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09 Feb 2016 Rodmell - Short-eared Owl

Good to see the Short-eared Owl still present late afternoon (thanks to Simon and Dick for pointing it out).

Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by Derek Barber
09 Feb 2016 Sparrowhawk

A male Sparrowhawk flew through our garden early this morning scattering the sparrows and goldfinches. He failed to catch any but remained sitting in a neighbouring cherry tree for a further five to ten minutes.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Rosemary Appleton
09 Feb 2016 2015 Sussex Bird Report - request for photos

I trust you enjoyed the 2014 Sussex Bird Report and my thanks goes out to all those that submitted photos to me for consideration for inclusion in the report...well I am now working on photos for the 2015 report so if you have any photos that have been taken in Sussex in 2015 and would like them to be considered please e-mail me at nickbcfc@yahoo.co.uk Many thanks for your continued support.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Nick Bond
09 Feb 2016 Arundel Park

A Hawfinch again in Arundel Park near the Duchess Lodge, but few other birds in the area with the main Pheasant feeding areas having moved elsewhere. Just four Yellowhammers and 10 Chaffinches in the area today.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Martin Daniel
09 Feb 2016 Birding around West Sussex   more...

A day's birding with Alan & Frank, old friends from deepest Surrey. Our first stop at Selsey Bill was birdless; moving on to Church Norton we had a couple of Peregrines sitting out on the small island. A mass panic over the harbour was attributed to a marauding Merlin that flew around high for some minutes before locking onto unseen prey somewhere towards the Ferry where we lost it in a steep dive! Standing on the inner beach, we were amazed at the huge swell with massive surf breaking through the Church Norton spit near the old harbour entrance (see attached photo). From the tramway at least 12 Avocets roosting and 160 Pintail in the harbour. At Chichester Marina the Black Brant was feeding in the field with a large Brent flock north of the entrance road. West Dean Woods: pair of Little Owls sitting in their favourite larch tree just before Stapleash Farm. Up the Monkton track: Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit, 40 Redwings, 50 Linnets and 5 Hawfinches with a pair of Ravens flying north. (Bernie Forbes & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Bernie Forbes
09 Feb 2016 Blackcap on apple   more...

We have a male Blackcap feeding voraciously on apples placed on a small tree in our Lewes garden. He has been around every day for the past month. No female seen this year (as yet). Photo attached.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Chris Roach
09 Feb 2016 You wait ten years for a jack snipe...

…and then three come along in a month! I was delighted to find two more jack snipe on my favourite West Weald heath today, following my first there on 18th January (and a common snipe on 6th February). Equally pleased to see - and especially hear - my first singing woodlark of the “spring”. This bird was already paired, and there may have been a second male present as well. The other highlights were two flocks of common crossbills – one of 4 and one of 13 birds. The former certainly included an adult male and female, and whilst I couldn’t see the other two birds clearly, it may be that they were juveniles and that this was a family party. Soaring stuff comprised 7+ buzzards and one each of red kite, sparrowhawk, kestrel and raven.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Dave Burges
08 Feb 2016 Sea air so very bracing!   more...

This morning on Pagham Lagoon three goldeneyes (one ad male), a pair of mergansers and five pochard (two ad males) and a dozen Med gulls (pic attached of four and one black-headed gull second from right). Through the force 10 - 11 wind battled on to the hide and saw not much, an albino black-headed gull (all white save for black under-primaries) being of note.

Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by Alan Kitson
08 Feb 2016 Pagham Harbour (North Wall)   more...

In spite of the violent-storm-force wind I ventured here and found, on the Breech Pool, the female tufted duck which has a female scaup-like white facial hoop to be out in the open (pic attached ....need I say more!). In an adjacent field some 2500 dark-bellied brent geese were grazing, among which, despite scoping until I was blue in the face, I found no congeners and virtually no juveniles at all.

Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by Alan Kitson
07 Feb 2016 Going for Gold at Pulborough   more...

A very windy Sunday meant I was unlikely to see the Short-eared Owl. However it was the smaller birds that delighted, and none more so that the usually elusive Goldcrest. Walking up the relatively sheltered and sunny (at the time!) Adder Alley, I saw this Goldcrest (pic attached) behaving like a flycatcher on a group of midges at about head height above the pathway.

Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by Yvonne Taylor
07 Feb 2016 Mill Hill   more...

Two Peregrines high over Mill Hill about 9.30am.

Posted on 08 Feb 2016 by David Phillips
07 Feb 2016 Newhaven Tidemills

Very strong cold wind. Two Purple Sandpipers and 3 Turnstones on East pier. Three Stonechats in scrubland, 4 Curlew over, Redshank, 10 Greenfinches behind beach, Kestrel hunting. Highlight was my 1st British Black Redstart feeding on waste land next to the large blue shed. At the Ouse Estuary Project saw a Green Woodpecker, 18 Teal, 3 Linnet, Snipe and had 2 heard-only Water Rails in the reeds.

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Elliot Dowding
06 Feb 2016 SOS Outing to Dungeness

Despite the poor weather forecast it was great to be joined by 14 SOS members for the annual winter field outing to Dungeness. We made a good start with a pair of Peregrines over the power station before a short seawatch where we added Razorbill, Guillemot, Red-throated Diver and lots and lots of gulls. Due to the strength of the wind we beat a hasty retreat back to the cars and headed on to the relative shelter of the fishing boats. The first winter Glaucous Gull was soon found and showed beautifully. The sea produced closer views of Razorbill, Guillemot, Gannet and Brent Geese, already heading north, plus a couple of Common Scoters. Further scrutiny of the various gull roosts came up trumps when we found a first winter Caspian Gull. On to ARC and a fly over Bittern was seen by some of the group but all of us got on to a distant redhead Smew and the many Marsh Harriers in the area. At the entrance to the main RSPB reserve we saw Tree Sparrow and again at the bird feeders near the Visitor Centre (but where were the Moorhens?).

After lunch we headed in to the main reserve where plenty of Goldeneye were present including some fantastic males. One of the Long-eared Owls took a bit of finding at its daytime roost but eventually we had all scopes trained on this excellent bird. A lone redhead Smew was observed close to one of the hides and the 'not to be missed' Great White Egret was finally seen well by everyone. In addition a few Golden Plover were seen flying around within a large Lapwing flock. A brief look for some of us at a pair of Bearded Tits and a close singing Cetti's Warbler ended proceedings for the day and we headed back to the car park, some of us again paying our respects to the Long-eared Owl on the way out. The rain held off and we managed a respectable 66 species on a really good day's birding.

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Derek Barber & Mike Scott-Ham
07 Feb 2016 Henfield Levels addenda!   more...

As well as the sightings posted by Alan & Miou, the small group of SDOS walkers encountered a Raven and enjoyed watching a Coal Tit performing his song atop a conifer in the first part of the walk. We ventured a little way up river from Stretham where apart from nearly being blown over by the strong wind, we were delighted to see 2 Green Sandpipers fly up from the overflow pit. On the way back up the Downslink a lump in a field to the east turned out to be a Peregrine - a passing Henfield resident asked what we were looking at and said "WOW" when she saw it through the 'scope!

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Val Bentley
07 Feb 2016 River Cuckmere   more...

A walk from Exceat Bridge produced a single Water Pipit on the river bank just north of Charleston Reedbed.

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Jamie Wilkinson
07 Feb 2016 A new Blackcap appears...   more...

A female Blackcap arriveds in my garden this afternoon, feeding on the sliced apples that I provide each winter in a fat-ball container. The male Blackcap that appeared on 21st December was only present until 23rd December, feeding on apples during his three-day stay.

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Malcolm Le Grys
07 Feb 2016 Henfield Levels (East side).   more...

In sunshine we saw the 1000 or more lapwings posted recently by Val Bentley (and to boot bumped into the observer herself et al!) but no other waders, while the duck ponds held some 10 wigeon, 15 teal, pair of gadwall, four pintail (pic attached of a pair), one dabchick and five coot and there were 17 cormorants standing in soldierly fashion and geese were 30 greylag and 15 Canada.

Posted on 07 Feb 2016 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
06 Feb 2016 Rodmell

A late afternoon visit to Rodmell and I had 8 or more Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest at the water treatment works. Also, a flock of Corn Buntings and three Buzzards sitting on various fence posts - alas no Short-eared Owl for me yet. Whilst walking back to the car I saw a large flock of Starlings in the distance and in the midst of it was an extremely pale one, which stuck out like a sore thumb.

Posted on 06 Feb 2016 by Phillip Wells
06 Feb 2016 Milton Hide, near Arlington   more...

A marsh tit at Milton Hide, near Arlington was the highlight of a very squelchy walk to Michelham Priory and back. Also goldcrests, 11 redwings, a buzzard and a sparrowhawk.

Posted on 06 Feb 2016 by Chris Bird
06 Feb 2016 Shoreham

This morning I popped to Widewater and saw a redshank and an active pair of mergansers, then to the Harbour mouth where two purple sandpipers roosted out of the fierce wind on the middle jetty, then, turning into the airport road off the roundabout I saw a skein of geese high up going N to S, so stopped and just got my bins on them before they dropped lower behind trees going SE down the course of the Adur and I could see them to be grey geese and likely white-fronted geese.

Posted on 06 Feb 2016 by Alan Kitson
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