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20 Oct 2014 Castle Water   more...

A great day spent at Castle Water with the White-winged Black Tern putting on a superb show. The three Little Stints were also still there. More at http://bobsbutterflies.blogspot.co.uk

Posted on 21 Oct 2014 by Bob Eade
20 Oct 2014 Ring Ouzels Galore

What a treat! This morning I had the pleasure of watching a flock of ten flighty and vocal Ring Ouzels feeding in hawthorns and on the ground in a scrubby field next to my garden in Fairlight. They flew off in a westerly direction towards Hastings Country Park.

Posted on 21 Oct 2014 by Trevor Forward
20 Oct 2014 Hawfinches

This afternoon at Rusper Church a pair of Hawfinches flew low over the churchyard, very close to where I was standing. It may be the same pair I saw this last springtime. This is the 3rd time I've seen them.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Chris Collins
20 Oct 2014 Belle Tout & Rodmell   more...

Delighted to find a Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes just W of Horseshoe Plantation at 09.40 this morning, the big yellow supercillium and wing bars really marking it out from the adjacent Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, incredibly fast and active, flitting around inside the bushes. Continued my walk past Hodcombe & round Shooters Bottom, noting seven Ring Ouzels (three put up from garden of Hodcombe by a passing Sparrowhawk), four Corn Buntings, 100+ Skylarks, but no swallows today. Visited Rodmell on way home, where there was a Water Pipit, preening on a straw bale in the company of several Meadow Pipits which it rather dwarfed - a lucky find. A single Cetti's Warbler calling from nearby ditch, also farther out in field four Stock Doves.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Colin Holter
20 Oct 2014 Ravens near Crowborough   more...

Pair of Ravens calling and flying fast and low over our house this afternoon - heading NW towards Crowborough town.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Neal Ward
20 Oct 2014 Seaford Head   more...

As the very strong winds predicted by the weather forecast last night did not materialise I abandoned the idea of Splash Point which yesterday yielded only a passing female Red-breasted Merganser and a few Gannets and made my way to Seaford Head. The most striking feature of the circuit today was the sheer number of Wood Pigeons to be seen in large flocks passing early morning - a regular phenomenon at this time of year but impressive for all that. The birds did not appear to be going in any one direction but by my count there were over 450 in several large flocks. In addition, I counted at least 75 Stock Doves in two flocks. Beyond this the highlights were 5 Ring Ouzels (in Hope Gap and near Harry's Bush); 4 Bramblings; 4 Woodlarks; 12 House Martins and 4 Swallows; 8 Goldcrests; a juvenile Wheatear; a female Blackcap; 4 Jays; 14 Chiffchaffs and a single Reed Bunting.

BTW, as late news for yesterday, a single Common Whitethroat in Hope Gap was unexpected - as were the two Pale-bellied Brents still present in the Lower Cuckmere with six other Brent (presumably the ones I reported last Wednesday). Also a single Ring Ouzel in the scrub adjacent to Harry's Bush.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Bob Self
20 Oct 2014 Arun south of Arundel

Two redhead Goosanders on the river in the afternoon. Also seven Little Egrets and a Water Rail. Appeared to have been a clear out of passerines since yesterday.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Martin Daniel
20 Oct 2014 Local birding   more...

Visit to Cissbury Ring this morning with most of the migrants having moved off. Only 6 Chiffchaffs although 10 Stonechats and late Whinchat were busy in the gorse. I could not find any Ring Ouzels or any other thrushes although another birder had a couple in the Rifle Butts. Despite a thorough search I was not able to re-locate them. Two Clouded Yellow butterflies. Brooklands Lagoon & park: 5 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail and 6 Tufted Duck on the lake, 5 Clouded Yellows.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Bernie Forbes
20 Oct 2014 Beeding Hill   more...

This morning while waiting for my car to be MOT tested in Golding Barn Industrial Estate I walked up to Beeding Hill and saw five or more ring ouzels mostly flinging themselves into bushes at the head of the valley at TQ 213102. From here to Truleigh Hill 12 stonechats. Picture attached of two ring ouzels at Cissbury Ring last Friday.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Alan Kitson
20 Oct 2014 Bramblings at Hastings Country Park, Fairlight   more...

Two Bramblings, maybe associating with a flock of ca. 25 Chaffinches, in the Quarry area this morning.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Robin Harris
20 Oct 2014 Yellow-browed Warbler at Belle Tout

A shot here of today's Yellow-browed Warbler at Belle Tout, other observers report two birds present.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by LP
20 Oct 2014 Farmland birds   more...

There were at least 14 woodlarks feeding on stubble in farmland west of Cuckfield this morning, along with at least twice as many yellowhammers and one very surprising wheatear. In another nearby field, newly planted last year as a vineyard, one woodlark was singing.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Helen Crabtree
20 Oct 2014 Red Kite

Yes!...Red Kite flying low down Park Avenue Keymer in the sunshine, followed by two crows ...a first for me in Sussex and above my own house!

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Beverley Gravett
20 Oct 2014 Wolstonbury Hill, Hurstpierpoint

At least eight Ring Ouzels seen this morning, feeding in the hawthorns around the dew pond in the rifle range.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Caroline Campion
20 Oct 2014 White-winged Black Tern   more...

... is still at Castle Water this morning, but just heard it's probably been there since 12th! Also there today, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, three Little Stints, two Ruff and the usual ducks and a couple of Pintail. Plus Clouded Yellow.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Barry Yates
18 Oct 2014 SOS Birling Gap/Shooters Bottom

Perhaps unexpectedly for a mid-October walk targeted on migrants feeding up in the coastal scrub for a Channel crossing, we started with sightings of Gannet distantly plunge-diving, bright white in the sun, perhaps brought closer to the coast by the south-south-westerly, and two flypast small groups of Oystercatchers heading E. There were also one, probably two Ravens prospecting on the cliffs. Thereafter as the thirteen of us walked in the direction of Horseshoe Plantation the sightings were more expected and included Stonechat; Goldfinch in small and large charms; Jackdaw (in large flocks); Skylark (15 or so); Meadow Pipits (around 5); E heading Swallows in an occasional small group (2 - 4); and a distant Buzzard. Horseshoe Plantation added Blue and Great Tit; Chiffchaff (3); Chaffinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker (2). The walk east from Belle Tout was relatively quiet bar corvids (Crow and Magpie), Herring Gull and a Kestrel. Shooters Bottom also appeared quiet although we had an occasional Robin but then the first Ring Ouzel - a female spending time in full view eating hawthorn berries - soon joined by others including at least one male with resplendent white gorget. Eventually our count reached a probable eight as we turned to head back and then almost immediately a dog put up a Short-eared Owl that was promptly harrassed by a crow and we had good views as it headed over the road before dropping down to the ground (apparently there were two that were put up by the dog). Thanks to all for good company - my species count was 23 for our walk.

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Mark Wright
19 Oct 2014 Peregrines hanging on!

Work continues on the Lloyds building at Durrington, with the scaffolding reaching the signs and ledges used by the Peregrines on the south side. Not so much progress on "the north face", so I was glad to see two Peregrines on that side today. They seem intent on staying so hopefully they will work around the development as it progresses.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 by Martin Boakes
19 Oct 2014 Swift sp at Castle Water, Rye

While watching for the White-winged Black Tern from Castle Water hide, myself, John King and at least one other person saw a Swift in the distance towards the E/NE. Given the distance, it was not possible to assign it to species. Apart from the tern, there were three Little Stints, two Ruff and a Water Rail seen from the hide.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 by Simon Linington
19 Oct 2014 Grey Phalaropes at Pulborough Brooks   more...

Many people enjoying the Grey Phalarope pair during a visit this afternoon. They were seen from The Hanger viewpoint throughout the afternoon and I managed to catch them in flight at 14.13 from Nettley's hide. Many Wigeon and Teal present along with smaller numbers of Gadwall and Shoveler. There were also up to eight Pintail and 5+ Black-tailed Godwits. After much scrutiny a couple of Bar-headed Geese, as well as a single Red-breasted Goose, were seen among the numerous Greylags and Canada Geese from Nettley's! A Little Egret and two Willow Warblers also put in fleeting showings on a fine autumn afternoon.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 by Edward Stubbs
19 Oct 2014 White-winged Black Tern

The moulting adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN still at Castle Water early afternoon from the hide and at the western end. Also three Little Stints from the hide and a Marsh Harrier.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 by Paul James
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