Saturday, 6 June 2020
Today I ventured beyond the Worthing "Uber Patch" for the first time since mid-March. I met up - at a safe distance - with Ed Stubbs at Church Norton where we spent a little while catching up at the benches before walking to the Ferry Pool and back. The tern and gull colony was bustling with its usual denizens, including Little, Common and Sandwich Terns, and noisy Mediterranean Gulls. Waders initially seemed all but absent but, while it obviously wasn't peak passage, by the time I got back to the car, a Little Ringed Plover, 22 Avocets, a Knot, two Sanderlings, a Grey Plover, 30-ish Dunlin, three Turnstones, four Ringed Plovers, 15 Lapwings, around 20 Black-tailed Godwits, five Redshanks and a good few Oystercatchers were logged. Warblers included Lesser Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, a pair of Mute Swans had six cygnets and singles of Sparrowhawk and Buzzard made brief appearances. A troop of around 10 Swifts moved overhead while a couple of Swallows skimmed lower down. A Little Grebe trilled and a few seemingly idle Great Crested Grebes loafed around the harbour.