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22 Oct 2016 Shelduck return to Arundel WWT   more...

Pleasant seven hours yielded 67 bird species. Shelducks have returned in force. Two Blackcaps and at least two Chiffchaffs (one singing). While watching three Lesser Redpolls feeding on Alder, two Siskin flew over at canopy height. A male and female Bullfinch getting stuck into Nettle seeds. A Pied Wagtail briefly pursued an adult Black-headed Gull in flight, dive bombing it. Contented feeling boosted by collecting a Cetti's Warbler pooh and by a male Firecrest in the sun as left at end. Latter was in large Guelder Rose towards south of Car Park.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by David Harper
22 Oct 2016 A tale of two halves.

Went looking for the Great Grey Shrike at Ashdown Forest this morning, After a fruitless search we went for an early lunch. The second half of the day was successful with the bird being located by the pond by some other birders who called us over.The bird gave good views while feeding for about half an hour. (Terry & Sue Howard).

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Terry Howard
22 Oct 2016 Hard work!

Paul Matson and I met in thickening fog on Black Down this morning, and then struggled with it for the next couple of hours. There were clearly birds moving overhead, notably the odd brambling or two, but the best spot was the small copse around the “4-way junction” just south of the main car parks. This was packed with redwings (say 100+ overall) and fieldfares (ca.120+ overall), and an exceptional flock of at least 100 lesser redpolls. We must have spent the best part of an hour sorting through these, but couldn’t find anything other than lessers, whilst noting the typically wide variation in plumage between individuals. There were also ca.15 goldfinches, a singing chiffchaff and a Dartford warbler (three seen in total) close by. Away from this area, it was fairly quiet, although at least one or two skylarks were also on the move above the fog. I returned after lunch to a transformed Black Down, looking stunning in the autumn sunshine. Three buzzards and two sparrowhawks finally appeared, and I heard - but couldn’t see - up to three ring ouzels. Paul Matson & Dave Burges.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Dave Burges
22 Oct 2016 The two 'Greats' remain

The Great Grey Shrike was showing distantly late this morning just west of the Airstrip on Ashdown Forest. The Great White Egret was missing from Weir Wood Reservoir this morning, but was perched in a tree opposite the west end car park late afternoon.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Sean Moore
22 Oct 2016 Marsh harriers   more...

Recently at Pulborough Brooks have been three marsh harriers (two cream-caps and an adult male) well this afternoon two brown ones were hunting the South brooks and while one was a cream-cap the other at least looked to me to be a juv male (pic attached). Lots of birds out there too, say 500 lapwing, same of starling, 200 linnet etc.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Alan Kitson
22 Oct 2016 Brooklands, Worthing   more...

For me this morning the only duck was a smart female shoveler (pic attached), otherwise a chiffchaff and a great number of coot (pic of one attached).

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Alan Kitson
22 Oct 2016 Nuthatch

A first for me having recently moved to Christ's Hospital Horsham,a nuthatch  in my garden.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Blaine mopdoccen
20 Oct 2016 Male hen harrier over Bluebell Vineyard

Raptor hanging in the air - grey underside with black wing tips visible at 2:20pm above Bluebell Vineyard on Ketches Lane, Nr Scaynes Hill.

Posted on 22 Oct 2016 by Vicki Agar
21 Oct 2016 Ashdown's Great Grey Shrike   more...

Still showing well despite being mobbed now and again by small birds. Hovers for insects and sighting small prey.

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 by yvonne taylor
21 Oct 2016 Yellow-browed warbler in garden   more...

Yellow-browed warbler calling this morning from a neighbour's garden in Lancing. Tried to relocate the bird without any success. Dave Sadler had 2 Goosanders on Brooklands Lake although they had gone when I checked an hour later.

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 by Bernie Forbes
21 Oct 2016 Goosanders   more...

At Brooklands lake, Worthing, 2 Goosanders (ad female and juv), flew off east at ca.11.50.

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 by Dave Sadler
20 Oct 2016 Arun south of Arundel

First walk along the route after a couple of days in Yorkshire yielded little apart from a single Golden Plover with one of several groups of Lapwings, the largest of which had 72 birds. Total number of Lapwings hard to estimate. Also 32 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, 18 Skylarks and a smattering of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails, but thrushes very thin on the ground and not a single warbler seen or heard.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Martin Daniel
20 Oct 2016 Birding around West Sussex   more...

I visited Iping Common this morning surprisingly finding 5 Woodlarks in song plus 2 Stonechats. Strange to hear Woodlark singing with calling Redwing and Fieldfare flying over! Ambersham Common: 25 Redpolls and 4 Dartford Warblers. Lavington Common: singing Woodlark and 7 Common Snipe. Cissbury: could only find a single Ring Ouzel this morning in the Rifle Butts area. 

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Bernie Forbes
20 Oct 2016 Selsey Peninsula today

A varied selection today included a Short-eared Owl, 2 Great Northern Divers, a flock of 65 Swallows, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Black-necked Grebe and a Green Sandpiper, plus migrants on the move. Full details on the Selsey blog. 

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by owen mitchell
20 Oct 2016 Vis Mig at East Head

Some reasonable visible migration at East Head, West Wittering, from 10.30 to 12.00. Lots of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, plus 2 Woodlarks (2 hours apart), Linnets, Goldfinches, a few Chaffinches, 1 Siskin, 1+ Brambling, 20 alba Wagtails, Starlings, 100 Fieldfares, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Reed Buntings. All going west.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Dominic Couzens
20 Oct 2016 North Stoke to Rackham Banks   more...

Hunting low over several hedgerows around the map reference what seemed to be a female hen harrier, being paler underneath but with a brown upper body and its very distinctive white rump. At least eight buzzards on the whole North Stoke Rackham Banks route along with three kestrels, one sparrowhawk and four red kites. Winter beckoned with a flock of 50 fieldfares and a couple of very handsomely feathered bramblings.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by patrick
20 Oct 2016 Weir Wood Res

The Great White Egret is still present and 2 Egyptian Geese flew in mid morning. A Little Grebe and a Pintail were new in, 51 Lapwings, 48 Teal and 9 Snipe today. Two Yellowhammers were a nice surprise, only wader on the dam was a single Common Sandpiper hanging out with 7 Meadow Pipits.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Alastair Gray
20 Oct 2016 Whinchat   more...

Male Whinchat seen today 15.45 at Cissbury Ring, perched on a barbed wire fence with an insect in his beak.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Brian Osborne
20 Oct 2016 Old Airstrip, Ashdown Forest   more...

The Great Grey Shrike was still showing this afternoon and the Ring Ouzel was still calling from the tree by the pond. Around 300 Fieldfares were noted flying over, as was a juvenile Peregrine. Three Dartford Warblers were heard or seen. Seems to be plenty of Reed Buntings in the area, along with Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Linnets and Lesser Redpolls. A Sparrowhawk glided over as I headed back to the car.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Alastair Gray
20 Oct 2016 Great Grey Shrike

Still showing well just west of Long car park, Ashdown Forest.

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 by Derek Pritty
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