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22 Oct 2014 Merlin

A Merlin flew low across the A259 between the Seven Sisters Country Park and Friston mid afternoon heading north.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Alastair Gray
22 Oct 2014 Cissbury Ring

Southeast of the ring at 10.30 were at least three Ring Ouzels, two Redwings and some Blackbirds. Difficult to be more precise on the ouzels. We saw clearly one male, one female and one juv, all in the berries. From the NT car park take the wide track going up the SE side. They were all in the bushes on the top left, about 50yds from the field at the back.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Terry Priest
22 Oct 2014 Lancing Ring to Cissbury Ring

Steep Down had a surprise of eight Stonechats in a tight group, the most I've seen here since the last big freeze. A Wheatear also. The Cissbury area held three Ring Ouzels and at least ten Stonechats, a lone Wheatear and a handful of Chiffchaffs. Four Red Admirals braving the relatively cold breeze.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Lindsay Morris
22 Oct 2014 Seaford Head   more...

Seaford Head held the good mix of birds this morning. Proceedings began well with a Merlin racing low across the meadow just west of the barn as I arrived but the real highlight of the circuit was of very handsome (and unusually late) Lesser Whitethroat in the bushes at the top of the fence line beside Harry's Bush. The 10- year average last sighting for this species is 11 October. Beyond this there were still a large number of Wood Pigeons (700) and Stock Doves (90) flying over but apparently going nowhere in particular – and there were reasonable numbers of Skylarks, Swallows (18), Redwings (7), Song Thrushes (8) and Mistle Thrushes (5). There were also at least 17 Chiffchaffs recorded.

Unfortunately, all of these pale into insignificance when compared with Tony Cook's absolutely stunning Red-breasted Flycatcher at Beachy Head in the old trapping area - and the pleasure was enhanced still further by the presence of a Short-eared Owl over the site soon after my arrival.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Bob Self
22 Oct 2014 Red-breasted Flycatcher - Beachy Head.   more...

A photo of the male RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER in the old trapping area at Beachy Head found this morning (not by me!).

(Still present at 16.20 this afternoon - Ed)

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by LP
22 Oct 2014 Feathers, Salehurst   more...

Our first sure sighting of a Redwing this morning and a rare visit from a Song Thrush shortly after. Mistle Thrushes are certainly a more regular sighting, a pair around again today. Possibly the same Song Thrush was spotted later, unfortunately at the claws of a female Sparrowhawk who eventually took off with it. Most surprising was a late record of a young Swallow (pictured), hawking in the blue sky most of the morning before heading off. Just one Grey Wagtail today, still nice that they're around and have been for the past month or so now. A flock of Long-tailed Tits popped in briefly along with a few Goldcrests which are almost a daily occurrence. The feeders in the Nature Area are getting busier still, with over a dozen each of Goldfinches and Greenfinches.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Joe Rawles
22 Oct 2014 Wood pigeons

Over Crowhurst Park and flying due S were 11 flocks of wood pigeons totalling 400-500 birds.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by B Grimes
22 Oct 2014 White-winged Black Tern

The WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN was still at Castle Water at midday and a dozen House Martin were flying into the chilly NW wind.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Barry Yates
22 Oct 2014 Widewater   more...

On the Widewater Lagoon, Lancing this morning was a greenshank (pic attached), 18 little grebes, six teal and three swallows.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Alan Kitson
22 Oct 2014 Southwick and Hove   more...

At 8.00am a Kingfisher at the Southwick lock gates and two Peregrines around the power station chimney. Five Linnets nearby. A Little Egret in flight at Hove Lagoon.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Steve Gilbert
20 Oct 2014 Yellow-browed Warblers

Apologies for the late posting but there were two Yellow-browed Warblers in the Horseshoe Plantation at Beachy Head early afternoon on Monday 20th October. One very bright and one dull individual. Also 20+ Ring Ouzels and two Dartford Warblers around the Shooters' Bottom area.

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Derek Barber
21 Oct 2014 Splash Point   more...

Like Selsey, strong winds raised hopes which proved to be unfulfilled. An hour and a half from first light produced nothing but several flocks of Brent and a few Gannets - and a thorough soaking from both rain and sea spray. An hour before dusk was almost equally devoid of birds beyond a couple of Little Gulls on the shoreline.

Posted on 21 Oct 2014 by Bob Self
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
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