On Sunday I walked the field below Tideway School, Newhaven where in past winters has seen a good congregation of Buntings and Finches, and today thankfully saw no different, with the following totals seen:
Corn Bunting - 70
Linnet - 50
Skylark - 60
Reed Bunting - 5
Also there were up to 20 Fulmars flying around the cliffs.
A couple of seawatches has also been desperate, with the following seen on Monday in an hour:
Brent Geese - 80
Red-throated Diver - 4
Razorbill - 6
Gannet - 15
Wigeon - 3
Kittiwake - 45
Also on Monday I couldn't find the Crane in the Cuckmere that was seen the day before, though Grey Heron may have been the answer here, and despite a couple of very large groups of Gulls, I could only find an adult Yellow-legged Gull. The Gull roost at Arlington was also pointless.
I'm off to Thailand on Monday for three weeks with Ian & Jake where hopefully daily postings (without photos until I get back) will be able to appear. All the optics are packed so that's it until next week.
|a distant third-winter Caspian Gull on Newhaven West Arm|
another look at one of these next week will be very much appreciated.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Pak Thale, Thailand in Dec. 2013 along
with Red-necked Stints and Lesser Sand Plovers.