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24 Jul 2014 Arun from Arundel south

Main sighting on a hot afternoon walk was a Great Black-backed Gull catching a large eel on the water, flying to the bank where it subdued it and swallowed it whole in a short period. Otherwise, five Common Sandpipers at least, three Oystercatchers, one Little Egret and 54 Lapwings.

Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Martin Daniel
24 Jul 2014 Golden Plovers back at Rye Harbour

Some of the wintering Golden Plover are back at Rye Harbour already, most still in summer plumage. About a dozen today inside the fence near red roofed hut http://www.rxwildlife.info/sightings/2014/7/24/plovers-in-mayweed.html

Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Barry Yates
23 Jul 2014 Ringed plovers and wheatear   more...

As told to me by neighbours Anne and Tony, this morning on the shingle beach seaward of Shoreham Fort four ringed plovers, much calling and likely a pair and two chicks/juvs. I wonder if wheatear bred at Medmerry since looks suitable, Miou and I saw a female there on 31st May and a juv at Pagham Spit on 12th July (pic attached) may be from here and Bernie et al saw one such actually at Medmerry yesterday.

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Alan Kitson
23 Jul 2014 White Wagtail   more...

With reference to Bernie's recent White Wagtail at Medmerry, whilst carrying out Stilt wardening at Earnley Pools, an adult White Wagtail was present on 25th May, and on 15th June I watched it feeding a juvenile, race indeterminate. As only a single "alba" was seen and the juvenile was very dark I suspect it bred with a "yarrellii".

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Chris Janman
22 Jul 2014 A Surprise Harrier   more...

I was driving to Broadwater Warren reserve to join the merry band of volunteers pulling up bracken (good for bending the back!). A Marsh Harrier was flying slowly across a field adjacent to the A26 at Tarring Neville. I don`t think the the drivers following would have appreciated me stopping for a better look. Good to see one of these fine raptors so close to home.

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Stuart Ridley
23 Jul 2014 Red kite

Red kite gliding over main road in Slinfold at 9.30 this morning annoying the local crows.

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Sandra Litchfield
23 Jul 2014 Latest SOSRC Decisions

The latest Sussex record decisions (updated July 20th 2014) from the SOSRC and BBRC are available in the Records section of the site.

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Chris Brown
22 Jul 2014 Southwick Ringed Plovers   more...

The Southwick Beach Ringed Plovers are still around, although what precisely is happening isn't entirely obvious from my passing observations. This morning there was an "on duty" adult on the shingle, and at least one other adult on the other side of the road near port gate 6. This evening I couldn't see any on the beach but there was an adult behind gate 6 calling repeatedly. Appears one pair at least has taken young inside the port compound.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Steve Gilbert
22 Jul 2014 Birding on the Peninsula   more...

We spent the morning around Medmerry walking from the Easton Lane car park. Very warm although a breeze from the north kept the temperature down in the morning to around 24C. Feeding along the newly sown sea wall near the car park, we counted 20 Clouded Yellow butterflies although oddly enough none others were counted on the walk down to the sea! Two Green Sandpipers and three Common Sandpipers, still a few Avocets and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks on the wader pools at the southern end. Eight Med and 20 Yellow-legged Gulls loafing on the drier part of the saltmarsh. We found the pair of Black-winged Stilts with the young birds out on the saltmarsh although the heavy heat haze prevented us from making a definitive count. On the walk back we had an odd record - an adult White Wagtail - and on the rock groyne a very juvenile Wheatear!

At Church Norton by now the temperature was soaring to 28C in the shade so we sat on the benches and watched the terns etc in the harbour - 110 Sandwich, 20 Common and three Little Terns with 20 Med Gulls. A few Dunlin and four Whimbrel. On Sidlesham Ferry only one Avocet, two Dunlin and two Black-tailed Godwits. By now it was unbearable with the temperature peaking at 29C on the peninsula so we set off for home. Back in Worthing the wind had changed to the SW and temperature was  only 23C. (Bernie Forbes, Dave Smith & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Bernie Forbes
22 Jul 2014 Wheatear and Quail   more...

Summer is over!! Wheatear at the back of Seaford. Quail heard calling in the valley in the barley fields halfway between High and Over and Bo Peep.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Bob Eade
22 Jul 2014 Hope Gap   more...

The autumn campaign began fairly well - in Hope Gap at least although there was little to be seen around Harry's Bush or up the concrete road. Perhaps the highlights of the morning's walk between 06.30 and 09.00 were 11 Sedge Warblers (it is some time since I have seen so many on a single circuit) and a Garden Warbler. Also recorded were 15 Chiffchaffs (including one extraordinarily grey bird), 4 Willow Warblers, 8 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 14 Swallows along with a Whimbrel flying E along the cliffs. Soon after returning home a single flock of 22 Swifts was observed screaming high over the house - no doubt some of the large number of Swifts gathering over the town in the last two days.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Bob Self
21 Jul 2014 Red Kites at Chantry Lane   more...

It was indeed a nice Whimbrel at Warnham and we were lucky that my brother was able to identify it for us. Later, at Chantry Lane, near Storrington, we were to be blessed with no less than five Red Kites circling together over the freshly cut cereal crop.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Martin Pollard
22 Jul 2014 Urgent - Swifts in Billingshurst   more...

Can anyone who lives in or near Billingshurst please volunteer to count the number of Swifts using a building in Station Road, Billingshurst? We need to ascertain this number before they leave at the end of the month. Contact Audrey for more details at swifts@sos.org.uk or telephone 01444 471358.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Audrey Wende
22 Jul 2014 Cuckmere

An excellent morning in the Cuckmere, one of my best ever for July! Nine species of wader including two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers (briefly on the lagoon with narrow parallel islands just south of the Oxbow lakes), Greenshank, two Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, six Common Sandpipers and a Ringed Plover. Also a Corn Bunting (not at all regular here), a briefly in-the-open Water Rail on the scrape and six Sand Martins.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Liam Curson
21 Jul 2014 Inland Whimbrel   more...

A stunning adult Whimbrel was present at Warnham LNR in Horsham this afternoon and was still present on the raft best viewed from Tern Hide at 5.00pm. The reserve is open from 10am to 6pm and entry is £1.50 per adult.

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by J Everitt
21 Jul 2014 Lower Cuckmere   more...

A few migrant waders this evening at low tide along the river below Exceat - two Common Sandpipers, 13 very confiding Dunlin and a Redshank, plus the usual flock of Curlews in the fields. Whimbrels were trilling all the time, mostly unseen, but finally a flock of eight went up and flew off NE. Covering both sides of the river is now a bit easier since the river mouth shifted so that it now flows through one of the wooden groynes! (see pic).

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Chris Barfield
21 Jul 2014 Quail

A singing male Quail this evening on Southwick Hill in the barley field to the west of the National Trust land. Also two singing Corn Buntings.

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Paul & Bridget James
21 Jul 2014 Arundel sightings

A good range of raptors the last couple of days with a Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk and male Peregrine seen over the garden yesterday afternoon; two Red Kites from Swanbourne Lake and three Buzzards in the Park this morning; rounded off by a Hobby over the Arun just south of Arundel this afternoon. The wader showing less impressive with only four Common Sandpipers, one Redshank and five Oystercatchers by the river to the south of the town, though a fly-through Ringed Plover at Swanbourne Lake was noteworthy.

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Martin Daniel
21 Jul 2014 Monarch's Way   more...

I retrod the Monarch's Way (which is so overgrown that perhaps has not been clipped since Charles II's flight in 1651!) and refound the whinchat (a male) in the wheat as yesterday but again it stayed mostly out of view and there was a lesser whitethroat at No Man's Land (pic attached), my first here I think this year. Hedgerows bursting with common whitethroats and brown butterflies.

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Alan Kitson
17 Jul 2014 Mynah

Waiting at the traffic lights at Bohemia Road, St Leonards I too saw a Mynah bird.

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Brian Grimes
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