Lade - 0700hrs - cool, sunny, w 2 - The day commenced with a stunning Firecrest (aren`t they always) in the garden fir trees along with several Great and Blue Tits. Overhead a trickle of Goldfinches, Skylarks and Mipits, plus several Redwings in the scrub beside south pit, where all the usual wildfowl were present.
Arundel Park - We headed west this morning into Sussex to check out sites for articles. First stop a parkland type site complete with ornamental lake and mixed woodland. All the expected birds encountered plus 5 Crossbills over calling and 2 Siskins.
Bosham - Part of the Chichester Harbour complex with acres of tidal creeks and mudflats full of birds. With the tide out there was plenty of wader habitat along the muddy inlets including 120 Blackwit, 50 Redshank, 30 Dunlin, 30 Curlew, 20 Turnstone, 10 Barwit and 2 Greenshank. Eventually we tracked down some Brents (50), north of the church in Colner Creek, along with 10 Shelduck and 5 Little Egret.