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30 Nov 2015 Mediterranean Gulls on the Adur

Two Mediterranean Gulls and 5 colour-ringed gulls of three common species were on the Adur this morning, the Meds with Common Gulls in the roost NE of Ricardo's. A few images of these and other recent CR birds can be found at

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by richard fairbank
30 Nov 2015 Weir Wood

Not much around today but was surprised to see a Black Swan in with a flock of 120 Greylag Geese.

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Alastair Gray
29 Nov 2015 West Dean Woods outing   more...

Attached Brambling photo taken by Kevin Midgley.

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Bernie Forbes
29 Nov 2015 West Dean Woods outing   more...

Fourteen SOS members gathered at the SWT car park in West Dean Woods this morning. A windswept day that made birding difficult to say the least, with the wind howling gale force all day! We had total cloud cover, the only consolations being that  the rain held off and it was mild. In the morning we completed a circuit along the lanes to Chilgrove and Stapleash Farm. In the woods near the car park we found several Goldcrests with a fleeting view of Firecrest. A couple of calling Marsh Tits did their usual disappearing act as did a Treecreeper - I guess the wind was not helping us one bit! One of the features of the morning were the number of sightings of Red Kite and Common Buzzard, many of the kites coming close. We had one kite that was persistently calling, its soft whistling like call carrying in the wind. In a holly thicket by the road another Firecrest showed itself with a pair of Marsh Tits but both sightings were all to brief. A Raven appeared over a hill briefly although we did have a couple of Redwings that sat up for all to see.

After lunch we relocated to the Stapleash corner taking the track towards Monkton where we found a good number of Bramblings. Surprisingly many of them were superb males and, with at least a dozen sitting in a nearby tree, we had stunning views for some time. The woods appeared to be devoid of small birds with the weather keeping many of the birds low down. As the afternoon progressed the wind increased making it very uncomfortable so we decided to walk back down the track. Scanning out over the woodland we found a Common Buzzard being constantly attacked by another raptor, by its shape and jizz a Goshawk. The attack went on for a few minutes with both birds gaining height, the Gos kept having a go at the buzzard before dropping down below tree level. Although at a fair distance, the shape of the accipiter, its bulk and effortless flight were the real id features. Returning to our cars we spent the last half hour watching from the corner, where we had another large flock of Bramblings sitting up in nearby trees and a flyover Fieldfare. Thanks to everyone for making it a very enjoyable day in challenging conditions.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Bernie Forbes
29 Nov 2015 Little gulls & slavonian grebe off Widewater

At Widewater three Little Gulls, two of which were adults, flew east very quickly just before 09:00 while a Slavonian Grebe was offshore. An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the Adur on the rising tide but the only other gulls of interest amongst the 1000 or so present were two repeat colour-ringed birds.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by richard fairbank
29 Nov 2015 Weir Wood

Grey, windy and dark but we still managed to find (after much searching) the great northern diver, seen from the picnic area on north bank at 2:30. Also of note were fieldfares and redwings, green woodpecker, Mandarin, gadwall, marsh tit, two kingfishers and a very showy great spotted woodpecker.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Elliot Dowding
29 Nov 2015 Widewater mergansers   more...

This afternoon on the Widewater Lagoon, Lancing were four red-breasted mergansers (three males, one female) actively diving and motoring across the surface (pic attached of one male so doing). Also here the brent goose still and five teal but no waders at all.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Alan Kitson
29 Nov 2015 Widewater

Fought the bracing wind today on the coast. Birds of note were a juvenile Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Greenshank and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Claire Sell & Richard Wren
29 Nov 2015 East Head

In very windy conditions the only birds seen on the sea were one female Eider, 6 Red-breasted Mergensers and 12 Great Crested Grebes, also two Reed Buntings on the sand dunes and a Snipe that flew overhead.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Alastair Gray
29 Nov 2015 Newhaven Harbour

Female Eider in Newhaven Harbour viewed from the West Beach car park this morning, whilst waves smashing over the harbour arm.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Phillip Wells
28 Nov 2015 Widewater lagoon   more...

A solitary knot was a slight surprise if only for the fact that I never seem to find anything other than a solitary redshank here (also present). Also a brent goose and a kingfisher along with the usual birds (little grebe, little egret etc). On the beach were 2 sanderlings, a hunting peregrine and a rock pipit. Shoreham Fort had nothing of interest, just a couple of turnstones but no purple sandpipers.

Posted on 29 Nov 2015 by Matt & Sarah
28 Nov 2015 Various bird news

The Glossy Ibis seen again this morning at the back of Pett Level, and the Great Grey Shrike still present on Iping Common (via

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Chris Barfield
28 Nov 2015 Black Down

My first visit to this lovely area, after a quiet start, produced a male Goshawk. It flew low and close past the "Temple of the Winds" viewpoint mobbed by a Crow, moments after I arrived there at ca.10.45. Also 3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, female Stonechat, a flock of 40 Redwings, 5 Goldcrests together, a pair of Ravens, 2 Bullfinches and a friendly and informative local - Dave Burges!

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Jan Wilczur
28 Nov 2015 Purple Sandpipers   more...

On Newhaven East Pier up to 5 Purple Sandpipers late morning before the heavy rain arrived!! Pictures on the blog

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Bob Eade
28 Nov 2015 Adur and Widewater   more...

At the Toll Bridge, with the tide almost full, one Little Grebe and seven Mute Swans (five of them young birds). Just upstream four Redshanks clung on to a small and diminishing scrap of saltmarsh until the last moment, and nearby seven Mallard were feeding. On the airfield, 160 Lapwings and about 600 Starlings. Immediately south of the road at the Norfolk Bridge, 58 Redshanks and three Snipe were on the saltmarsh, and on the water 47 Teal, three Mallard and a Little Grebe. At Widewater, 24 Little Grebes, one Little Egret, one Greenshank, one Redshank and nine Mute Swans (seven young birds). One Turnstone seen on the beach, just before a major downpour, during which a Kestrel flew low and almost Sparrowhawk-like between the beach huts. On the falling tide, three Oystercatchers downstream of the Norfolk Bridge brought the wader count to six species.

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Steve Gilbert
28 Nov 2015 Worth the wait, cold toes and fingers...   more...

…on Black Down today. A clear, cold start with some frost on ground and ice on the puddles. First up were 3 meadow pipits, 2 common crossbills and the local pair of ravens - beginning a whole morning of playing on the increasing wind. An early female sparrowhawk hinted at the raptor potential of the day, and other flyovers included at least 2 lesser redpolls, 1 brambling, ca.8 greenfinches and a pied wagtail. Then it all went very quiet and stayed that way as the cloud built up from the west. Twenty plus redwings, 7+ fieldfares and 2+ kestrels just about kept things ticking over. But as the cloud cover became complete, up popped three buzzards in quick succession, followed by a male goshawk soaring briefly over the south end of the ridge. Another female sparrowhawk and the resident “white-bellied” buzzard followed, and I left with the ravens still cruising around and tumbling in the wind.

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Dave Burges
28 Nov 2015 WWT

First visit in a while and all the usual suspects present. Highlight were two point blank and highly photogenic Firecrests which posed more and more once they realised I didn't have a camera to hand!!

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Russ
28 Nov 2015 Ferry Pool and Pagham Harbour

Ferry Pool - wigeon, shoveler, black-tailed godwit, 2 avocets, curlew, 30+ shelduck. Neighbouring field had ca.300 lapwing and 200 golden plover. Mass panic when a raptor (? sparrowhawk) zoomed in and took one of the plovers. Harbour creeks quiet - a few Brent geese, wigeon, shelduck and pintail, a few knot, redshank plus a kingfisher. Pool definitely worth a visit.

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Duncan Livingstone
28 Nov 2015 Weir Wood GND

After 45 mins hopelessly searching by the west end of the Reservoir, the only thing of note were 6 Gadwalls near the car park and several more near where the Teal usually hang out. We then proceeded to the east end near the sailing club where there were foot high waves due to the wind. However, we were rewarded as we finally spotted the Great Northern Diver nearly on the other side of the lake. Telescopes were definitely necessary, it was hard to see it even with one!

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by James McCulloch (12)
27 Nov 2015 Pochards @ Weir Wood   more...

Within 5 mins of arriving at Weir Wood I saw Goldfinch, a Nuthatch, a Kingfisher (feeding) and 6 Pochards.

Posted on 28 Nov 2015 by Jonathan Ansley
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