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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Hope Gap, Ferring, Coldwaltham and Pulborough 17/4/10

After a long week at work i finally had the weekend off and i made the most of it today. I started off at Hope Gap and saw/heard 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler and a summer-plumaged Grey Plover on the beach. Whimbrel were heard but not seen due to the mist. Also a male Sparrowhawk showed well again.

Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Hope Gap.

Next stop was Ferring to look for the Long-tailed Duck which had been present all week. This was my first free day and withthe pager news this morning coming though positive, i headed straight there after the 'Gap' and soon had great views on what is a really hard bird to get in Sussex, especially in this plumage. Also a flock of Whimbrel flew east along with 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Sandwich Tern.

I then went to Coldwaltham Brooks after and had some very close displaying Sedge Warblers. Whilst photographing these little beauties, the distinct reeling sound of a Grasshopper Warbler was picked up in a bramble bush five meters away from me. It soon showed itself, albeit briefly but out in the open and it was a lovely bird. I waited around for a long time but there was no further sign until late evening when a short burst of reeling was heard again. Also seen/heard were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Mandarin, 2 Egyptian Geese and a Water Rail.

Sedge Warbler at Coldwaltham Brooks

A short visit to Pulborough Brooks afterwards resulted in 5 Sand Martins and a Nightingale was heard.

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