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31 Jul 2015 Pagham North Wall   more...
Amongst the 100 or so Black-tailed Godwits on the Breech Pool was this Spotted Redshank (see photo). Also a Greenshank, a Yellow Wagtail, several Whimbrels seen and heard, and many Sand Martins and Swallows passing through.Posted on 01 Aug 2015 by Chris Barfield
31 Jul 2015 Adur Common Sandpipers   more...

Flock of 5+ common sandpipers flying down Adur river south of bridge near St Botolph's as tide coming in. Lots of common butterflies in area too, particularly on field edges.

Posted on 01 Aug 2015 by S Costeloe
30 Jul 2015 Fledgling Cuckoo, Pagham

Pagham North Wall: On Thursday evening, Ian Binden and myself enjoyed very fine views of a young cuckoo, which at first, I mistook for a raptor. The critter appeared to be fending for itself pretty well. A female was spotted loitering around the reedbeds here for a couple of weeks or so. she was last seen at the very beginning of July, so we've been keeping a careful lookout for her children. No repeat sighting today, but we have every hope that there are more young to come.

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Dave Illman
31 Jul 2015 Steep Down

Corn buntings galore and a covey of ca.15 grey partridges on Steep Down this evening.....and a glorious one it was too.

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Chris Corrigan
31 Jul 2015 Better than buddleia!   more...

Yesterday we walked and picnicked at Te Burgh and despite miles of hedgerows and colourful field-margins we were hard-pressed to find any small birds at all, a family of blackcaps and two chiffchaffs at the car park the best. However common butterflies were common, many clustered on the flowers of hemp agrimony which we reckoned to be more attractive to them than buddleia (pic attached).

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Alan Kitson & Miou Helps
31 Jul 2015 Cuckmere Haven   more...

A very pleasant stroll this morning at Cuckmere Haven down to the beach. Firstly we came across a very confiding flock of 8 dunlin feeding along the edge of the river and as we continued we flushed a common sandpiper before encountering another flock of 3 dunlin and a ringed plover with them. A flyover hobby as we chatted to a fellow birder was nice, also a distant flock of curlew over to the west of the valley numbering 15 or so that landed and good numbers of juv linnets and goldfinches on the thistles in the beach area. On the walk back to car we had one whimbrel, 2 ravens and a single avocet that dropped onto the scrape. Two greenshank as we neared Exceat bridge rounded off the morning nicely. Avocet image attached.

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Gareth & Roy Hughes
31 Jul 2015 Shoreham Ropetackle - Kingfisher

08:00 Ropetackle just south of railway bridge: a Kingfisher sitting on a mooring rope. Watched for about 30 secs before it flew off, skimming upriver. Also 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret and many assorted gulls.

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Bryn Davies
30 Jul 2015 Another wood warbler

Quite honestly I wasn't going to count it but in view of John and Doreen Cooper's wood warbler and now Martin Daniel's one (see below) I now say I had a wood warbler yesterday at about 11am in verge vegetation at the path-crossroads on the Downs north of Cissbury Ring at TQ 139095. It was alongside a chiffchaff and immediately said wood warbler (green above, yellow throat, big yellow supercilium, white belly) but I didn't get the legs nor bill colours....and then it was gone. We had seen four in Cyprus in April.

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 by Alan Kitson
30 Jul 2015 Arun south of Arundel

Willow Warblers were noted on the route from the end of July last year, so two today and three yesterday were not surprising. Much more surprising was a single Wood Warbler. Also 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, and a minimum of 8 Reed Warblers and 4 Sedge Warblers. Quiet on the wader front with only 4 Common Sandpipers and two Oystercatchers, although 4 Little Egrets was up from the 1-2 noted so far this year.

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 by Martin Daniel
30 Jul 2015 Birding on the peninsula   more...

Very pleasant day birding around Pagham Harbour; mainly sunny with a cooling unseasonal north west wind. The North Wall: small movement of House and Sand Martins west past the Breech Pool. Our first late summer Kingfisher dashing over the pool. Hiding with 20 Black-tailed Godwits an adult winter and adult summer plumaged Spotted Redshank. Church Norton: 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 summer plumage Knot, 2 Sanderling, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover and 200 Dunlin. No sign of any Little Terns today with small numbers of Sandwich & Common Terns noted. (Bernie Forbes & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 by Bernie Forbes
30 Jul 2015 Worth Park Sandpiper

A Common Sandpiper was at Worth Park lake (Milton Mount) in Crawley this morning. The latest two baby Great Crested Grebes are doing well. Many Mallard ducklings of a wide range of sizes and ages.

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 by Tom Howard-Jones
29 Jul 2015 Gannet activity   more...

Whilst battling against the prevailing weather very heavy seas during a twelve hour sail from Dieppe to Brighton yesterday I observed a flock of at least 200 Gannets mid channel in the TSS area obviously in pursuit of a shoal of fish diving as they do best. At the latter stages just off of Seaford Head I counted a further 60 immature Gannets all of which showed various stages of wing colour change from brown to white. Obviously a breeding colony in France I presume.

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 by Barry Southon
29 Jul 2015 Ashdown Forest   more...

A quiet walk bird wise around the Old Lodge this morning, the highlight being a Stoat by the gate at the car park (picture attached).

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Phillip Wells
29 Jul 2015 Unusual garden tick in North Bersted, Bognor Regis   more...

Having lived at my present address for 30 years I had a first today in the form a of a Reed Warbler (pic attached) visiting my garden. I regularly get Reed Buntings but never before a Reed Warbler. My initial ID was either Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler purely because of the way it was skulking around my shrubs looking for insects and it was often on the ground looking up under the lowest leaves. Even though I live next to a drainage ditch lined with reeds and only a field away from a reed lined river the idea of being a Reed Warbler never entered my head. It was only by posting it in Sussex Birders on FB that the true ID came out thanks to Sandra.

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Graham Whitehead
29 Jul 2015 Shoveler trio again   more...

This afternoon at Waltham Brooks the three shovelers were on view albeit at the back and either asleep or preening vigorously with their massive beaks (pic of one attached). A green sandpiper here too and some sand martins passing through.

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Alan Kitson
29 Jul 2015 Quail at Steepdown   more...

Calls from John Dodd & Dave Sadler informing me of a Quail calling near Steepdown this morning induced me to visit the area later on. The Quail was calling from crop on the east side of Steepdown on a very steep slope at approximately TQ171075. Also noted in the area 4 pairs of Corn Buntings, 40 Linnets, pair of Stonechats and 2 Peregrines.

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Bernie Forbes
29 Jul 2015 Wood Warbler at Beachy Head

John Cooper found a Wood Warbler this morning, which proved difficult to catch up with. Initially seen at the lower end of Birling Lane, the bird then moved towards the top of the lane into the stunted trees there. A shot of the bird here:

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by LP
29 Jul 2015 Beachy Head

A stunning Wood Warbler showed briefly at Birling - details can be seen here:

Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by John & Doreen Cooper
28 Jul 2015 Staple Ash Little Owl   more...

Little owl was present at 12.05 in its' usual tree near Staple Ash Farm, near Chilgrove.

Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans
28 Jul 2015 Pulborough Brooks

The recent rain has put some water back on the Brooks which in turn has attracted some waders. On the North Brooks, at least seven Green Sandpipers, one Common Sandpiper, two Dunlin and four Little Ringed Plovers. They were sometimes difficult to spot and would disappear for long periods, no doubt caused by a marauding juvenile Peregrine and Sparrowhawk. A young Moorhen got a little too close to a Heron, which after some difficulty and dipping it in water swallowed it whole. Still the odd bit of song from Chiffchaff and Blackcap, but the Whitethroats were silent. A steady stream of Swifts going W and many more Swallows and Martins than of late. Even though it was quite windy there were a lot of butterflies as well.

Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by Gary Trew
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