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28 Jul 2014 Wader Fest at Medmerry

A late morning/early afternoon walk around the west half of Medmerry on Sunday 29th July produced a lovely selection of birds which include three Yellow Wagtails and a couple of Wheatears. At least 13 Yellow-legged Gulls were in the gull roost with eight Med Gulls. The highlight however was a fine selection of waders which included two Green Sandpipers, ten Common Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper, two breeding plumage Sanderling, at least 15 Little Ringed Plovers (including juveniles), two Ringed Plover, four Knot (one in full breeding plumage), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, a large mixed flock of Grey Plover and Dunlin, seven Whimbrel, a Curlew and three Black-winged Stilts (just the one youngster on show). Add to this Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Avocet and Snipe and our wader tally for the day was quite impressive, but how did we miss Common Redshank. Also on the walk we noted at least 20 Clouded Yellows.

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Derek Barber & Tracey Lambert
27 Jul 2014 Ferring block

With Worthing seafront closed because of the old bus exhibition I met up with Dave and Dorian on the Ferring block. Despite the Mediterranean like conditions there was enough to keep us awake. An Arctic Skua moving westwards was a good start and this was then followed by two Garganey moving eastwards. It was the first time this year that Common Terns out numbered Sandwich with 25 being recorded loafing about. A flock of six Common Scoter and a Med Gull added to the species list. The final surprise was a flightless Eider slowly drifting eastwards - when it flapped its "wings" there was hardly a flight feather to be seen - I didn't realise just how vulnerable these birds are when in full moult. An interesting end to a very warm morning,

Posted on 28 Jul 2014 by Richard Ives
27 Jul 2014 Common Redstart Belle Tout still   more...

A shot of the Redstart at Beachy Head this evening.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Laurence Pitcher
27 Jul 2014 Swifts

Estimated ca.1000 swifts hawking insects, some below tree level all around Hodcombe (Beachy Head) late morning/lunchtime today. From yesterday four Common Buzzards together around Hodcombe and an adult Hobby low over the garden.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Roger & Liz Charlwood
27 Jul 2014 Swift passage over Barcombe

After seeing only single Swifts earlier in the day, an estimated 250 appeared over Barcombe at about 18.30 this evening. Initially 115 flew SW but some returned and joined up with others to create a flock of about 180 that headed off mainly east. Most of the remainder of the original flock then returned and also headed in that general direction.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Simon Linington
26 Jul 2014 Maidenbower Green Woodpecker

Resident juvenile searching for and eating ants on dry lawns. So intent on feeding it allows a close approach. Will fly direct to trunk of tree before alighting on the grass.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Charles & Susan Smith
27 Jul 2014 Garganey   more...

At Waltham Brooks two garganey, females or juv males, seen in flight as they rose from the lower narrow water, then at the back of the main water, mostly asleep (pic attached of one such) or else masked by juncus or loosestrife.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Alan Kitson
27 Jul 2014 Reed Bunting with food   more...

At Waltham Brooks, drier part near the board-walk-bridge, a male reed bunting feeding a second-brood fledgling with some leggy insect that maybe identifiable (pic attached). I think it isn't the Roesel's bush-cricket that was on the very bridge some fortnight or so ago (pic was taken).

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Alan Kitson
26 Jul 2014 Little Owl

Little Owl by carpark at Hickstead Hotel at 9.00pm.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Tony Bullock
26 Jul 2014 Abundance of wildlife on South Downs   more...

A 3-hour morning walk (including breakfast picnic!) around the Sompting/Wiston area of the South Downs showed its wildlife at its best. Best and most unexpected was a Cuckoo which seemed reluctant to leave its scrub-filled hollow and eventually circled back past us to give us a superb view. Two groups of Buzzards totalled six birds, and there were one or two Kestrels. Family parties of Whitethroats occurred at regular intervals, with Willow/Chiffs occasionally heard. There were small parties of Starlings and Swallows here and there, two Corn Buntings in one patch of scrub along the Monarch's Way and one or two Yellowhammers were heard. Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnets and a Bullfinch were seen. There was a profusion of butterflies taking advantage of the varied flora, including Clouded Yellows, Blues, Wall Browns and at the very end a single Marbled White. Finally, one pasture held three or four Brown Hares.

Posted on 27 Jul 2014 by Andrew Armitage
26 Jul 2014 Grasshopper Warbler & Redstart - Beachy Head   more...

Whilst photographing butterflies I flushed a Grasshopper Warbler and a single Redstart (male) from the area below Belle Tout lighthouse, surprise finds in the heat of the afternoon, a visit to Shooters' Bottom earlier in the day produced singles of Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat with 30+ Swifts accompanied by the odd Sand Martin overhead. A distinctly autumnal flavour to the birding despite the balmy temperatures!

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 by Laurence Pitcher
26 Jul 2014 Crawley Raven   more...

While out exploring locally today was somewhat surprised to see and hear a very vocal Raven midway between Faygate and Crawley. The bird flew low over my head but eventually started to circle and gain height before drifting off in a northerly direction towards Crawley. First time I've seen one in this area so this was an unexpected bonus.

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 by Robert Horne
26 Jul 2014 Common here anyway!

I counted a total of 20 Common Sandpipers along just 70 yards of riverbank on the Adur by the cement works this afternoon, viewed from the west bank

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 by Chris Barfield
25 Jul 2014 Ferry Pool and Church Norton   more...

A brief foray into West Sussex produced a few nice observations. At the Ferry Pool, Sidlesham we encountered two Common Sandpipers, a single Little Ringed Plover, five Avocets, several Black-tailed Godwits and a Spotted Redshank which spent most of the time half hidden behind a ridge on one of the spits but which showed well for a short period. On to Church Norton where we found a good number of Whimbrel but little else of great note although we did observe one very luck Stock Dove which survived a murderous attack from a Peregrine over the harbour. (Chris Brown, Nick Patton, Bob Self)

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Bob Self
25 Jul 2014 Seal of approval!   more...

We went to Medmerry from the Earnley end and saw all five black-winged stilts, in flight several times when evidently avocets or little egrets were too close for comfort and also distantly on the ground among long grass. Also the female eider on a groyne, a juv/fledgling wheatear, three common sandpipers, a snipe (near the cows), ca. 130 linnets on the beach, four little ringed plovers, a whimbrel etc and a common seal sunbathing as cool as you like (pic attached).

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
25 Jul 2014 South Downs

A productive long walk over the Downs south of Edburton Hill today. Highlights were two calling Quails, a Cuckoo, three Whinchats, two Stonechats, Wheatear, two Ravens, Grey Partridge and plenty of Corn Buntings and Sky Larks. Also nine Clouded Yellows.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Tony Wilson
25 Jul 2014 East Sussex   more...

At Seaford Head this morning I had 20+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, one Willow Warbler and two Gannets close to the cliffs. Along the river there were two Redshank, two Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. At Arlington Reservoir three Egyptian Geese and a Common Sandpiper. I got back home to Ringmer just as six Wrens left their nest in the garden (picture attached).

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Phillip Wells
25 Jul 2014 Arun south of Arundel

Post-breeding flock of 115 Lapwings went up when spooked by a Buzzard. A flock of 40+ House Sparrows with four Linnets and similar number of Reed Buntings in the riverside crops. Six Common Sandpipers, four Oystercatchers and three Little Egrets by the river.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Martin Daniel
25 Jul 2014 Lower Cuckmere - west side

Two Whimbrel, a flock of 31 Pied Wagtails with one Yellow Wagtail on the saltings, and four Lesser Whitethroats.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 by Bob Edgar
24 Jul 2014 Yew trees - Cissbury Ring   more...

It’s just been confirmed today by Jane Cecil who is the General Manager, South Downs National Trust that we have managed to save the yew trees on Cissbury Ring. This is subject to English Heritage and Natural England who will have to approve the application to fence around the trees, as it is within the boundaries of a SSSI and an Archeological Ancient Monument. So fingers crossed, this is a really good result for the Ring Ouzels and other wildlife. Many thanks to all of you who have help by contributing contacts and information regarding this matter. A very happy Bernie Forbes.

Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Bernie Forbes
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