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24 Apr 2014 Great Black-backed Gulls nesting again   more...

Great Black-backed Gulls are nesting again on Slipper Millpond, Emsworth despite considerable efforts by the pond owners to dissuade them. Wooden frameworks have been erected over each of the three rafts with wires stretching across as a deterrent. However, the gulls are determined creatures and today the female was sitting on a nest beneath the wires on the centre raft. It will be interesting to see how they manage. This is the third year the Great Black-backed Gulls have nested here, producing two and three youngsters respectively in previous years. Although they are magnificent birds, and are uncommon nesters in our region, they were very unpopular with local residents for their constant harassment of other nesting birds (mainly Coot and Mute Swans) and predation of chicks. For details about the last two years of nesting on Slipper Millpond see http://familyfellows.com/millpond-great-bb-gull.htm

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Brian Fellows
24 Apr 2014 Belle Tout   more...

A walk along the cliffs between the Horseshoe Plantation and the Belle Tout approach road produced two Corn Buntings and a newly-arrived Hobby which showed very well mid-afternoon.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bob Self
24 Apr 2014 Kite   more...

Just north of Whiteways Lodge car park on top of Bury Hill a red kite was hovering a few yards to east of the A29 at 13.00.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Anthony Wilson
24 Apr 2014 Birding around West Sussex   more...

A lovely warm spring day with a light west wind. Not much off the Bill, two Great Skuas E and a Great Northern Diver offshore. Otherwise a few terns moving back and forth and likewise for Common Scoter. Church Norton had 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Common Whitethroats and 3 Sedge Warblers at The Severals. Cuckoo flying around the Priory. Waltham Brooks had at least 3 Lesser Whitethroats in song plus 3 Hobbies hawking insects over the brooks high to the south. At Rackham viewpoint two Ravens flew low over calling and having fun together. (Bernie Forbes, Dave Smith & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bernie Forbes
24 Apr 2014 Arundel, Lidsey

This morning a Nightingale singing immediately south of Arundel between the river and Ford Road by the track between the two horse fields (TQ014067). Along the river for the first half mile south of Arundel 8 Sedge, 2 Reed and 3 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Redshank (mating), 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Reed Buntings, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Cuckoo. At Sack Lane, Lidsey and vicinity in the early afternoon 2 GLOSSY IBISES still, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Shoveler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and several Whitethroats.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Martin Daniel
24 Apr 2014 What a bird!   more...

Male whinchat is hard to beat don't you think! Picture attached of one such this afternoon along the Black Gutter, Steyning Levels.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Alan Kitson
24 Apr 2014 Widewater Migrants

A pleasant Spring day at Widewater did not produce that much but the following may be of interest. A small number of Swallows were seen coming in off the sea, with some just passing through, while others spent time hawking for insects over the lagoon. Of personal interest was the rather brief sighting of a Hobby, also coming in off the sea and passing overhead, inland towards the South Downs.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by David Holdstock
23 Apr 2014 Common sands

At Weir Wood two common sandpipers at the dam end.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Roger Jackson
24 Apr 2014 Brighton Pavilion Gardens

Much better day! A willow warbler (1 of 2) singing rather than the bad busker. A whitethroat and a stock dove too, plus a fox fast asleep in a flower bed as hordes of people walked by a few feet away. Now heres a funny thing. Last spring the migrants were almost always low down in the shrubs and borders (easy) but so far this spring this seem to be high up in the elms (hard!). Coincidence? Was I not looking up enough last year?!

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Chris Corrigan
24 Apr 2014 Pulborough Brooks

A noisy morning at the Brooks today with seven Nightingales, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler all competing for attention. Gadwall on N Brooks and at Westmead but star bird was the Wheatear at Westmead (thanks Graham).

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by John Underwood
24 Apr 2014 Splash Point and Seaford Head   more...

Arrived at Splash at 06.20 and saw scarcely anything until a dark phase Arctic Skua passed very close to the basket at 06.42. The heightened expectations were then sadly dashed over the next 2 hours until 08.40. During this period, we recorded only a few Brent geese (21), Common Scoter (32) and even fewer Sandwich Terns (2),Razorbill (2), Guillemot (1) and Swallows (4 in off). Waders were confined to a very distant flock of 50 possible Whimbrel and a single Knot along the beach. On to Seaford Head only to find as my first bird of the morning one of the most magnificently coloured summer male Whinchats I have ever seen along with eight Wheatears - including several very handsome males. Also a singing Corn Bunting at the same place by the muck heap. But then on to Hope Gap and Harry's Bush where small numbers of the usual Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were all that were to be seen along with up to seven Lesser Whitethroats. Overall, a morning of unfulfilled expectatiions.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Bob Self
23 Apr 2014 Warningcamp Cuckoo   more...

First Cuckoo of the year seen and heard flying freely around Warningcamp meadows today, very vocal and visible. Singing male Blackcap, a pair of Reed Buntings, a few Swallows and House Martins.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Biking Brider
24 Apr 2014 Cuckoo   more...

A cuckoo heard here in Old Heathfield.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Heather Maryson
21 Apr 2014 Old Lodge

Sorry a bit late. A walk around the reserve from 6pm in the evening produced three singing cuckoos, two of which flew past. Also two wheatears near the road and a male stonechat.

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Elliot Dowding
24 Apr 2014 Chichester RSPB   more...

Chichester RSPB local group. Thursday 24th April 2014. Nepal's Birds and Wildlife by Dr Jill Sutcliffe Time: 7.30pm at the The Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant Chichester, PO19 1SY Price: £2.50 members, £3.50 non-members. Call 01243 527757 for details.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Diana Grosvenor
23 Apr 2014 Splash Point

I have tried to amalgamate records from various sources to give today's totals for 8.5 hours at Splash Point, including Matt Eade's p.m. data: diver sp. 1, Red-throated Diver 3, Black-throated Diver 1, Gannet 35, Brent Goose 58, Pintail 1, Eider 2, Common Scoter 356, Oystercatcher 10W, Dunlin 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 68, Whimbrel 51, Pomarine Skua 3, Arctic Skua 10, Great Skua 24, Little Gull 4, Mediterranean Gull 2, Sandwich Tern 75, Commic Tern 43, Little Tern 3, Guillemot 2, Razorbill 2, auk sp. 2 and 1 Swallow in. Have I missed anything? The records for Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd are seriously incomplete, so if you have any figures other than those already published, please pass them on to me. Thank you!

(Also a Willow Warbler in off the sea that landed on the outfall briefly before heading N - Ed)

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Dick Gilmore
23 Apr 2014 Garganey at last

Finally caught up with the three Garganey at Pulborough Brooks (North) this morning - but boy were they elusive and thanks to John Dodd for assistance in getting me to the right spot! Three Nightingales on my way there.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by owen mitchell
23 Apr 2014 Lidsey Crane   more...

Well the COMMON CRANE was still there at 10.30 this morning (picture attached), gone a couple of hours later apparently. An added bonus were lots of Cetti's Warblers, probably up to a dozen, plus good numbers of Common Whitethroats.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Guy Michelmore
23 Apr 2014 Waltham Brooks   more...

Being chased around by barking dogs and a noisy tanker driving up to the sewage works was not my ideal early morning. But it did get a little better on the bird front. Nine Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, two Sparrowhawks and a Reed Bunting. Nightingale and Cuckoo heard only.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Lee Beadell
23 Apr 2014 Cuckoo

cuckoo heard at 5.30 this morning over Pulborough Brooks.

Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by anthony wilson
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