Sunday, 10 May 2020

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

The male Peregrine was vocal and showy in West Worthing early this morning.

Cycling alongside Widewater Lagoon, I saw a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and four Sandwich Terns offshore.

The Adur Estuary had a Shelduck, a Yellow Wagtail, a Whimbrel, two Oystercatchers, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, a Swift, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Cetti's Warbler, a Swallow, a Meadow Pipit, a Skylark and a Mistle Thrush.

drake Shelduck on the Adur Estuary

Between the A27 and Upper Beeding, I walked along the Adur and noted another Cetti's Warbler, two Red Kites, two Greylags, four Sedge Warblers, three Reed Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats three Little Egrets, three Swifts, four Mute Swans, 15 Mallards, six Swallows, six Skylarks, a Bullfinch and a Reed Bunting.

Sedge Warbler at Coombes

A Cuckoo, presumably the same as my last visit, was belting out its song at Upper Beeding, where there was also a male Stonechat, a Reed Bunting, four Mute Swan, a Canada Goose, six House Martins, a Little Egret, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Kestrel and four Swifts.

On the way back past the RSPB reserve in the lower estuary, I was delighted with a flock of four Common Sandpipers eventually settling on a spot to roost during the very high tide.

Common Sandpipers on the RSPB reserve at the Adur Estuary

Two Little Egrets were on the Widewater on my return home.