Monday 16 February 2015

Skylarks, Brent Geese and Stonechats

female Stonechat, Saxicola torquata
On Thursday during a visit to Arundel WWT I saw Kingfisher outside the Scrape hide and Manadarin Ducks on the pond.
On Saturday I visited West Wittering beach where I found Skylarks feeding on the grass. First I saw three, then four and finally a couple of dozen flew in. Two Stonechats were on the beach by the dunes. Thousands of Brent Geese screemed and wheeled around in the sky like a murmuration of starlings.
On Sunday I called in at Climping beach and spotted a Mediterranean Gull and a Sanderling with Oystercatchers and Turnstones. Two Stonechats displayed on bushes and fence posts. One hovered in the air several times.
Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
Great Tit, Parus major
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata

Nēnē (Hawaiian Goose), Branta sandvicensis
Trumpeter cygnet, Cygnus buccinator
the parent Trumpeter Swans
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula
West Wittering:
Bell helicopter 206L-3 Long Ranger (1989)
Brent Geese, Branta bernicla
Brent Geese
Brent Geese
Curlew, Numenius arquata

Lapwings, Vanellus vanellus
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
Skylark, Alauda arvensis

Stonechats, female and male, Saxicola torquata
Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
Climping beach:
Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull, Sanderling and Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
Oystercatcher and Sanderling
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior III
Sanderling, Calidris alba

female Stonechat, Saxicola torquata

Turnstone, Arenaria interpres

Woodpigeons, Columba palumbus
One tried to roost but the tree's owner immediately saw it off.

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