Friday, 9 January 2009

Shoreham Harbour

A low tide count yesterday afternoon covering the area from Hove Lagoon to the footbridge at Shoreham (including Southwick Beach) was relatively uneventful: 27 Mute Swans, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 6 Turnstone (on the ice at Hove Lagoon), 72 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 197 Herring Gulls, 10 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Meadow Pipit and a male Stonechat (by the footbridge). The Black Redstart at Widewater eluded me yet again, even though another birder who was walking away had just seen it! All I could muster up were 2 Little Egrets, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling with 4 Dunlin, and 3 Redshank. A total of 43 Cormorants flew up the valley to roost.

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