Saturday, 17 January 2015

Brent Geese and Curlews

Curlew, Numenius arquata
On Wednesday I joined Sussex Butterfly Conservation members Neil, Garry and Nigel and Murray Downland Trust members at Heyshott Escarpment. We enjoyed the smoke and toil on a steep slope to create more Duke of Burgundy habitat. On our way down we were delighted to see tiny primroses and one flower emerging on previously cleared ground. Afterwards I walked along the River Arun at Warningcamp and saw a pair of Canada Geese.

On Friday morning Sue and I visited West Wittering and watched hundreds of Brent Geese grazing on the field by the car park. Oystercatchers were mixed in with them. We then walked along the path by the dunes and saw a couple of Curlews, a Stonechat, some Shelduck and a Redshank. On the beach Lapwings and Oystercatchers were feeding. On the way back we stopped to look at the view from Itchenor Sailing Club. In the afternoon I walked along Littlehampton beach where Oystercatchers and Sanderlings were feeding.
Heyshott escarpment:

Primrose, Primula vulgaris
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
Brent Goose, Branta bernicla

Brent Geese, Branta bernicla
Curlew, Numenius arquata
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
and Black-headed Gull
Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
West Wittering beach

dune walk by West Wittering beach
Brent Goose in flight, Branta bernicla
Chloe, a lovely dog enjoying the beach
Lapwings, Vanellus vanellus
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
Oystercatchers, Haematopus ostralegus
Redshank, Tringa totanus
Itchenor Sailing Club
Littlehampton beach:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus
Oystercatcher carrying a mollusc
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus

Sanderling, Calidris alba

Littlehampton beach huts:

East Beach Cafe

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