Thursday, 14 January 2010

Jack Snipe, birds, snowman & horses

This morning we joined Paul James for one of his guided bird walks along the Ferring Rife (above) and beach. There were three others who unlike us were knowledgeable birdies. We ticked off many species as the birds are coming to feed at the coastal areas of Sussex where the snow has disappeared. The walk lasted over two hours and was very enjoyable. Paul set up his powerful scope for us to get good views of some of the birds. The highlight was the Jack Snipe which is only seen at a few sites in Sussex.

Species seen: Jack Snipe (above), Red-throated Diver*, Great Crested Grebe*, Common Scoter*, Velvet Scoter*, Red-breasted Merganser, Coot, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Turnstone, Common Gull, Robin, Fieldfare, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Wren*, Jay, Jackdaw, Songthrush, Magpie, Blackbird, Redwing. We also heard Great Tits, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Redshank and Golden Plover.
(*I didn’t see these).

Black-headed Gull in winter plumage


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