Thursday, 15 January 2009

Shoreham Harbour

Thursday 15th January - An afternoon high tide count between Hove Lagoon and the footbridge at Shoreham was relatively unproductive, the highlights being 26 Mute Swans on Hove Lagoon, 4 Purple Sandpipers roosting with 23 Turnstone on the inner west harbour arm at high tide, a Peregrine flying up to the power station chimney, ca. 400 Herring Gulls (mainly immatures) milling around on Southwick Beach (but nothing rarer with them), a Kingfisher posing nicely in the Lady Bee Marina and a Rock Pipit on Southwick Beach. Later at Widewater at least 12 (possibly 16) Little Grebes, 3 Teal, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, a Ringed Plover, and ca. 35 Turnstone and 2 Redshank roosting on the beach at high tide.

Wednesday 14th January - A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a pair of Stock Doves in Meadway Court were slightly unexpected birds on my morning dog walk. Also Dunnock and Greenfinch in song.

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