Thursday, 7 May 2020

Highdown, Goring Gap and The Downs

Highlights at Highdown included my first Hobby of the year, two singing Garden Warblers, with a Lesser Whitethroat and, more unusually, a Reed Warbler, also in voice, as well as a Lapwing touring overhead, a pair of Grey Partridges out on the main section, a Grey Heron, a Reed Bunting, two Mallards, a Kestrel, seven Swifts, a Canada Goose, five Swallows, 14 Whitethroats, seven Blackcaps, a Treecreeper, a Bullfinch and three Yellowhammers.

A short visit to Goring Gap was disappointing, with 18 Common Scoters, three Great Crested Grebes, five Sandwich Terns, three Gannets and a Swallow.

An evening tour of the downs near No-Man's-Land with Gareth produced a male and two female Wheatears, a singing Stonechat, two Tawny Owls, a Moorhen, and a migrating Whimbrel in the dark.

male Linnet at Highdown