of the pond which had a pair of Moorhens with at least two young in the nest.  Four Swallows and another Buzzard were seen, while a Coal Tit was in a garden just by the beach.

Spotted Flycatcher at Kingston Gorse

Spotted Flycatcher at Kingston Gorse

Moorhens at Kingston Gorse

At home in Worthing, a Swallow flew over the garden.