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21 Aug 2014 Black-winged Stilts   more...

I'm trying to piece together the movements of the Black-winged Stilts which bred at Medmerry RSPB. On 19 June the family party moved on to the salt-marsh where they became very hard to see but they were reported on 22 & 23 July. The next report is of all five at Sidlesham Ferry on 31 July where they stayed until 2 August before relocating to Pulborough Brooks RSPB from 3-10 August. The last report was again from Sidlesham Ferry on 11 August. Did you see the stilts between 24 & 30 July? If so where? Also did anybody see them after 11 August? If you have any additional information please e-mail me at recorder@sos.org.uk.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by David H Howey
21 Aug 2014 Record shot of Pagham Osprey   more...

Record shot taken by Dorian Mason of the Osprey over the east side of Pagham Harbour today.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Bernie Forbes
21 Aug 2014 Birding on the Peninsula   more...

Another lovely day's birding, the morning decidedly cooler than of late although with plenty of sunshine warming to around 19C by midday out of the westerly wind. A Swift over Ivy lake as we past in the car. We checked out Chalder Farm east of Sidlesham first thing this morning, finding the Cattle Egret sitting atop a small tree at map reference SZ868989, although in a blink of an eye it dropped out of view!

Medmerry viewpoint via the caravan site: 8 Little Terns fishing with small number of Dunlin and Ringed Plover roosting. Ten Wheatears, 2 Whinchats and 6 Yellow Wagtails in the area plus a juvenile Peregrine being mobbed by the crows. Sixty Linnets feeding around the rough ground near the car park. Church Norton: small numbers of Common and a single Lesser Whitethroat with a Garden Warbler in the bushes near the hide. At around 11.05 mass panic in the harbour with even the Cormorants up and flying around! Found an Osprey over the east side of the harbour, it spent 15 minutes hovering and flapping around before gaining height and moving off E. No large gathering of common waders just the usual suspects with a single Knot and Sanderling noted. Sidlesham Ferry: just a single Avocet and little else. Fishbourne Creek: 4 Greenshanks, single Spotted Redshank, 240 Med Gulls and 2 Sparrowhawks. (Bernie Forbes, Dave Smith & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Bernie Forbes
21 Aug 2014 Still here

11.30 to 12.30 at Waltham Brooks the three garganey here still (since late July), one at far back mostly obscured by rushes, other two on main water, one steadfastly asleep, other swim-feeding with head submerged but both occasionally raising their heads and revealing their tell-tale stripes, spot and white chin. Some 15 teal here too, some lacking their white tail-side streaks and thus in this respect looking like the garganeys. Also about 15 shovelers mostly asleep and six snipe sewing-machine feeding, a green sandpiper and a water rail (seen).

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Alan Kitson
21 Aug 2014 Osprey at Pagham

Excellent views of an osprey looking for fish near the entrance to the harbour, seen from the east side by the hide.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Ken Hearne
21 Aug 2014 Melodious Warblers at Beachy Head

Yesterday at Birling Gap, a Melodious Warbler found by George Kinnard and Jamie Wilkinson (see below) and seen by Roger Haggar & Bob Smith. Today a Melodious Warbler seen at Hodcombe by Roger Charlwood (the third in a week for Beachy Head).

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Roger Charlwood
21 Aug 2014 Arun south of Arundel

Thin pickings this morning. One Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, 21 Reed Warblers, two Kingfishers and one Peregrine the highlights.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Martin Daniel
20 Aug 2014 a good day for young birders!

A brilliant day for Sussex young birders (and Jamie Wilkinson, still young at heart!), with not one but two great finds! It all started off at Beachy Head, where at about 07.50 GK and JW simultaneously called out a Hippo at the Birling Gap car park. It disappeared before they could satisfactorily clinch the ID, but we picked it up in flight, followed it and eventually GK did brilliantly to pick it up in the scope, clinching it as a MELODIOUS WARBLER, which handily stayed on its perch long enough for all four of us, plus Roger Haggar, to have excellent views! Also at Beachy around 40 of Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Sedge and Garden Warbler, singles of Reed and Grasshopper warbler (latter GK only), 3 Redstarts, 40 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Tree Pipits and probably about 20 Wheatears overall.

Things then got even better at the Cuckmere, at about 12.10 I picked up a GREAT WHITE EGRET flapping lazily SW, viewed for about two minutes before being lost to view over Seaford Head. Perhaps Bob Self's from a few weeks ago, still in the area? Also in the Cuckmere Valley an Avocet, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Kingfishers and 5 or so Wheatears. Next stop Arlington, a Redshank and a Little Egret both not so common birds here, there were also 3 Egyptian and a Barnacle Goose, 3 Common Sandpipers, a Wheatear and 300+ Sand Martins. Finally onto Balsdean, where we found two Whinchats, 19 Wheatears, 2 Ravens, 9 Stock Doves, and had excellent views of a Hobby. Apologies for the late posting, but by the time I got home at about 20.00 yesterday I was a bit too knackered!

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 by Liam Curson, Jake Gearty, George Kinnard & Jamie Wilkinson
20 Aug 2014 Southwick and Hove Wheatears

Two, possibly three, Wheatears at Southwick beach yesterday, and this morning two just east of Hove Lagoon.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Steve Gilbert
20 Aug 2014 Pulborough same but different

Today only 3-4 Redstarts and no sign of yesterday's Cuckoo and Spotted Flycatchers. However, three or more Garden Warblers, at least three Nightingales, 75+ Willow/Chiffs, 10+ Whitethroats and other unseen tacking Sylvias. Fifteen Black-tailed Godwits and singles of Ruff, Greenshank and Dunlin. A Kingfisher was a surprise find a couple of times during the day perched up in the pond at the bottom of the zigzag. Single Clouded Yellow. A very brief look at Waltham Brooks produced another godwit and three Snipe plus a gazillion eclipse Mallard. Finally at Arundel Kingfisher, Sand Martins and two Sparrowhawks, and two fly through Dunlin.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Russ
20 Aug 2014 Wood pigeons still nesting???

Just wondering why a Wood Pigeon was collecting nest building material in my garden this morning? Bit late or are there now three clutches of chicks each year instead of two. Back in my early days of bird watching it was only one!!

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Matt Walters
20 Aug 2014 Osprey fishing in Nutbourne Channel   more...

Osprey fishing in Nutbourne Channel, Chichester Hbr early this afternoon, before catching a fish and then landed nearby on the mudflats, to devour its lunch.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Barry Collins
19 Aug 2014 High Tea

Sparrowhawk eating a wood pigeon on our neighbour's back lawn for some 30 minutes in the evening.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Tom Howard-Jones
20 Aug 2014 Climping Gap - one that got away?

A fair selection of passerines around this morning. My bit of the of the patch (Atherington - Mill) produced an early highlight with a Grasshopper Warbler that showed briefly but well, then a couple of Redstarts. I logged plenty of Whitethroats (30) and Wheatears (18), but whilst searching out migrants I heard a small group of Yellow Wagtails nearby, calling somewhere above me, then I became aware of a 'schreep-like' call, repeated at least half a dozen times. Big pipit I thought as I desperately scanned around but couldn't find anything against the blue sky. Nothing - then a minute later at least four more calls as if the bird was circling, then it faded and it was gone. More searching and scanning proved negative, and that was it - gone! I feel fairly sure it was either a Richard's or Tawny Pipit (it would be early for the former and the latter is perhaps more likely) but I could be wrong... I make no claim, I saw nothing and it's one to put down to experience, but I think this is one that got away. (For a full round-up of the day totals visit Bola's blog 'The Birds of Climping Gap').

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by owen mitchell
20 Aug 2014 Seaford Head and lower Cuckmere

A cicuit from South Hill barn on a glorious late summer morning - the same collection of warblers as previously noted but seemingly fewer in number. One wheatear at Hope Gap and a Clouded Yellow by the Coastguard Cottages. A mixed group of swallows, house martins and sand martins feeding over the meadows around Harry's Bush - although one of their number was seen being carried off by a hobby. A small group (possibly six) yellow wagtails flew up from around the sheep, and a couple of ravens, a buzzard and a sparrowhawk all added to a lovely collection of birds in the last 15 minutes of my walk. When I got home (east Seaford) a Humming-bird Hawk-moth flew around the verbena.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Peter Martin
20 Aug 2014 Arun south of Arundel

A flock of at least 15 Yellow Wagtails feeding by cattle for about five minutes before moving on was notable. Otherwise migrants scarce apart from three Wheatears and a steady passage of Sand Martins and Swallows. One Peregrine over, five Common Sandpipers, three Little Egrets also.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 by Martin Daniel
18 Aug 2014 Hobby hunting dragonflies.   more...

On Pevensey Levels a Hobby was, like me, hunting dragonflies. More on the story at http://bobsbutterflies.blogspot.com

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Bob Eade
19 Aug 2014 Abbot's Wood   more...

While looking at habitat management options for butterflies at Abbots Wood with Stuart Sutton, a Spotted Flycatcher flew into an oak tree by the side of the Pearl-bordered Fritillary ride. Then right at the end of the afternoon, the bizarre sight of an Osprey flapping its way just below tree-top height up that same PBF main ride. It veered round to the south-southwest, gaining height all the while and finally drifted off south-eastwards (possibly the same bird seen over Ringmer in the afternoon). Earlier at my Herstmonceux plot (near the church), a flock of nine or ten Mistle Thrushes at the top of a large tree in the garden opposite me, plus a Hobby swooping low down over the plot and disappearing from sight.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Mike Mullis
19 Aug 2014 Pulborough Brooks RSPB

Interesting how waders can hide and come and go here. An evening visit (with GB & JK) failed to reveal Gary's Little Stint but we did see a juv Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, an extra Greenshank and a Wood Sandpiper. Did the stint depart or is it hiding and was this the same Wood Sandpiper present Sunday? Fascinating.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Jon Winder
19 Aug 2014 Chantry and Pulborough   more...

At Chantry today, two Redstarts (adult male and female), two Spotted Flycatchers and the usual Ravens etc. At Pulborough no sign of the reported Little Stint late afternoon, but a juv Cuckoo, juv Dunlin, Ruff, Greenshank and plenty of Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sands etc. Photo of juvenile Cuckoo attached

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Jan-Paul Charteris
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