I started Christmas Eve at Newhaven Harbour where a first-winter Caspian Gull was seen for a short time on the beach before flying out to sea. As the tide came in the Great Northern Diver appeared and showed well. Afterwards I checked the Cuckmere and viewed from Harry's Bush the largest Gull flock seemed to be north of Exeat bridge, so I made my way around and through the bins I could see a third-winter Caspian Gull in the group. Despite other flocks about I couldn't find anything else.
To get away from the Gulls, I walked up to Charleston Bottom and was very pleased to see the two Hawfinches that Nick Pope found here a few weeks ago. One male showed off its conk of a bill rather well.
On Wednesday morning I was in Madrid with work and my usual area I look at produced a handful of Crested Larks, a Short-toed Treecreeper and a Hawfinch being the highlights.
On Monday with Dad we visited West Rise Marsh and found at least two Water Pipits and a good candidate for a Scandinavian Rock Pipit, and at Princes Park the Slavonian Grebe was still present.
these first two images with my proper camera but still of very bad quality.
First-winter Caspian Gull centre shot.
When I first set eyes on it I suspected some sort of hybrid influence, however
getting the scope on it a full suit of features materialised, with just the coverts
being slightly suspect, although in flight looked good.
|superb Hawfinch at Charleston Bottom|
|Charleston Bottom - the Hawfinches liking the tall trees on the left|