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26 Feb 2017 Grey day at Arundel WWT   more...

Grey with drizzly squalls (my only raptors were a Common Buzzard and a Peregrine). Before 09:00 two Black-tailed Godwits flew in from the Black Rabbit end, appearing to land between Ramsar Hide and River Arun. There were 14 Lapwings outside Ramsar Hide at one stage in morning and the species was also seen later on grassland at Lapwing Hide and Arun Discovery. Wader-wise Ramsar Hide also produced at least 19 Common Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Redshank and a Common Sandpiper; latter popped over from Arun and then flew back at 12:07. The gull loaf built up to nearly 390 Black-headed Gulls and 235 Common Gulls. Visitors to the loaf included three Herring Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull. Two Cackling Geese, seemed small enough and bronzy enough to suggest Ridgway's. Very yappy as they sailed through groups of Greylag Geese and Canada Geese. Flew in and out as a 'pair' not with other species. Songbirds rather quiet, but one of the Cetti's Warblers obliged with a dropping. 58 species (including squealing Water Rail which was not seen).

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by David Harper
26 Feb 2017 Newhaven to Seaford and Cuckmere Haven   more...

Along Mill Creek around 45 Dunlin and 25 Redshank, with a single pair of Teal. Also a female Kestrel and singing Skylark. At Tide Mills amongst the ruins the Serin was singing until a male Chaffinch took exception and scared it off. Thirty Dunlin were on the beach and 2 Great Crested Grebes on the sea. At Splash Point just 24 Kittiwakes at nest sites and 6 further birds on the sea. Also a Rock Pipit. A pair of Ravens displayed over Seaford Head, with a single female Stonechat at Hope Bottom. I didn't see the Twite at Cuckmere Haven but a dog flushed a Water Rail for me with compensated nicely. Fourteen White-fronted Geese, with the 9 Barnacles, and Cackling + hybrids were evident, as was a Peregrine. Back at Splash Point all the Kittiwakes had gone. Finally 7 Brent Geese flew E.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Adrian West
26 Feb 2017 SOS Outing Dell Quay   more...

Sixteen SOS members met in the lane at Dell Quay for our walk around the local area. The early morning rain had just cleared leaving a blustery mild morning with the occasional light shower and glimpses of sunshine. For the first part of the walk we set off along the harbour south towards Salterns Copse finding a few common birds such as Greenfinch , Goldfinch and a few Meadow Pipits plus singing Skylark. On the morning high tide we found 2 Goldeneye and the usual Great crested and Little Grebes out in the channel. Most of the ducks and waders were roosting out of the wind on the western shore where we could make out 3 Greenshank with a large flock of Redshank, 7 Grey Herons and 5 Little Egrets. At the reed bed at the Marina we heard at least one squealing Water Rail with a singing Cetti's Warbler, all remaining well hidden. In the field behind the copse a large feeding flock of Curlew was not easy to see although we had perhaps 60 birds drop in earlier. After lunch we re-assembled at Dell Quay finding another 4 roosting Greenshank. Walking north to Fishbourne Creek, plenty of duck were out feeding with a good number of Wigeon and smaller numbers of Teal and Pintail. Plenty of gulls were found with Black-headed, Common and Herring being fairly numerous. In addition, a small flock of Black-tailed Godwits flew over the channel. We did find a few Med Gulls which gave good scope views. Around the edge of the harbour a Jack Snipe was in its usual place with all the group managing flight views. A Grey Wagtail showed briefly along the shoreline and a few Yellowhammers were in a thick hedgerow. Despite a search around the horse paddock we could not locate the rest of the Yellowhammer flock. In the Apuldram car park a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard and we found a Goldcrest. It was perhaps not the best day's birding as many of the birds were a little distant, with only a single raptor seen (Common Buzzard) and no Rock Pipits in their usual spot. Nevertheless an enjoyable walk in pleasant habitat and thanks to you all for helping to find the birds.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Bernie Forbes
26 Feb 2017 Bexhill waxwings

All 7 were still in the Woodsgate Park area this afternoon beside the bridge opposite the playground. They made frequent visits to their favoured cotoneaster tree and one visit to a garden in Grange Court Drive from 12:50 onwards until disappearing towards the seafront at 15:40.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Mark Gleave
26 Feb 2017 The Burgh - two harriers   more...

About midday in squally weather one ringtail Harrier soared distantly below Canada Barn in front of line of trees with two corvids in pursuit and looked very brightly coloured - orangey-ochre brown. Shortly after, the bird appeared in the nearer deep gulley and a second less brightly coloured ringtail rose up also low in the gulley giving two birds in view.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Graeme Charles
26 Feb 2017 Waltham shrike   more...

09.30 to 11.00 the great grey shrike at Waltham Brooks was fantastic to behold, by the railway bridge atop bushes, on overhead cables both sides of railway and both sides of the road, who could ask for more! (Pic attached).

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Alan Kitson
26 Feb 2017 Gadwall - Mill Road, Arundel   more...

Twenty-two Gadwall in the field on the eastern side of Mill Road, Arundel, between the road to the tennis club and the humpbacked bridge at 1.30 pm.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Mick Jenner
26 Feb 2017 East Head - Snow Buntings   more...

The 2 Snow Buntings were showing well at the northern tip of East Head this morning.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Derek Lee
26 Feb 2017 Arun Valley   more...

Viewed from the riverbank at Arundel WWT this morning, at least eight Little Egrets flew out of the roost but the Great White Egret dropped straight down on to the pool and out of sight. At about 07:15 the gulls started mobbing the egret which then flew off north. A Barn Owl was at the back of the field opposite the Black Rabbit, a Kingfisher was by the river and a bit further up was a Marsh Harrier. Fourteen Bewick's Swans were in fields between Offham and Burpham. I caught up with the Egret again at South Stoke where there were also a Water Rail and a male Stonechat. In the field by the road south of the mill stream were 28 Gadwall and among the Black-headed Gulls was one Mediterranean Gull.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Ralph Simpson
23 Feb 2017 Downtown Steyning: kite, sparrowhawk with kill, trout

Jane and I turned a corner along one of Steyning's many alleys to almost stumble on a Sparrowhawk plucking and eating the flight muscle of pigeon. We backed slowly away and watched until the next passers-by scared it off. Also a Red Kite low over the High Street and two small trout in the chalk stream by the pub. Btw a pair of buzzards, one carrying a stick, at Warnham last week.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by Richard Dales
26 Feb 2017 Thorney Great Deeps scaup

As seen from western security gate on the Great Deep at 8.20am one female scaup, four goldeneye (2 male, 2 female) two Med gulls and one greenshank (which we've taken to calling the Christmas IKEA bird for its colour leg rings - red over green left and blue over yellow right). All to the accompaniment of singing skylarks.

Posted on 26 Feb 2017 by John Curtin
25 Feb 2017 Newhaven/Ashdown

Four purple sandpipers at Newhaven east pier just about managing not to be blown away in the wind! A woodcock was flushed at Old Lodge, Ashdown.

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Guy Border
25 Feb 2017 Wakehurst Waxwings

The five Waxwings showing well at Wakehurst Place this morning, feeding almost constantly in their Davidia 'handkerchief' tree, very confiding and allowing very close views. Still a massive crop of fruits remaining on the tree, enough to sustain them for several more days if they choose to stay.

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Malcolm Le Grys
25 Feb 2017 Siberian chiffchaff   more...

At Coldwaltham Waste Water Treatment Works (ie SF), early pm, about 20 chiffchaffs around the entrance gateway and at least one Siberian chiffchaff (pic attached), its white underparts the give away even in the wind when it was only on show for moments at a time, forever going through the chainlink fence bordering the hedge as viewed awkwardly from the boardwalk through more fence!

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Alan Kitson
25 Feb 2017 North Stoke   more...

At 09.30, looking S the great white egret was to be seen say 1/3 mile away, vigorously fishing in some flood water. Through the scope its yellow/orange bill was evident. About an hour later I walked towards the spot, but once over the Gurkhas' Bridge and through that wood I noticed that it (assumed same bird) had come up and was now digesting out in a meadow (pic attached). In the interim I had walked a marshy bit and flushed eight common snipe and one jack snipe, the latter from just the spot where I have seen them in some winters gone by.

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Alan Kitson
25 Feb 2017 Parasolling GWE   more...

Pic here, taken at 09.40 from North Stoke looking S, of the great white egret "fishing" with its wings outstretched presumably to aid its vision. It is say 1/3 mile distant now!

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Alan Kitson
24 Feb 2017 Egret Just Checking Our Pond Yesterday   more...

Just checking for lunch in conifers overlooking our pond in East Worthing,Cant get picture any smaller though! Sandra Took Photo through Bathroom Window!

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by David Peckham
25 Feb 2017 Beachy Head

An early morning trip to Beachy Head produced; Cormorant, Great crested Grebe, Fulmar, Brent Geese, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Great Spotted woodpecker, Skylark, Goldcrest and Raven

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by A Collins-Smith
24 Feb 2017 Where did they all go to?

The crows, jackdaws and magpies deserted us for 48 hours as a result of Doris. Other folk in Lewes are reporting the same disappearance from their local stands of trees. The birds are cautiously returning this morning, but where did they all go?

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Chris Roach
25 Feb 2017 Purple Sandpipers at Shoreham

Four Purple Sandpipers were feeding below the wooden jetty on the west side of Shoreham Harbour this morning just before high tide, my highest count this winter.

Posted on 25 Feb 2017 by Richard Fairbank
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