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04 Mar 2015 Thorney Deeps   more...

A first calendar Red Kite flew low over Thorney Deeps this morning at 10.10 before going NW towards Emsworth at 10.20.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by Barry Collins
04 Mar 2015 Warblers at Steyning   more...

In my garden the female blackcap drank from and washed in a sunken saucepan (pic attached) and at the sewage works both Siberian chiffchaffs (as reported by Sandra P two days ago) and say 15 common chiffchaffs were along the lane.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by Alan Kitson
04 Mar 2015 Back on the Levels in time for ..

After a couple of months away in France, I managed a quick walk around the usual section of the Levels near Herstmonceux Church and Castle. Highlights were a solitary Peregrine flying low, two flocks of Teal totalling at least 60+ birds, a Kingfisher along one of the usual ditches (not nesting habitat as there are no high banks anywhere near) and unusually, a Green Sandpiper from the edge of the ditch south of the Castle. Little else of note apart from a solitary Snipe which flew up, a few Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings but no sighting anywhere of any Fieldfares or Redwings. On a choppy Dieppe-Newhaven crossing yesterday (Tues) morning, just 20 Gannets, 4 Fulmars, a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls on the sea and a handful each of Herring Gulls and Kittiwakes near Seaford Head. There may well have been more to see mid-Channel but the outside decks of the ferry were out of bounds due to the rough seas and the view through the ship's lounge bar window was partly obscurred by spray!

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by Mike Mullis
04 Mar 2015 Henfield Levels again   more...

The birds that Alan saw around yesterday were still there this morning, though I did spy 3 Snipe today, and as I was scanning the floods two more birds with white rumps and wing bars flew across and landed - two Black-tailed Godwits, which immediately popped their heads under their wings and had a kip. And has anyone lost an Eagle Owl? One reported by two observers via our Henfield Birdwatch e-mail group. It was lurking on a roof near the parish church yesterday evening.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by Val Bentley
04 Mar 2015 Sovereign Harbour Blackspot

The wintering female black redstart was busily feeding this morning, from the fence-line of the nearest block of flats to the Martello Tower to the western arm of Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 by Nick Pope
03 Mar 2015 Little Egrets in Horsham   more...

I was surprised to see two rather tame Little Egrets in the small park behind Sainsburys in Horsham on my lunchtime walk today.

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by Ralph Simpson
01 Mar 2015 Medmerry gull roost   more...

In cereal field roughly 300m north of the Medmerry bank (just south of Porthole Farm), I and five friends found a roost of up to 100 smaller gulls. A large proportion of the birds nearest to us turned out to be Mediterranean Gull, many in the process of moulting into summer plumage and so easily recognisable by their pale wing-tips, emerging fully hooded black head and white eye ring. On a fairly quick count I was able to reach a total of 30 Med Gulls, and there may well have been more further into the field. This alongside maybe the same number of Black-headed Gulls, generally grouped further back in the field and not so advanced in moult, 10-20 Common Gulls and a couple of Herring Gulls. Although Mediterranean Gulls are frequently reported in this area, to see so many in a single roost seems to be quite unusual?

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by Mike Norman
03 Mar 2015 Another feature of tristis   more...

ARK and anyone else who is interested might want to see a photo of the Siberian Chiffchaff at Lavant SF showing faint lateral crown stripes on my blog

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by George Heath
03 Mar 2015 Red Kite   more...

Single Red Kite flying slowly over centre of Haywards Heath, mid-Sussex, on NE - SW trajectory. Very clear. Two years ago I watched three Buzzards on the same route, at roughly the same time (2.15pm).

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by Helena Carter
03 Mar 2015 Henfield Levels 2   more...

The perishing wind got the better of me yesterday and although not much less of a problem today I was at least wearing proper clothing! On the walk down from Nep Town nuthatches were duetting and a great spotted woodpecker giving his mistle thrush-like rattle, while on the floods under Rye Farm lots of lovely ducks - say 40 each of pintail (pic attached) and shoveler, 80 each of wigeon and teal and 10 each of gadwall and mallard; also say 40 each of greylag and Canada goose, eight coot and two moorhen, four grey herons and one little egret and some 80 lapwing and a single snipe seen by Val B and her dog.

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by Alan Kitson
02 Mar 2015 Henfield Levels 1   more...

A drake shoveler with a malformed bill, the mandibles extended distally and crossing over and up (upper mandible) and down (lower mandible). Picture attached showing the upturned upper mandible at least.

Posted on 03 Mar 2015 by Alan Kitson
02 Mar 2015 Steyning SF   more...

Despite the biting wind, the birds around Steyning Sewage Farm showed well this morning. I finally caught up with the two Siberian chiffchaffs; both birds were showing well (see attached photo), as were about 10 common chiffchaffs, 20+ pied wagtails, a goldcrest, blue, great, and long-tailed tits, chaffinches, starlings, dunnocks, blackbirds, house sparrows, a wren and a male bullfinch. For more photos of the Sibes, please visit

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 by Sandra Palme
02 Mar 2015 Lower Cuckmere   more...

The lower Cuckmere valley looked more like the Camargue today, with many of the fields completely under water. The large gull flocks held many Lesser Black-backed Gulls as well as the other common gull species, but I couldn't find anything more interesting amongst them. There were several Shovelers and Pintails amongst the Wigeon, both unusual here. Best birds were a group of Barnacle Geese (see photo) - a family group?

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 by Chris Barfield
02 Mar 2015 Pagham Harbour

A windy day at Pagham Harbour gave us 3 Spoonbills, an adult and 2 juveniles so they could possibly be the same ones we saw at Medmerry on 27th Feb. In the harbour we found a male Goldeneye and amongst the Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Grey Plover there were at least 12 Knot. On the beach we found 5 Mediterranean Gulls whilst on the sea there was one Slavonian Grebe and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 by Dave & Jean Killick
28 Feb 2015 Medmerry

Many thanks to Andrew House for his notes about three Green Sandpiper which he saw at Medmerry. These were not the birds I saw: in particular, the two birds that I saw clearly had fine, decurved, bills, not the straight bills of a Green Sandpiper.

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 by Dr Brenda Child
28 Feb 2015 SOS at West Rise Marsh

Six of us braved miserably cold wet windy conditions to join an equally brave David Jode at West Rise Marsh, the site apparently of the second largest Bronze Age settlement in Europe and as it turns out some Water Buffalo. Since the walk involved splashing through a lot of mud, water and wandering through reed beds David had enlisted the help of Sedley Underwood, to ensure all of us returned to the start. Despite the conditions in between wiping rain from optics, remarkably we spotted birds and most would have had a damp list of around 25 by the end that included reasonable numbers of: Wigeon; Shoveler; Teal; Mallard; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Coot; Lesser Black-backed Gull (along with Black-headed and Herring Gull). Also seen was a distant Snipe and Little Grebe, a murmuration of Starling and the only raptor: a Kestrel. Not bad under the circumstances!

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 by Mark Wright
01 Mar 2015 Widewater and the Adur   more...

Widewater late morning had one male Red-breasted Merganser (which later flew off to the west), 14 Little Grebes, one Little Egret, four Teal, two Redshanks and three Mute Swans. About half of the 20 or so Black-headed Gulls were in breeding plumage. Two or three Skylarks singing around the eastern margin of Shoreham Airfield. Thirteen Ringed Plovers on the Adur near the Toll Bridge, and two pairs of Linnets in the saltmarsh.

Posted on 01 Mar 2015 by Steve Gilbert
01 Mar 2015 Waltham to Iping

After a disappointing walk around Rackham Woods I was hoping for more luck at Waltham sewage works. Standing by the main gate to the works the bushes were alive with birds. Many chiffchaffs darted in and out of the bushes I also picked out one firecrest amongst the goldcrests. One Siberian chiffchaff was later singing away. Later in the afternoon I visited Iping Common and caught up with the great grey shrike.

Posted on 01 Mar 2015 by Lee Beadell
01 Mar 2015 Bramblings at Petworth Park   more...

A mixed flock of 30+ Brambling and Chaffinch was moving between the large beech trees, could have mistaken them for leaves in the wind.

Posted on 01 Mar 2015 by Joseph Monkhouse
01 Mar 2015 Selsey Peninsula   more...

Possibly 5 different Spoonbills (pic of one attached) and 4 Green Sandpipers on the peninsula today, plus a Short-eared Owl at Church Norton and a Black-throated Diver off Selsey Bill. For full details of a busy weekend, see the Selsey Birder blog Also, could I politely suggest that the Curlew Sandpipers reported at Medmerry yesterday, by Dr Brenda Child, were in fact Green Sandpipers. They do indeed have a white rump, a long bill and are larger than a Dunlin, but they are also vocal when flushed, dark in colour and three shot out of the creek this afternoon exactly where they were seen yesterday.

Posted on 01 Mar 2015 by andrew house
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