however, that of course assumes you are lucky enough to be out birding: sadly, after fighting a domestic rearguard action for a year or more, the dreaded D-word has come to pass - yes it's Decorating time for me - whoopee, just hoping it will all be over by spring!!(OM)
Selsey: Park Farm - A strong icy wind blowing across the open fields. No sign of the Green Sandpiper, probably because the reservoir was still frozen, although the Grey Wagtail was commuting between ditches along with two Pied Wagtails. A Sparrowhawk was present and a Grey Partridge was at the field edge in the company of a Red-legged Partridge, and the resident family of roe deer were keeping well out of the wind (SR).
Thursday, 5th February: Another very cold day, with wintry showers, cloud with some brightness and a brisk N/NE wind, again with high wind chill.
Selsey Bill: A quick look from Hillfield Road suggested not much going on offshore, but a handsome Fox was out for a stroll along the beach! (AH)
Selsey: A Green Woodpecker flew across the road in front of my car close to Rectory Lane (SR)
Medmerry: Easton Road car park to Bracklesham - A bracing bike ride. The two Spoonbills were still there, one feeding and one sleeping. Eleven Reed Buntings, 1 Yellowhammer, 30+ Goldfinches, 27 Skylarks (some singing), c500 Brent Geese, c200 Wigeon, c200 Teal. On the 'Stilt' pool: 1 Red-Breasted Merganser (female), 1 pair of Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, a Pied Wagtail, and good numbers of Teal and Wigeon.(SR)
Along Easton Lane - 2 Buzzards, 18 Fieldfares, 13 Long-tailed Tits.(SR).
Readers are urged to object to these proposals by writing/contacting Chichester District Council - and time is of the essence as deadlines for objection are approaching. Local resident and objector Christine Hayman has commented' Councillors are appointed (and more importantly reappointed) by local people so the greater the groundswell of objection, the more likely it is they will latch on to any point they can as breaching the Government's National Policy Framework or the Local Plans created by CDC etc. The CDC Planning Officer will guide them towards whether the planning framework or rules are in breach or not, but there is usually some degree of subjectivity so the more ammunition which is recorded as a matter of public record, the better chance we have of gaining support from the Council members.'You can bet these plans won't be only ones, so do what you can. What price nature? (OM).
(below three) Shovelers at Drayton Pits (OM)