Monday, 24 February 2014

February 22/23

 After a late night friday social with most of the oxfordshire birders i decided on a early morning walk round the local rspb reserve . I stayed there most of the day hoping to see the  ringtail it did show a few times but only at great distance . Walking back to the car late afternoon I bumped into Andy and Jason , after chatting for a few minutes Andy mentioned that he had a spare seat in his car going to sussex on sunday .

Sunday morning Andy,Ewan and I arrived in Littlehampton at about 9.30 we were looking for a Glaucous and kumliens gull which Andy and Ewan quickly found .

Glaucous and Kumliens fly by 

Glaucous gull © Andrew last
The gulls gave us great views and photo opportunities

Kumliens gull © Ewen urquhart

Glaucous gull © Ewen urquhart
After an hour or so we left the gulls in peace and moved on to Cuckmere haven to look for a spoonbill which we found hiding in a ditch along with two little egrets . And from there we went to New heaven to look for purple sandpiper which Ewan quickly found hiding under the pier sheltering from the wind . A quick stop at Widewater on the way home to see a male and two female red-breasted merganser brought the day to an end . A big thank you to Ewan and Andy  


Have a good week

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