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24 Jun 2016 Marsh Tits and a Red Kite   more...

A family group of Marsh Tits were seen in East Dean Woods, West Sussex yesterday, and a Red Kite was over Singleton village.

Posted on 25 Jun 2016 by Adrian West
24 Jun 2016 Pulborough Brooks RSPB   more...

In afternoon sunshine a raptor perched out from Winpenny took on some colours of a tawny eagle but more likely was a pale morph common buzzard (pic attached). From The Hanger still four green sandpipers down below but no little ringed plovers and very few duck, even mallard and all shelduck seem to have vamoosed having evidently had no chicks at all whereas in early July last year 30 shelducklings were on view here. At the top of the Zigzag a garden warbler still sang strongly.

Posted on 25 Jun 2016 by Alan Kitson
24 Jun 2016 Gulls at Hollingbury   more...

Other white-headed gulls still making mincemeat of Herring Gulls. One of the two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls took a gull egg (presumably Herring) and the two adult Great Black-backed Gulls combined again to take two Herring Gull chicks. Their skill at splitting the brood and then swallowing the large chicks, despite an aerial dread of about 40 Herring Gulls mobbing them was awesome. Max count of HG 'adults' (may include some third summers) today was 80. Also singles of definite third, second and first summers. Got pellets from both the smaller species (3 HG, 1 LB). Purple day, since my rule with mixed colonies is that I have to witness regurgitation, and then be able to retrieve the pellet. One of each species' pellets contained substantial amounts of cereal grain. Where do gulls find grain in June? It also happens with both species at the two Falmer colonies. Both species take a lot of grain during sowing and harvest, which I find much less puzzling.

Posted on 24 Jun 2016 by David Harper
23 Jun 2016 Photographic Editor for Sussex Bird Report   more...

The current Photographic Editor is retiring and I am looking to recruit a replacement. The role involves collating photographs and processing them in the correct format for the Bird Report printers. This is a rewarding and challenging role that may appeal to anyone who wishes to expand their photographic knowledge especially on a processing front. Training is available. Please contact Peter Plant (breditor@sos.org.uk)

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Peter Plant
23 Jun 2016 Birding on the Peninsula   more...

A warm, sultry day with cloud cover temps around 18C and a light westerly breeze. Sidlesham Ferry in the morning had 2 Green Sandpipers and a single Little Ringed Plover, no sign of the Cattle Egret in the adjacent field. Selsey Bill (09.00 - 11.00): fairly quiet although 33 Common Scoter lurking offshore in flocks of 20W, 4E & 9W. Also 6 Gannets E and 2 Med Gulls E. Church Norton: 7 Med Gulls over the harbour, 7 Dunlin, single Whimbrel, single Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot (1 in summer plumage), single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, 2 well grown Black-headed Gull chicks on the island and 2 Great Crested Grebes in the harbour. We checked out the Ferry again later without finding the Cattle Egret, just 2 Black-tailed Godwits. ( Bernie Forbes & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Bernie Forbes
23 Jun 2016 Arlington Reservoir   more...

I spent a couple of hours at the dam end. On the water a pair of great crested grebes with three little 'uns (pic attached)and an adult lesser black-backed gull very vocal and confiding while over the water were some 30 swallows and 20 sand martins (where I wonder do the latter come from?). East of the dam there were three singing turtle doves, one in line with Arlington church, one south of the village and one at the weir. A lovely meadow here with tall grasses, some spotted orchids, lots of meadow browns and a few marbled whites and some linnets too and a willow warbler.

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by Alan Kitson
23 Jun 2016 Cetti's Warblers - different sites   more...

Cetti's Warbler heard singing clearly daily all this month at Storrington, and briefly seen.  Also heard today (but not seen) at Emsworth - close to the Yacht Harbour. 

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by David Morrison
22 Jun 2016 Ford 'bored' Station   more...

Marooned at Ford Station for nearly two hours on way home from Arundel. I cannot match the Cuckoo that soothed Chris Corrigan recently, but other summer visitors cheered me up: Swift, Swallow, Whitethroat and Blackcap. It was hard pounding: only confirmed breeding by House Sparrow (nestlings in one of platform roofs) and Kestrel (both sexes carrying prey).

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by David Harper
22 Jun 2016 Arundel WWT in the mist

Arrived in misty conditions which got worse, slowly clearing around midday. Despite the poor visibility - and the luxuriant vegetation - finished with over 52 bird species. Five were BOPs despite damp conditions (Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine). Five were waders; in addition to breeding Lapwings and Oystercatchers, these were singles of Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Redshank. Three Pochard broods. Breeding confirmed for additional territories of Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler.

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 by David Harper
22 Jun 2016 Marsh harrier   more...

The Pulborough Brooks marsh harrier, same as two days ago with big whitish cap and throat, is perhaps an adult female after all, it being decidedly brown (rather than blackish) and having a paler, warm brown tail (pic attached).

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 by Alan Kitson
22 Jun 2016 Song thrushes galore!   more...

On our walks nowadays song thrushes are for ever shouting their songs, nowhere more than on the reserve at Pulborough Brooks (pic attached on one such taking a bath there today). Moreover, there today were five wader species - lapwings with big, medium and small chicks, two families of redshank, two black-tailed godwits, four green sandpipers and a pair of little ringed plovers and I saw the marsh harrier at Westmead and a pair of shoveler and two teal.

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 by Alan Kitson
22 Jun 2016 cuckoo corner tern

whilst out with the dogs around 12.30 today a sandwich tern taking advantage of the high tide and the fry in the creek by the car park was very confiding flying quite close at times.

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 by martin perryman
17 Jun 2016 A Rye Warbler   more...

A few days ago Mike Russell reported an unusual warbler near the reserve. It looked like a Reed Warbler, but didn't sound like one... it was mimicking many other birds. After Mike's video was sent to experts in Poland and locally we decided that it wasn't a Marsh Warbler, but a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER, only the second record for Sussex. One of the clinching aspects of the bird was the very short wing projection. I hope you'll understand that we couldn't share this bird with you because it was on others land and could have caused parking mayhem. The bird has not been seen or heard for a few days. Photo attached.

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by Barry Yates
21 Jun 2016 Red kites and swifts

Pair of Red Kites seen drifting north over Hurstpierpoint. Every day approx 100 swifts are feeding over fields south of Washbrooks Farm, Brighton Road. Lovely to see.

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by rebecca rees
21 Jun 2016 First day of....autumn?!   more...

Passing by the favourite Common Sandpiper roost site on the Adur under the bankside trees by the cement works, I wasn't really expecting to see one there already (see photo).

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by Chris Barfield
20 Jun 2016 Bullfinch   more...

On a very wet morning it was nice to see this handsome chap drop into my garden. A great time to do a bit of garden birding, lots of stuff about.

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by Allan Roffey
20 Jun 2016 Pulborough Brooks   more...

This afternoon from The Hanger I was astonished to see seven little ringed plovers, all more or less together, all adults I think although at long range (pic attached, much cropped, of three!). Just earlier an RSPB cattle-counter had walked out and I do believe he may have made them visible since later on they became mostly invisible again. Also here were four green sandpipers and a marsh harrier (cream-cap, perhaps first summer male from wing pattern).

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by Alan Kitson
20 Jun 2016 Ashdown

Quick look after the morning rain, Whitethroats and Linnets both feeding fledged young, two pairs of Stonechats, singing male Reed Bunting, three Tree Pipits and a pair of Spotted Flycatchers. On the way back to the car a large Female Sparrowhawk flew by.

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by Alastair Gray
18 Jun 2016 Red Kite at Landport Bottom, Lewes   more...

Belated news of a Red Kite, which was seen on Saturday morning at Landport Bottom in Lewes heading southwards in the direction of the Ouse Valley.

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 by Steven Teale
19 Jun 2016 Lewes to Falmer   more...

A Reed Warbler and Grey Heron along the Ouse. Skylarks out in force on the Downs. Blackcaps at Ashcombe Bottom with a pair of Buzzards overhead. Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroats, Corn Bunting, male Kestrel, and Meadow Pipit on the way to Falmer.

Posted on 19 Jun 2016 by Adrian West
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