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10 Dec 2016 Pulborough Brooks   more...

10.30 to 12.30 A green sandpiper in flight, a peregrine perched in its tree. four snipe very well concealed, a marsh harrier quartering, a buzzard on a post, two pairs of bullfinch, a male reed bunting, a roving tit-flock comprising, besides blue tits and long-tailed tits, two goldcrests, a nuthatch and a treecreeper, and, in grass, worming like blackbirds, a few fieldfares (pic attached).

Posted on 10 Dec 2016 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
10 Dec 2016 Desert Wheatear

No sign of the Desert Wheatear at Norman's Bay this morning up until 11:30 at least (per Ian Tingley).

Posted on 10 Dec 2016 by Paul James
09 Dec 2016 Ashdown Forest   more...

Fantastic day on Ashdown Forest where I saw crossbills in numbers, at least 30. One pair was actually mating and later in the afternoon saw the same pair collecting material for nesting. I guess they are confused with the current mild weather unless this is normal at this time of year. Bramblings also seen in numbers, at least 40. Redpolls also seen, at least five in one location. Photos on Flickr as too big to download.

Posted on 10 Dec 2016 by Paul Stevens
10 Dec 2016 great white egret

A gloomy morning at Pulborough Brooks produced all the usual wildfowl, plenty of wigeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, shelduck and lapwing, the latter being constantly harassed by a peregrine and a marsh harrier. A great white egret was viewed from Little Hanger hide for a good 15 mins before it moved into long vegetation out of view.

Posted on 10 Dec 2016 by shane burtenshaw
09 Dec 2016 Waltham Brooks

No sign of the great grey shrike unfortunately, but a female Goosander on the Arun was a nice surprise.

Posted on 10 Dec 2016 by Jan Jupp
09 Dec 2016 Redwings   more...

Small party of about 6 Redwings feeding on the berries in our garden at Pound Hill, Crawley. 

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 by Martin George
09 Dec 2016 Ashdown

Highlight of a late afternoon walk around the Airstrip was Green Sandpiper which was flying around calling for 5 minutes before flying off SW. Around 70 Meadow Pipits came in to roost.

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 by Alastair Gray
09 Dec 2016 Rosy Starling   more...

The Rose-coloured Starling was still showing well in Beachy Road, Crawley this morning. At Hurst Cottages, Amberley, the ten White-fronted Geese were still viewable and at Lidsey SF there was a good contender for a Siberian Chiffchaff with at least ten Chiffchaffs.

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 by bart ives
08 Dec 2016 Desert Wheatear   more...

The Desert Wheatear showing well at Norman's Bay. More images on my website.

(Still present this morning Friday 9th Dec - Ed).

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 by Dorian Mason
09 Dec 2016 Oops!

It has taken no time at all for several colleagues to point out that I am wrong in regard to the immature gull posted below and that far from being a Caspian it may even be a great black-backed gull! Thanks to them for the correction.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Alan Kitson
08 Dec 2016 Along the East Sussex coast

Starting off in the freezing wind at Rye Harbour this morning we saw a ringtail Hen Harrier on the seaward side of Flat beach which proceeded to fly off low but strongly in a northerly direction until out of sight. A Peregrine high overhead and masses of duck and plovers(including golden and grey) on the water. An active group of Ringed Plovers was on the shoreline along with some Sanderlings. From Denny hide the Red-breasted Merganser was visible, no sign of Scaup anywhere however. Then on to Norman's Bay where we saw the Desert Wheatear and the large Common Scoter flock offshore. Lastly we stopped at West Rise marsh where we easily spotted the Long-tailed Duck on the lake in the dying light.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Elliot Dowding & John Thorogood
08 Dec 2016 Local area

A rather half-hearted look round the local area this afternoon failed to turn up much. A male Pochard, 13 Teal, 5 Gadwall and 5 Little Grebes on Brooklands. Nothing at Shoreham Harbour though a count of 45 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Adur by the footbridge late afternoon was unusually high.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Paul & Gareth James
08 Dec 2016 Caspian Gull?

An informative photograph of a recent 'pukka' 1st winter Caspian Gull at Dungeness on the excellent Ploddingbirder blog.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Paul James
08 Dec 2016 Norman's Bay   more...

Revisiting the gorgeous Desert Wheatear at Norman's Bay early this afternoon, we sat still and enjoyed very close views of the bird as it flitted and fed around us only a few feet away - marvellous. Not far offshore the flock of around 100 Common Scoters contained at least 1 Velvet Scoter, with 2 Red-throated Divers nearby. Back farther east along the back of the beach was a pair of Stonechats, and in the fenced compound near the level crossing (with the pile of old sleepers) was a fem/imm Black Redstart.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Colin & Janet Holter
08 Dec 2016 Caspian Gulls

Others more expert than me will hopefully comment on Alan's young gull re. tertials and scapulars and all that, but to me it doesn't feel like a Caspian Gull for the following reasons: 1) the eye is directly below the highest point of the head, 2) there seems to be a fair bit of smudging around and above the eye, 3) the spotting/streaking on the neck is too heavy, 4) the bill, though not too easy to make out in the photo, looks too heavy. There, that's my four pennerth (or centimeworth, it's about the same these days!). All the best from the Alps.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Rich Prior
08 Dec 2016 Caspian gulls   more...

On Thursday 1st Dec, in a meadow at Exceat Bridge, river Cuckmere, I saw and took pictures of an adult or near-adult (4th winter?) Caspian gull and posted such on the SOS web and on Twitter. In the field and later in the pictures I had noticed a pale-headed juv/first-winter gull which I now consider to have been a Caspian gull too, noting now its small head, its snouty head-shape (thanks to Matt Eade for such a description) and its ("characteristic") hanging ventral bulge besides some plumage details (pic attached). Any comments welcomed. In the pic the open wingtip on left is the ad/near-ad Caspian in wingstretch.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Alan Kitson
08 Dec 2016 Birding in foreign parts!   more...

Dorian and I decided to go for the Desert Wheatear this morning over in East Sussex at Norman's Bay. I guess we picked the wrong morning for traffic as the road east was chaotic! Parking near the Martello Tower we set off along the beach soon finding Bob Self and Chris Brown who gave us directions. Within a few minutes we quickly found the wheatear and spent the next hour or two having cracking views of this delightful bird. See attached BFF photos.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Bernie Forbes
08 Dec 2016 Rock pipit?   more...

Picture here, taken yesterday in Lower Cuckmere, along the river bank, of a rock pipit with evidently yellowish legs and feet and a palish, dark-tipped bill. Not normal is it?

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Alan Kitson
08 Dec 2016 Arun south of Arundel

A mild pleasant morning by the river with a Marsh Harrier creating havoc putting up 240 Lapwings, 50 Wigeon and 2 Shelduck before heading off to harass one of the 3 Buzzards around. Other raptors included singles of Peregrine and Kestrel, while there were also 2 Kingfishers, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Redshank, a calling Cetti's Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipits and 20 Skylarks.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Martin Daniel
08 Dec 2016 Rose-coloured Starling   more...

The juv Rose-coloured Starling is still showing well in the tree beside 10 Beachy Road in the Broadfield Estate on the outskirts of Crawley. It is in moult but the breast is beginning to develop a pinky tinge. If it hangs around into the New Year, it might look good!

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 by Nick Paul
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