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31 Aug 2015 Climping

The Red-backed Shrike showing very well this evening until 18:00 at least. Viewed from the road and not bread lane. Images and todays totals on the blog.

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Bola Akinola
31 Aug 2015 Storks   more...

A report from Geoff Tilbury of 6 Black Storks and a White Stork circling high in the sky to the west of Cooden at 13.05 yesterday.

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Paul James
31 Aug 2015 Widewater and Shoreham Fort   more...

At HT on the shores of Widewater Lagoon were three little egrets, a juvenile shelduck and a roost of 15 redshank while on the water there were six little grebes - two adults in breeding plumage and four others in winter plumage that I think were likely first-winters, i.e. the young of the adults, the whole family reared here. At the Harbour from the Fort were 10 Sandwich terns roosting on the lifeboat pier, 22 turnstones either roosting on the middle pier or foraging in the seaweeds (pic attached) and four wheatears.

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Alan Kitson
31 Aug 2015 Arlington - a bit more   more...

Yesterday, in addition to the sightings posted below, we saw, from the dam, two hobbies insect-catching at 1 o'clock, up to ten buzzards soaring at a time and six common sandpipers. Pic attached of the first-winter Mediterranean gull at the western end at 14.30.

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
31 Aug 2015 RX Bird Race

The annual RX Bird Race will be on 27th September in the Rye area to raise money for Friends of Rye Harbour NR and Mallydams RSPCA - for details click here

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Barry Yates
30 Aug 2015 Climping

The red-backed shrike was still in the overgrown paddock at the bottom of Bread Lane at 5.45pm. Also 2 wheatears and a redstart. I didn't see the Church Norton bird but as it has been found the day the Pagham bird disappeared I assume it is the same bird. Or an amazing coincidence!

(People who saw both the Church Norton and Climping birds confirm that they are different. The Climping bird is still there this morning 31st August - Ed).

Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Chris Corrigan
30 Aug 2015 Upper Combe Valley   more...

09.00-11.30: I know we have had significant rainfall BUT all the watercourses were very high and sone adjacent land under water  -this does not bode well for the winter despite "storage lakes" etc (provided for the link road). At the conjunction with the 1066 path a Raven surrounded by 60+ Herring Gulls and later pestered by a male Kestrel. Large pulses of House Martins prob sev hundred birds replaced 30 mins later by a similar number of Swallows all proceding south. A sunlit hedgerow gave up a small migrant passage inc one Spotted Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat, several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler as well as numbers of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits and two fem/juv Blackcaps but they were all gone in three minutes. The rest of the walk was uneventful except for three Little Egrets stirring the margins of the aforementioned lakes.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by David Rogers
30 Aug 2015 The Burgh

10.00 - 12.00: From Canada Barn, a short walk produced a single female/juv type redstart, several willow warblers, an unseen lesser whitethroat, several common whitethroats, a garden warbler, and many grey and red-legged partridges (some with young of various ages). A fabulous hedgerow-cruising sparrowhawk stopped briefly on a post for us, and overhead were numerous buzzards, 3 kestrels and a red kite.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Pete Hughes and Alice Parfitt
30 Aug 2015 Migrants at Patching Hill   more...

A pleasing variety of migrants on Patching Hill early this afternoon included 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Whinchat, 3 Redstarts (including a smart male) and 2 Tree Pipits. A Hobby chased the Swallows on two occasions before finally carrying one away. 4 Yellow Wagtails were feeding around the horses in the paddocks.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Ralph Simpson
30 Aug 2015 Black Stork   more...

A couple of hours at Little Common recreation ground paid of at 11.45 this morning when the Black Stork rose in the east, to the annoyance of the local Buzzards, and then drifted over to the south west.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Mike & Karen Galtry
30 Aug 2015 SOS Outing to Arlington Reservoir

"We may be lucky but if not we shall have a pleasant and sociable walk" I told the 10 who joined me on an increasingly warming day for a stroll around the reservoir. We managed both. The star bird perhaps was a dapper Little Gull standing prettily aloof from the assembled Black-headed Gulls on the shoreline - a good spot a few minutes after we had started. Everyone got good views of it first standing and then dip-flying delicately over the water. Two Common Sandpipers were also found amongst the Black-headed Gulls. By the time we reached the eastern side of the reservoir we had added a possible Garden Warbler and Blackcap. Having reached the dam we had the delights of Redstart (3) before we took the footpath and added at least 12 Yellow Wagtails traditionally frequenting the feet of the cattle and a fine Charm of Goldfinch. Linnet bounced past, a Kingfisher along the Cuckmere and a Sparrowhawk over. For those with a Lepidopteran interest this part of the walk provided Gatekeeper, Small White, Meadow Brown, Green-veined White, Common Blue and Small Tortoiseshell but otherwise it was possible to add Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Mallard and House Sparrow to provide a walk tally of 41 with thanks to all.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Mark Wright
30 Aug 2015 Casual observations in Shoreham

A couple of hours doing little other than looking up at the sky is maybe worth doing from time to time. This afternoon a steady passage of hirundines, almost all Swallows, to the east. About 10 a minute, so probably around 1,200 in my line of sight between 3-5 pm. Jackdaws seemed to be enjoying pecking at the apples in the trees (ignoring the pears). A Sparrowhawk circling over, and later possibly the same bird landed briefly in the aforementioned pear tree before skimming off low over the houses. A Little Egret went over and, best of all, a Hobby flew past, perhaps after the Migrant Hawker dragonflies that have now appeared. Several Holly Blue butterflies also.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Steve Gilbert
30 Aug 2015 Lots more rain...some more birds....

...overnight and this morning at Blackdown. It was actually quite difficult to count the chiffchaffs and spotted flycatchers, but conservative estimates would be 40+ and 15+ respectively. Other migrants included 1 willow warbler, 2 whitethroats, 1 tree pipit and 18+ swallows. The highlights were 2 redstarts (one of which a cracking male which via a slightly bizarre and instant train of thought reminded me of white-throated robin!) and a female/immature wheatear - believe it or not a site first for the year for me!

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Dave Burges
30 Aug 2015 Beeding Brooks   more...

There had been a few Whinchats on the brooks this week but I wasn't expecting today's count of 23 (Somerset's local name of 'Dock Toppers' was very appropriate). Other migrants included 3 Redstarts (2 juvenile males), 11 Yellow Wagtails (amongst the black cattle) and a Wheatear. All topped off by a juvenile Marsh Harrier flying low and away to the south.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by David Buckingham
30 Aug 2015 Raptors at Beachy Head

Ca. 8 Common Buzzards during the day, and a Honey Buzzard in the company of 2 Common Buzzards that came over the cliff, flew directly over Hodcombe at 11.10 this morning giving great views and then flew off N. At 13.15 an Osprey flew over the garden. A Wryneck briefly in the garden, it flew off and was not seen again. Sprinkling of common migrants including a Common Redstart.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Roger & Liz Charlwood
30 Aug 2015 Little gull at Arlington   more...

We started our walk along the southern path at about 10.30. From the lookout, looking back into the western end, Miou spotted a bird we were at a loss to identify, stood apart from the gulls, on the shore, preening - was it a wader?, but no, it stretched a wing and it was a little gull, a juvenile, a very juvenile, barely out of the egg! - virtually all ginger-brown and dark capped, must get a pic, but as good birds will, it alone chose to fly off over the N shore (pic attached), over the wood and was not seen again.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
30 Aug 2015 Yellow wagtails at Arlington   more...

With cattle at the eastern end of the Res some 30 yellow wagtails foraging among the legs and around the lips of the great beasts (pic of some attached). Also here three redstarts and two lesser whitethroats.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
30 Aug 2015 Osprey at Arlington   more...

We were finishing our walk around the Res, now at western end when the gulls here (say 300 black-headed, three common and a juv/first winter Med gull and a redshank) flew up as one (but not the big gulls further out) and an osprey was overhead (pic attached), circled a bit then went off N at 14.11.

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Alan Kitson
30 Aug 2015 Red-backed Shrike   more...

Red-backed Shrike in the horse field at Climping today, big thanks to Nick Bond for the call. More photos on my website

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Dorian Mason
30 Aug 2015 Seaford Head   more...

Highlights this morning included a Wryneck (the Head's second of the autumn), Firecrest, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 5 Redstarts, 4 Whinchats and a good variety of other migrants. Full totals and pictures on the blog

Posted on 30 Aug 2015 by Matt Eade
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