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29 Mar 2017 First swallow at Manning's Heath   more...

Blackcap singing down Goldfinch close, Horsham and my first swallow of the year seen and heard over Rickfield farm, Manning's Heath today. Summer's coming!

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Geoff Hunt
29 Mar 2017 All happening in the Cuckmere   more...

Arrived home from London at 2.45 in time for Geoff Gowlett to tell me of developments in the Cuckmere. Arrived in time to see a jet-lagged John King watching the Black-winged Stilt. Then John De Vito (who I understand found it) took us further along the riverside track where we saw the Cattle Egret (it was last seen in the field just north of Exceat Bridge at 6.30 to the east of the river). Having seen both of these birds for a good long look, Malcolm Freeman and Malcolm Phillips from Kent (both best described as migration period transients to Sussex) came back to tell me they had found what they thought was a Glaucous Gull among the gull flock. And sure enough it was, a very small but definite specimen which vaguely resembled Matt Eade's small one seen earlier in the year. My confirmation of the identification was then further endorsed by Chris Ball. Then finally, just as I was leaving, a probable Caspian Gull put in a brief appearance - not a classic time but a very good contender - but as there is no photograph it is not a problem I need worry about. Before I knew what was happening I realized that this was another 4 hours I will never have again. (Malcolms Freeman and Phillips, John De Vito, Chris Ball, Alan Harris and Uncle Tom Cobley and all - apologies for anyone left out.).

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Bob Self
25 Mar 2017 Little Egret near Little Common, Bexhill

By the big (fenced off) pond in Broadoak Park, close by the football pitches. About 50 metres away. A few minutes later in a field with several ponies close by. Tried to get a bit closer was maybe 100 metres away then to take a picture but it took off. My bright Orange dog-walking coat didn't help! A couple of quite secluded little streams/ditches including Picknill Green Stream leading to Pevensey Marsh nearby will give good cover.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Dave Nattress
29 Mar 2017 Black-winged Stilt   more...

I went to see the Black-winged Stilt this afternoon in the Cuckmere Valley - thanks for putting the news out. (Record picture attached).

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Phillip Wells
29 Mar 2017 Goring Gap

Brent Goose 78E, Sandwich Tern 3E. On the sea: Red-breasted Merganser 12, Great Crested Grebe 1. On the beach: Sanderling 7, Oystercatcher 2, Turnstone 6, Little Egret 1.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Stephen Simpson
29 Mar 2017 First swallows   more...

Three swallows flying low over River Lavant, by water treatment plant.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Robert and carolyn ash
29 Mar 2017 Shoreham Harbour   more...

At 15.00 one Purple Sandpiper up close (pic attached).

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Alan Kitson
29 Mar 2017 Weir Wood

Brief visit in the drizzle mid afternoon found 25 Sand Martins and a single Swallow hawking low over the water, at West End.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Alastair Gray

10.45 this morning - a single male Black-winged Stilt dropped into 'winter pond' on East Side of Cuckmere, disturbing two Shelduck and remained there feeding for about five minutes.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Alan Snelling
29 Mar 2017 Pulborough Brooks RSPB   more...

This morning, many a nuthatch was calling or singing and the one in the picture was adapting the entrance to a nestbox, chiffchaffs too all over the place and two blackcaps. Over the North Brooks four sand martins and a lone swallow before the weather brightened when they all moved off. A thrill at Winpenny to hear the singing in Sussex still of redshank and curlew was heard and two were seen from West Mead. Two pairs of pintail still at West Mead and lots of teal, wigeon and shoveler and pairs of shelduck even inspecting rabbit holes, a pair of lesser black-backed gulls and an adult great black-backed gull, all three at one time harassing a buzzard.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Alan Kitson
28 Mar 2017 Red Kite   more...

Red kite above A26 in Five Ash Down, watched from Cobdown Lane by then in the company of a common buzzard.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Alan Nottage and Sue Phillips
28 Mar 2017 Red Kite over Horsham

Red Kite drifting north being mobbed by gulls and crows. 

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Robert Hardwick
28 Mar 2017 Osprey

Saw an Osprey standing on a post inbetween Wilmington and Polegate (A27)..

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Barry Petty
28 Mar 2017 Red Kites   more...

Mary and I walked over to Rackham and back via the Parham Estate. We saw 13 Common Buzzards and on the way back had an adult Red Kite foraging near to Parham House. Then there was another Kite foraging over Storrington itself. As with the pair I mentioned a few days ago it was at roof-top height. It was only the briefest of views and I was unable to age the bird.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by martin kalaher
28 Mar 2017 Red Kite close to home   more...

Great but brief view of a Red Kite wafting overhead at Pannel Valley (just at the back of Pett Level) at about 4.15pm heading roughly north west towards Icklesham.

Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by John Trowell
28 Mar 2017 Pulborough Brooks   more...

Arrived with the mist just clearing into a fabulous sunny morning- shame it didn’t last. Chiffchaffs were everywhere often involved in a fluttering duel. At the bottom of the zigzag a pair of Treecreepers were inspecting every nook and cranny working horizontally underneath a fence rail and towards Nettleys a male Bullfinch was sitting perfectly illuminated by the sunshine -what a stunner. Still plenty of ducks present on the Brooks, including Wigeon, Pintail and lots of argumentative Shelduck and Shoveler. A Snipe put in a brief appearance but quickly disappeared into the reeds. Two Reed Buntings sung in the sunshine and a Blackcap was singing by the picnic site – great my first of the year. At the Hanger another blackcap was singing, and I managed to pick up the Little-ringed Plovers (cheers Nick). Chiffchaffs were at head height either side of the Hanger trying to deafen us, and overhead two Red Kites and several Buzzards drifted past. On the flood at least eight Little Egrets daintily picked their way from pool to pool. A Willow Warbler (another year first) was singing amongst the blackthorn flowers near Winpenny hide and just for the contrast, a Raven cronked its way overhead. A brief look in West Mead found the reported Common Snipe and a Redshank called from somewhere out on the south brooks.

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Gary Trew
28 Mar 2017 Osprey   more...

An Osprey drifted over my Rusper garden at 5.30pm, heading north.

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Matt Farmer
28 Mar 2017 Weir Wood

First singing Blackcap of the Spring. Two adult Med Gulls flew west. Earlier at least one Red Kite with wing tag was seen going east, later 4 Sand Martins were reported at the west end at 6pm.

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Alastair Gray
28 Mar 2017 West Sussex

Not the best day to have chosen to abandon the fleshpots of Seaford for the charm and allure of West Sussex although I am extremely grateful to Simon Linington for drawing my attention at an early stage to my catastrophic mistake. West Sussex however did provide a very pleasant day, the highlights of which were a breeding pair of Marsh Tit at Rackham; at Selsey it would be fair to say that the pace was somewhat less frenetic than at Splash Point but a d/p Arctic Skua and one Great Northern Diver just offshore were welcome additions. Church Norton on a rising tide was notable mainly for 2 Firecrests in the churchyard and the Ferry Pool at Sidlesham held 2 Little Ringed Plover. On to Lavington Common where a pair of Crossbill and a Peregrine put in several appearances to round off the day. (Chris Brown, Bob Self, Katie Hoff).

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Bob Self
28 Mar 2017 Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret is still present in the Cuckmere Valley in fields just north of Charleston Reedbed.

Posted on 28 Mar 2017 by Jamie Wilkinson
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