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18 Dec 2014 Arundel, Barnham and Climping

A quick look in at Waterwoods this morning yielded at least two Firecrests, three Goldcrests and two Marsh Tits in with the Long-tailed Tit flock. A Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little Egret were also present. The Whooper Swans were in their usual field with the Mutes at Barnham Court Farm. No sign of either the White-front or Tundra Bean Goose at Climping, though there were 15 Curlew in with the ca.1500 Brent Goose flock.

Posted on 18 Dec 2014 by Aaron Bowley
17 Dec 2014 A Buzzard in Eastbourne

Driving on the road from the hospital roundabout towards the Sainsbury's roundabout at 14.55 this afternoon when I glanced to my right and saw a buzzard standing on the grass verge. I'm not an expert and couldn't stop to look closely, so assume rather than know it was a common buzzard. My first in Eastbourne itself. Bring on the red kites!

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Richard Bugler
17 Dec 2014 Steyning sewage works & water meadows   more...

Afternoon visit to Steyning sewage works and water meadows; no sign of the Siberian Chiffchaff, just two Common Chiffchaffs. I guess the frost free, milder weather has dispersed the gathering of chiffs to a wider area. Three Water Rails squealing from the marsh behind the substation, seven Snipe, Stonechat and Common Buzzard. At the sewage works two Grey Wagtails. Taking the footpath east along the old railway track I found another two calling Water Rails in the wet woody thicket plus six Common Chiffchaffs and Bullfinch. Out on the brooks two Stonechats, another two squealing Water Rails (total of 7), 50 Fieldfares, and 36 Cormorants roosting on the pylons.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Bernie Forbes
15 Dec 2014 Video of the white-front with brents at Climping   more...

Short video of the white-fronted goose with brents at Climping 15/12/14 https://vimeo.com/114786589

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Mick Jenner
17 Dec 2014 Spoonbills at East Head   more...

Further to the recent sighting of the Spoonbills at East Head I have attached a distant shot of two of the three that were seen by the Chichester RSPB group.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Graham Whitehead
17 Dec 2014 Richard's Pipit   more...

After a 3 1/2 hour wait, the Richard's Pipit finally showed from 14.30 onwards in its' usual field on the west side of the road 500m south of Lookers Cottage. Also seen together on several occasions were two ringtail Hen Harriers, as well as at least four Marsh Harriers, two Short-eared Owls (from 14.15), a pair of Ravens, a pair of Stonechats and a brown hare. A Cetti's Warbler was heard calling.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Paul James & Bob Hastings
17 Dec 2014 Barnham, Arundel

Four Whooper Swans still at Barnham in afternoon at end of Church Lane then footpath west to view. Earlier today, by the Arun south of Arundel, a Merlin and a Peregrine.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Martin Daniel
17 Dec 2014 Widewater Lagoon

Kingfisher, a few teal, five red breasted mergansers - two males and three females - one little egret and two little grebes under someone's garden decking on the north side at the western end.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Justin Norman
17 Dec 2014 Birds on stubble   more...

I did one of my SWBS squares (Eridge Forstal) today and was amazed at the large number of birds on an extensive area of arable land just south of Broadwater Warren. For the first time in my regular visits the stubble had been left on what must be 100 acres of harvested cereal. The mild winter had encouraged a good growth of grasses and "weeds". For a decidedly inland farmland site I think 234 Redwings, 88 Black-headed Gulls, 66 Skylarks, 61 Carrion Crows, 43 Stock Doves and 14 Meadow Pipits plus smaller numbers of other species is quite a good endorsement of the value of winter stubble.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Bill Harvey
17 Dec 2014 Sovereign Harbour   more...

Three black redstarts inc one male this pm on outer harbour arm. Also there one oystercatcher, 12 ringed plovers, six dunlin and small flocks of linnets and pied wagtails.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Richard Bown
17 Dec 2014 RSPB walk East Head   more...

Fifty-one species recorded on the Chichester RSPB local group walk. Highlights were good views of three unringed Spoonbills (feeding and moving!) - possibly two juvs and an adult - near the crabbing pool behind East Head car park. Good numbers of teal, wigeon and redshank, and one black-tailed godwit. On the shoreline sanderling, oystercatcher, dunlin, turnstone and grey plover. Red-breasted Mergansers in the harbour. Raptors - buzzard, kestrel and a sparrowhawk. Stonechats perched on posts for the group. Small flock of fieldfares and redwings seen towards Ellanore. For details of future walks see our website www.rspb.org.uk/groups/chichester

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Kerry Jackson
17 Dec 2014 Steyning SF and Henfield Levels   more...

At the Steyning sewage works I didn't see either Siberian chiffchaff but attach now another pic from yesterday to show again how remarkably different they are from common chiffchaff. Today up on Henfield Levels were some 160 duck, mostly teal and a few wigeon, pintail and shoveler and an adult peregrine spent a long while preening on fence posts.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Alan Kitson
17 Dec 2014 Jays

At 11am today I had four Jays at my peanut feeder in Hurstpierpoint. The most I have had in 15 years here.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Tony Bullock
17 Dec 2014 Bewick's Swan

Ten reported at Arundel WWT today (per BirdGuides)

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Luke Dray
16 Dec 2014 Kites and Ravens   more...

I checked the Red Kite roost last week and had 21 into roost. Today there were 27. To re-cap regarding this roost, 10 in 2011, 25 in 2012, 31 in 2013 and a minimum of 27 this year. With 27 different Red Kites one would have thought that this would be the bird of the day but no, it was Raven. I heard the Ravens a long way off but as I came close to a downland copse a large flock of Ravens flew out. Initially I had 3-4 close by to my right and a sizeable number in front of me. One of those to my right joined those in front and after a bit of cavorting they all headed purposefully to the east. There were 17 in this flock. So minimum 17 but maybe 19-20 Ravens. It seemed to me likely that this was a flock that was moving through, west to east. Later on I saw at least another six Ravens which I suspect were local birds. So possibly as many as 26 for the afternoon! An amazing number for Sussex but I suspect will be commonplace in another few years.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Martin Kalaher
16 Dec 2014 Pulborough Brooks

A very misty, murky morning developed into a wonderful bright sunny but very cold day. At West Mead hide it was difficult to see the newly created islands so it was difficult to give an accurate count of the Black-tailed Godwits as the drifted in and out of view, but probably about 80. Winpenny had five Snipe on view. Little Hanger hide had a further 65 Black-tailed Godwits with another two groups of at least 120 each further out. A solitary Dunlin and about eight Snipe and the usual pair of Stonechats visible from Nettley's and group of about 20 Chaffinches on the woodland floor behind the hide. Also noted around the trail were Bullfinches, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Redwing, Kestrel and Buzzards.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Gary Trew
16 Dec 2014 Pevensey Levels   more...

We decided to go for the Richard's Pipit over at Pevensey Levels which had been showing more regularly in the past few days. We arrived at Horse Eye Level via New Bridge to a picturesque white frost, with a male Marsh Harrier quartering one of the broad ditches. The first hour or so was without any sightings except for a few Meadow Pipits, three Stonechats and a singing Cetti's Warbler. Towards Rickney a lone Raven was seen, its call carrying a long way over the meadows, with at least two female Marsh Harriers hunting the broad rife to the east. Finding no sign of the large pipit around the area of the model plane runways, we checked out the fields immediately to the north, viewing from the road. Right away we located the Richard's Pipit feeding in the long grass, albeit a far way off at map ref TQ637095. We watched it for over 15 minutes before it disappeared amongst the long grass and the undulating water meadows. It was very obviously a large rangy pipit with an upright posture, heavy bill, striking supercilium and a noticeable pumping tail. After an hour's search it was refound closer to the road where I took my digiscoped picture (see attachment) feeding actively, searching for insects I guess, often running and lunging for prey in the grass. All very exciting and thanks to Geoff Gowlett for finding this delightful bird. Also noted nearby were a Short-eared Owl, Chiffchaff and five Common Snipe.

Returning via Jevington we had superb views of the Rough-legged Buzzard to the east of the road before coming overhead and patrolling the hillside to the west. Massive flock of 450 Stock Doves feeding with the corvids in the set-a-side fields with an estimated 500 Skylarks in the same vicinity plus three Stonechats. (Bernie Forbes & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Bernie Forbes
16 Dec 2014 Urban Common Buzzard - Brighton

A Common Buzzard today over Preston Park, Brighton, at 11.30. The bird was heading north - I was alerted by the local gulls that were unimpressed.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Tony Benton
16 Dec 2014 Lords Piece etc

As we got out of the car at Lords Piece, two Peregrines were heard calling as they flew overhead chasing each other, but not a lot else to report. Looked over Burton Mill Pond for about 20 mins as it got dark, no sign of a Bittern, but 30 Mandarins flew overhead obviously going to roost somewhere else, a few Pochard amongst ca.40 Tufted Duck and two Great Crested Grebes, also 45 Cormorants in the roost.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Paul Bowley
16 Dec 2014 Siberian chiffchaffs   more...

Around midday, in sunshine, at the Steyning sewage works two Siberian chiffchaffs, often in same f.o.v., in cypresses on N side of main gates but then in bushes along the lane (pic of one attached). Also some 10 to 15 common chiffchaffs here.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Alan Kitson
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