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December 2011


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21 December 2011
I arrived late morning at Beeding Brooks which is not normally the best time to see owls, but I had great views of a pair of Short-eared Owls quartering the fields. One was chasing Crows; it surprised me as it's more common to see Crows mobbing owls! There was also a large flock of Fieldfares with a few Redwings among them.

Report by Richard Pike on Sussex Ornithological Society News

15, 17, 18, 21 to 24, 26 & 27 December 2011
A pair of Snow Buntings were seen near Widewater Lagoon on nine separate dates. 

5 December 2011
I felt very privileged to be able to see the courting displays of the Red-breasted Mergansers in the morning at Widewater Lagoon.

Two Snow Buntings were seen in the same place near Widewater Lagoon.

4 December 2011
On Widewater Lagoon in the morning were four pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers cooing and billing so to speak and were marvellous to behold at such close quarters; they flew as one out to sea at about 10:00 am.

I went down to Widewater Lagoon around 2:00 pm and within a few minutes I had picked up the two very confiding, Snow Buntings on the shingle, west of Beach Hut 134 between the second set of groynes - about half way up the beach where the shingle slopes. They flew off east around 2:30 pm  but I don't think they flew too far.

Report by Leigh Prevost on Sussex Ornithological Society News

3 December 2011 
I was able to find the two Snow Buntings still on east Lancing beach 50 metres west of the pink beach huts. However in the 2-3 minutes it took to get my camera from the car they vanished and depite searching several hundred yards east and west could not relocate them. Six Red-breasted Mergansers (4 males) were on Widewater Lagoon.

2 December 2011
I had great views of two Snow Buntings feeding at high tide mark on beach by Widewater Lagoon, Lancing about midday in front of beach huts.

Flowers observed in the wild in Shoreham and the outskirts included Dandelion, Sow Thistle, Ox-eyed Daisy (one), Yarrow and Ragwort. There were plenty of Haws, but only the occasional Sloe on the thorn bushes in Old Shoreham, adjacent to the cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge. As the deciduous trees had now lost almost all of there leaves, the small birds were now more noticeable, especially Blue Tits. On the River Adur there was the  usual collection of common gulls and waders; most noticeable were the Greater Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lapwings as the tide was low and the mud flats revealed. After the rain, mushrooms were noted including some dilapidated roadside Agaricus probably Field Mushrooms.


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