Thursday, 13 June 2013

OMG It's an AGP

Sea watch from the concrete road 07.15-08.05: 
Manx Shearwater: 1W 
Gannet: c25W
Common Tern: c20 feeding off shore
Sandwich Tern: 15W
Swift: 56W
House Martin: 3W
Swallow: 2W
Harbour Porpoise: 1+ off shore.
 On news that the American Golden Plover was still present at Cuckmere Haven DW, AJG and myself made our way to the small pool at north end of the scrape there. There were only a handful of other birders on site including the finder Matt Eade. As can be seen from the photographs the bird performed unbelievably well. It took absolutely no notice of of several coach parties of school children that walked past within a few yards of it. Strangely the only thing that upset it a little was the rangers Land Rover. We spent several hours watching and photographing it in which time I saw and caught up with some old friends which is always great. Thanks Matt for a great find and filling the gap in my Sussex list, as I was in Yugoslavia when the 1988 Pagham bird turned up.

                       On the way home we stopped off on the downs to see some Frog Orchids.
Frog Orchid