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21 Aug 2017 No house martins in East Street, Chichester, this year   more...

This is really a non-sighting. As long as I have lived in Chichester there have been house martins nesting in East Street, adjacent to Baffyns Lane. This year I saw not a single bird and none of the nests was occupied. At one time there were 13 nests. And there have been very few swifts this year as well. What has happened?

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Peter Etheridge
19 Aug 2017 Cattle Egrets - revised OS reference, Cuckmere   more...

I got the map reference wrong with my earlier post. I hope this makes things clearer.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Tim Jones
21 Aug 2017 Cattle and birds in the Cuckmere   more...

I found the Cuckmere Cattle Egret off the Litlington road just north of the A259 (see record shot of it living up to its name!). It looks to be a juvenile, I don’t know if it’s one of the two reported further north today or a different one. Also amongst cattle on the west side below Exceat, at least 20 Yellow Wagtails, two Ravens doing a noisy circuit of the valley, lots of Willow Warblers and Whitethroats around and a Spotted Flycatcher near the cottages. 30 Curlew in the fields with at least one Whimbrel, lots of Swallows, one or two Sand Martins and a few Swifts.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Chris Barfield
21 Aug 2017 Marsh Harrier Pagham   more...

Somewhat colder than expected in the afternoon following a cycle ride to Pagham Harbour, grey misty drizzle 4-5.50pm. At the north wall striking pair of Wheatear, then a fab low flying display from a Marsh Harrier (rapid low flight changing directions) lasting a couple of minutes. Whimbrel still present. Others - build up of numbers of Lapwing, population swelling of Godwit, single Teal, egrets in numbers, Redshank good number of groups, single GC grebe, Greenshank.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by David Meagher
21 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Curlew sandpiper sighted by hides and trail volunteer. Confirmed by other volunteers and visitors. Also 2 wheatears.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Emily Summers
19 Aug 2017 Cattle Egret   more...

Two cattle egrets with a little egret and an immature heron feeding on boggy ground to the east of the Cuckmere River just south of Alfriston.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Tim Jones
21 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Early morning on North Brooks (7:30-9:30am): 7 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Ringed Plover and 16 Common Snipe. Few migrants around except a smattering of Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcaps and Whitethroats.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by Brian Cox
20 Aug 2017 Spot Flycatcher at Levin Down NR

Had the pleasure of seeing two spotted Flycatchers  on the perimeter of Levin Down Nature reserve. Also on the surrounding fields were 2 Wheatear.

Posted on 21 Aug 2017 by David Phillips
20 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

On the North Brooks this evening were 6 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, c.40 Teal, 8 Snipe, one each of Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper and 2 Stonechat. Highlights, meanwhile, from my Pulborough garden this weekend have included a cream-cap Marsh Harrier which landed on the Brooks yesterday afternoon and a Barn Owl which flew over in the evening. Today started with close views of a Lesser Whitethroat at the end of the garden, while a Yellow Wagtail flew over early afternoon.

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by Matt Phelps
20 Aug 2017 SOS at Arlington Reservoir

A pleasant and sociable walk with no 'target birds' but always the possibility of something I told (with fingers crossed)the 18 that joined me on a sunny late August morning. Canada Goose was probably the first on the list with three-figure numbers and much noisy coming and goings plus loafing Black Headed Gull (eventually our Laridae list had Herring and a Lesser Black-backed Gull). Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were added to the raptor list. By the time we reached the dam end I was able to tell everyone that our list number was looking credible as we added Common Sandpiper, Pied Wagtail, occasional Swallow, Sand and House Martin, numerous Chiffchaff and a single call of a Spotted Flycatcher that caused much discussion but eventually doubts were put to rest when an obliging bird gave good views after we left the reservoir to wander across the meadows; in the same area Chiffchaff and a Treecreeper. Perhaps the highlight for many were a pair of Whinchat (a lifer for one and a first-of-the-year for others) with a Common whitethroat in the same view on a gorse bush. (For others a highlight might have been a cheerful male Yellowhammer.) Also on the meadows were a few more butterflies (Small White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue) and numerous Jackdaw with Rook and a fleeting view of a Green Woodpecker after much yaffling. With Goldfinch and House Sparrow eventually in the usual place our list pushed a credible 40 (but even if it hadn't I think we had had a "pleasant and sociable walk" for which thanks.

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by Mark Wright
20 Aug 2017 Thorney Island   more...

We had our first Osprey of the autumn at Thorney Great Deep on the east side this afternoon. It landed on a fence post with a large fish in its talons at 12:40 and was still there when were left at 16:00. There was also a cream headed juvenile Marsh Harrier foraging over the Deeps as well. Other birds of note around Thorney Island included a juvenile Peregrine, male Sparrowhawk,6 Kestrels,4 Buzzards,12 Yellow Wagtails,100 Goldfinch and 20 Wheatears. (Barry and Margaret Collins)

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by barry collins
20 Aug 2017 Ashdown Ravens.

At least 14 Ravens seen today over Ashdown to two groups of 9 & 5, later a single Wheatear was along a fence line.

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by Alastair Gray
20 Aug 2017 Cattle Egret

From the North wall one Cattle Egret seen on Heron Island with 14 Little Egrets and 1 Heron between 11.45 and 12.30 pm

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by Chris Pedroza and Bob Newton
20 Aug 2017 Rave-up on the Downs!   more...

Picture here of 5/16 of a flock of airborne ravens having a whale of a time on the Downs today.

Posted on 20 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson, Miou Helps and Joel
19 Aug 2017 Cattle Egrets & Spoonbill

The two Cattle Egrets still at Marsh Farm, to the north of Pagham Harbour, and one also reported at Cuckmere Haven this morning. The Spoonbill also still around in Pagham Harbour (via and

Posted on 19 Aug 2017 by Sightings Team
18 Aug 2017 Pulborough to Arundel   more...

There were 7-8 Reed Buntings by the Arun, plus a Reed Warbler and a pair of Chiffchaffs. From the Hanger View 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, and a Spotted Redshank. At West Mead a female Kestrel dived down into the long grass and took off with what appeared to be a vole. In the woods south of Wiggonholt at least 2 Marsh Tits. At Waltham Brooks a family group of 4 Stonechats, 2 female Teal and the Great Black Backed Gull centre positon on the pole in the middle of the lake. There was a Red Kite over Amberley Wild Brooks. Near South Stoke a Wheatear on a fence post, and just north of Offham 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a juvenile Willow Warbler, and best of all a Grasshopper Warbler in the sedges and reeds.

Posted on 19 Aug 2017 by Adrian West
18 Aug 2017 Medmerry   more...

Along with a few other birders we ventured to Medmerry today where, like everyone else we didn't find the White-winged Black Tern. However, we did see 2 Corn Buntings and as we walked along to the breach there was a juvenile Cuckoo. We counted at least 6 Wheatears but only saw 3 Common sandpipers on the Stilt pool. Along at the breach there were 25+ Ringed Plovers and 20+ Dunlin. We did however have some excellent company to pass the time.

Posted on 18 Aug 2017 by Dave & Jean Killick
18 Aug 2017 A tern for the worse!   more...

This morning I visited Medmerry but saw no terns. In the strong wind I did see a marsh harrier and five avocet out on the reserve, a good many linnets and three wheatears along the wall and on the Stilt Pool four or five common sandpipers (no green sandpipers here for me although one did fly over between here and the carpark) and one or two dunlin besides some 500 Canada geese (meticulously counted by Messrs Dodd and Sneller), (pic attached of a common sandpiper among Canada geese).

Posted on 18 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
17 Aug 2017 Buzzards calling   more...

Single common buzzard joined after 5 mins by a second, accompanied by a distinctive meeting call. Soared overhead for 15 minutes. Edge of Crowborough.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017 by Linda Gill
17 Aug 2017 Selsey Peninsula

The White-winged Black Tern was back at Medmerry today, and two Cattle Egrets, plus the Spoonbill, were in the North Wall area. For full details see the Selsey Birder blog.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017 by andrew house
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