Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Widewater Lagoon, Adur Estuary, Brooklands Park, Pagham Harbour and Worthing

As I cycled past Widewater, four Little Egrets included three juveniles, while a pair of Mute Swans had a youngster.

Little Egret at Widewater Lagoon

The Adur Estuary was a bit of a fail as the footpath on the west side was closed. A Whimbrel, four Oystercatchers, a Sparrowhawk and three Little Egrets were the sole highlights before I bailed out to go elsewhere.

Cycling back home late morning, I saw a fair few gulls were on the lake at Brooklands so stopped, thinking surely today I'd find a juvenile Yellow-leg. Alas, no. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls was as good as it got. A Grey Heron and two Reed Warblers were around the edge of the lake.

I stopped on Worthing beach, where another Little Egret flew past.

Then it was Pagham Harbour. Busy scenes at Church Norton included one sought-after Roseate Tern - a new county bird for me - along with 40 Little Terns and over 100 Sandwich Terns but only a small handful of Common Terns. 40 or so Mediterranean Gulls included a juvenile, while waders comprised two Common Sandpipers, 85 Dunlin, four Whimbrel, a few Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, and about 20 each of Curlew and Redshank.

adult Roseate Tern at Pagham Harbour

At the North Wall, Phil and I had a Spotted Redshank just moulting out of summer dress, as well as around 60 Black-tailed Godwits, a couple more Common Terns, seven Teal, another Whimbrel, a few Lapwings and a couple of Sedge and Reed Warblers.

Spotted Redshank at Pagham Harbour

Black-tailed Godwit at Pagham Harbour

Common Tern at Pagham Harbour

In the evening, the adult female Peregrine was back along my road in Worthing.