Sunday, 17 January 2016

17th January, 2016 Newhaven and Lewes Brooks

After early morning snow which had nearly melted by mid-day, we decided an afternoon visit firstly to Newhaven Harbour to check to see what gulls were present and then onto Lewes Brooks.

At Newhaven, a stranded Guillemot which a first-winter Greater Black-backed Gull was taking interest in which the following pictures tells the story.

Stranded Guillemot in Newhaven harbour

1stW Greater Black-backed Gull takes an interest

The Gull attacks

The Guillemot defends

The Guillemot now takes control

It now attacks the Greater-Black-backed Gull

The Greater Black-backed Gull accepts defeat.

Onto Lewes Brooks and large increase in the numbers of birds present with large numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Lapwings, Black-headed Gulls and Starlings. Also c15 Pintail and the 4 White-fronted Geese were also present. Several times all the birds took flight which was an amazing sight, but we were unable to pick out any raptors which may have been the cause.

Adult White-fronted Goose with Grey-lags