I was sad to hear of Ron’s passing; I know he had been frail for a while, I think I last saw him at the Elegant Tern at Church Norton when he was using a walker, but still as mustard keen as ever, and being driven by Simon. One of my first memories of Ron was at the Ferry many years ago when some rarity turned up along the footpath to Norton - he was full of jokes, smiles and laughter. He was accompanied by his faithful dog “ Dodge.“ Dodge always had a small pair of binoculars around his neck, and Ron kept his list. I suspect that Dodge had a far greater list than I did, but Ron’s list was stratospheric. Such a lovely man, mind you... remember that trip with him driving us to Stodmarsh to see Slender-billed Gull, phew that was a trip ! (CRJ)
Pagham Hbr North Fields: A single (and very confiding) Cattle Egret was present on the North Fields this afternoon. (TG-P)
Ferry Pool: A Green Sandpiper was at the back of the pool and three Curlews were on the field, but otherwise it was the usual suspects, including c300 Wigeon, c50 Lapwings, c30 Shoveler, c30 Teal and four Shelducks. (AH)
The banks and adjacent stubble field at Ham were full of birds, with at least three singing Corn Buntings (at one point in a row along the fence), a couple of Yellowhammers, c300 Linnets, c100 Goldfinches and Meadow Pipits and c50 Skylarks, with similar numbers of the latter out over the reserve.
Chi GPs - Drayton Pits: The Great White Egret was again present on the south pit, viewable from the gateway beside the road. (GW)
Sunday, 27th January: A mixture of cloud and sunny spells after some overnight rain, with a fairly strong north-westerly wind making it feel decidedly chilly throughout......
He became less frequent in his appearances in latter years, though I would occasionally bump into him at other places, and quite by chance, I met him up at West Dean Woods, looking for Hawfinches early in this month. We had a pleasant catch-up chat and eventually said our goodbyes when he had to return home. Little did I realise it would be our final goodbye and he passed away barely a week later. I didn't know Mike's family, but offer my deepest sympathy to them. Rest in peace my friend. (OM)
Later on, up to 220 Golden Plovers were among the Lapwings on the field. (R Porter)
On New Lake there were good numbers of Shoveler with at least 170 there along with a scattering of Tufted Ducks & Gadwall. (BI)