24 April 2013. Low tide visit to the Adur produced nothing of note.
25 April 2013. Nightingale and Grasshopper Warbler seen at Greatham in a half-hour stop on the way to do a Woodcock survey. Also Water Rail, Cuckoo and Cetti's Warbler heard. Later 75 minutes at a point near Graffham failed to produced the hoped for Woodcock with distant Cuckoo ad Tawny Owls heard.
|Grasshopper Warbler at Greatham|
|digiscoped at great distance|
|and with minimum disturbance|
|Grasshopper Warbler by the Adur, digiscoped in poor light|
|Barn Owl by the Adur, digiscoped in poor light|
27 April 2013. Seawatched 06:20-07:20 at Seaford with John King but little was moving. This was no surprise given wind direction and clarity. We saw just 2 distant divers, 2 Teal, 45 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua and 7 Sandwich Terns. We went on to Beachy seeing the Tawny Owls, 3 Yellow Wagtails and Lesser Whitethroat. No slow-worms on the allotment.
|Tawny Owl at Beachy. Digiscoped with a £60 16 megapix Nikon Coolpix L27. Very impressive results if nothing fancy is required, and uses AA batteries.|
|Tawny Owls at Beachy. Digiscoped with my normal Olympus 1040. Only 10 megapix but more versatile even if it does quickly wear out rechargable batteries|
28 April 2013. John King and I tried Seaford again almost by default as prospects were again poor. I got diverted in Peacehaven and arrived a few minutes later than planned although this only meant that I missed the 'bird' of the day, 4 drake Eider, by 8 minutes rather than 5. Things didn't improve much with a watch from 06:25-10:25 producing 5 Red-throated Divers, 29 Gannets, Brent Goose (west), 98 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Artcic Skuas (pale & dark), distant Great Skua, 14 Sandwich Tern, 29 Commic Tern (one considered to be Arctic) and a singing Rock Pipit. Later walking around Mill Hill with Megan was very quiet.