Saturday, 20 June 2020

Goring Gap, West Worthing and The Downs

A walk around Goring Gap mid-morning was totally uneventful, though the site was busy with people. A particularly loud yaffle from a Green Woodpecker was about peak. At home, a Coal Tit was around the garden again and we noticed the Herring Gull family on our roof for the first time, with two fluffy youngsters appearing.

Herring Gulls on our roof

Ingrid and I went to check on the Shelduck brood on the downs near Lychpole Farm in the afternoon and walked a loop through No-Man's-Land and back down Titch Hill. Eight young Shelducks were still present and growing well, sharing the pool with a couple of juvenile Pied Wagtails and the occasional Linnet. Seven Corn Buntings, a Yellowhammer, a Meadow Pipit, a Raven, a couple of Moorhens on the other dewpond (including calls from a juvenile), five Buzzards, two Kestrels and four Swifts were among the other birds noted. It was a busy walk for butterflies though, with multiple Dark Green Fritillaries, Large Skippers, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns and Small Heath.

Dark Green Fritillary on the downs

young Shelducks on the pool near Lychpole Farm