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Hello 2022!

A fantastic day of birding in the South Downs - and nearby coastline - started at Cissbury Ring, where a Peregrine Falcon bombed around the adjacent fields.

Peregrine Falcon

Next up was Newhaven, where several Fulmars were soaring in front of the Castle Hill cliffs and a Purple Sandpiper was seeing out the tide. On the other side of the harbour a juvenile Shag was loafing with the gulls. A young Razorbill and a Guillemot were fishing around the harbour too.

The Cuckmere gull flock held a lovely adult Yellow-legged Gull, while four Barnacle Geese were feeding nearby and two Green Sandpipers flew out from one of the channels.

adult Yellow-legged Gull (centre)

Two quick stops produced memorable encounters with the Hooded Crow which is currently in residence in Polegate and the Snow Bunting near Alciston.