Cheers Mark, will post back here if I see it this morning!
Had a few days off work and came down to Sussex and got a lot of birding in:
Thursday morning - got up early and walked along the beach between Littlehampton and Middleton, seeing eight common terns - my first terns I could ID myself. Previous terns seen had been at reserves where they had been IDed for me by the wardens. It helped this time that some of them were sitting on a groyne and I was able to get quite close to them.
Loads of gulls there, mostly herring gulls (still find it hard to believe they are on the red list now), and away from the beach a good number of whitethroats.
Also saw a flock of about 18 dunlins towards Middleton - a lifer for me.
And Alan Titchmarsh was down on the beach filming. He seemed to be talking about something lying on the beach. And they also filmed the terns on the groyne I was looking at.
Friday daytime - I was in walking mode more than birding mode, but walked along the Chichester Canal from the city down to the marina, and saw my first kingfisher of the year. Near the marina, saw a raptor which I was not able to ID, but think it was a harrier of some sort. I think there's a nest in the area as I think I heard young.
Friday evening - over West Beach at Littlehampton where I got first a fantastic view of a reed warbler in the bush in front of me, then 20yds down the path I had a sedge warbler hopping about the bushes no more than five yards in front of me for best part of two minutes - got a fantastic view of him. Also saw the usual loads of meadow pipits and herring gulls and black headed gulls.
Sunday - walked with the girlfriend in the Burton Mill Pond, again mostly walking but while sitting in a beautiful meadow having a picnic a buzzard flew over us and we got great views of it. Great to see them in my home county - when I was a kid you had to go to the West Country or Wales or Scotland to see them.
Also heard a couple of willow warblers - still to see one myself, so a bit frustrating!
Be aware that the car park gates are closing at 8pm. If you want to stay into the evening, park on the main road.
Jusr seen on Birdguides that there's a reported Barred Warbler, Common Rosefinch and a Wryneck, all in Sheepcote Valley. It looks like the Wryneck, at least, is for real. Anybody know just where this is likely to be? Reports say 'at the north end' - is this on the golf course? I really don't know that bit of the area at all.
I was on the train from Gatwick to Eastbourne on Tuesday and between Polegate and Hampden Park (I think) there's a large pool. To the south of the pool there was a large (ie Grey Heron sized), all white, long legged bird - either a Great Egret or a Spoonbill, it was too distant for me to get much more. Did any locals know about this bird? On the way back yesterday I didn't see it.