Saturday, 13 December 2014

Kites, Partridges and a walk along the sea front

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
The Burgh:
view from The Burgh
Linnets, Carduelis cannabina
Red Kite, Milvus milvus
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Grey Partridges, Perdix perdix
Grey Partridges

Arundel WWT:
Littlehampton sunrise
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

Beach walk:

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