|view from Heyshott escarpment|
On Monday 9 December Terry joined me on a trip to The Burgh near Burpham to see the Short-eared Owls. Unfortunately the owls have been moving around the area and we did not see any during a long walk. Other birders we met had no success either. We did see two Red Kites, a covey of Grey Partridges and a large flock of Linnets which skittishly moved around the hedgerows.
On Thursday 11th I joined Garry and 4 Murray Downland Trust volunteers at Heyshott escarpment for more clearance work. The smoke made us feel like Sussex Kippers. A Red Kite soared overhead. Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT. The Kingfisher performed, Long-tailed Tits visited, a Water Rail showed opposite the Ramsar hide and starlings murmurated.
Yesterday we did Sue’s favourite walk to the pier and enjoyed the seas crashing against the beach and a lone surfer braved the cold water.
|Littlehampton sunrise December 6|
|view from The Burgh|
|Linnets, Carduelis cannabina|
|Red Kite, Milvus milvus|
|Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus|
|Grey Partridges, Perdix perdix|
|This Chinook flew directly over Arundel WWT|
|Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis|
|Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus|
|Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus|
|Conifer Tuft, Hypholoma capnoides|
|Starling murmuration, Sturnus vulgaris|