Monday 18 May 2020

Widewater Lagoon, Adur Estuary and river up to Botolphs

Cycling through Widewater was quiet, with just four Sandwich Terns offshore, a singing Whitethroat and a lone 2cy Mute Swans during my brief stop there.

It was a beautifully calm morning at the Adur Estuary, where I had a Common Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers, two Mute Swans, two Little Egrets, a Sparrowhawk, a Cetti's Warbler, a Swallow and a Reed Warbler.

I continued walking along the Adur beyond the A27 bridge to the Botolphs bridge and returned on the other bank. A lot of birds were singing along this stretch this morning, including a Cuckoo (my first one seen this year), eight Sedge Warblers, two Cetti's Warblers, seven Reed Warblers, nine Reed Buntings, a Lesser Whitethroat, nine Whitethroats, seven Skylarks and four Chiffchaffs. 13 House Martins were busy over the river opposite Lancing College and I had six Swallows. A Yellow Wagtail flew north - there seems to have been a late mini-pulse of these. Other birds included a Peregrine, a Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Grey Wagtail, four Swifts and a Red Kite.

male Cuckoo at Coombes

Reed Warbler at Coombes

Common Sandpiper by the brickworks

Mallard brood by the brickworks