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19 Apr 2014 Splash Point seawatch

A rather quiet sea-watch in a light-moderate NE wind this morning 06.35 - 10.35 but in the good company of John King (who'd started at 06.10). Totals east were Common Scoter 30, Arctic Skua 1 dark/intermediate phase at 06.37,.Gannet 3, auk sp 7 (and 2 W), Shoveler 1, Red-breasted Merganser 2, Commic Tern 1, Whimbrel 40, Mediterranean Gull 2 (both first years), Sandwich Tern 9, Little Gull 14 (all except one were adult summer plumage), Curlew 2, Red-throated Diver 2, Brent Goose 13 and Bar-tailed Godwit 38 (plus another flock of 40 waders well offshore). Additionally, there were two Peregrines (one chasing a pigeon unsuccessfully in towards Newhaven), one Raven, and 10 Swallows in off the sea.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Simon Linington
19 Apr 2014 Old Lodge   more...

A good variety of 'heathland' species at Old Lodge, including tree pipits, stonechat, common redstart. There were also several people looking for the reported  golden oriole - but I don't know if they were successful or not.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Ken Noble
19 Apr 2014 Common Crane at Rye Harbour

A common crane was present briefly at Rye Harbour this afternoon. It was seen at Castle Water at about 3pm and wheeled overhead for around 10 minutes before heading off in the direction of Rye.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Chris Bentley
19 Apr 2014 Common Crane in Arun Valley   more...

Common Crane flying down the Arun Valley at 12.55 seen from TQ013098 on the footpath at the top of Arundel Park. Appeared to be descending into the Burpham area but a walk down the valley from South Stoke to Arundel produced no further sightings. Presumably the same bird as seen at Steep Down earlier. Few migrants about on the walk but a Kingfisher at South Stoke and three Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler and Cetti's Warbler along the river. Less happily, a mink south of South Stoke.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Martin Daniel
19 Apr 2014 Common Crane - Steep Down

A Common Crane seen about 09.30 circling around Steep Down (Lancing) then disappeared westwards toward Cissbury Ring. Also seen on the downs round Steep Down were Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Stonechat, Wheatear, Yellowhammer and one Swallow.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Richard Green
19 Apr 2014 Red Kite   more...

At 13.30 today I saw a red kite over the village heading E towards Icklesham.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Dave Pankhurst
19 Apr 2014 Knepp Estate

In the southern block this morning a singing male cuckoo, a pair of ravens, red kite, lesser whitethroat and a pair of bullfinches. Surprisingly only one nightingale heard singing (and then only briefly) though perhaps the air temperature (5C at 7am) was a bit cold for them?

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Paul & Bridget James
19 Apr 2014 Golden oriole

A golden oriole reported this morning at Old Lodge by Graham Barker but no further details.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Paul James
19 Apr 2014 Pevensey Levels - Med Gulls   more...

All the usual suspects as per Thursday’s circuit (minus the yellow wag and kingfishers) but a pair of Shelduck circling round overhead near the Hurst Haven ditch made a change and a male Bullfinch flew across the ditch calling. Also, a solitary male Wheatear in one of the fields on the western side of the Haven about 50m from the bridleway and two separate pairs of Ravens overhead. A first for me though, on the Levels, was a yelping flock of half a dozen or so Mediterranean Gulls quite high up (and drifting SW) although these have been seen locally on occasions by others. Last but not least, a Sedge Warbler singing from a bramble bush near the bridleway to the church and a Cuckoo singing from the Wartling side of the patch. Forgot to mention both of these on Thursday too (53 species this morning). Five Nightingales at Abbots Wood yesterday (Friday) but too cold (or still too early?) for any Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Mike Mullis
18 Apr 2014 Newmarket Hill, Woodingdean   more...

Wheatear in field next to Drove Avenue. Also two swallows at Plumpton Bostall.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Charles Smith
18 Apr 2014 Dabchick with young   more...

No butterflies at Rowland Wood this afternoon, but pleased to see a pair of Dabchicks feeding two very small young and a Buzzard overhead.

Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Colin Upton
18 Apr 2014 A few hours at Beachy Head   more...

Checked out a couple of the sites along the headland from 7am up until around 10'ish. After visiting Horseshoe Plantation, just before half nine I happened to look up from the lower footpath and noticed a Red Kite drifting westwards above the cliffs. Wonder if anyone else picked it up? Raven seen and heard above the plantation at the same time and had a lone Swallow earlier on in the morning.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Al Redman
18 Apr 2014 Seaford area roundup

Nightingale at Abbots Wood, common sandpiper at Arlington Reservoir, sedge warbler and reed warbler on the riverbank at Southease and sedge warbler and reed warbler at the Ouse Estuary Project.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Nick Pope
18 Apr 2014 Cuckoo   more...

Male and female cuckoo very high, male circling female for over ten minutes calling all the time, over the Highfield area of Hampden Park (BN22 9BX) at about 5.15pm.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by alan
18 Apr 2014 The little tern?

Yesterday morning for about an half an hour I looked seaward from Widewater beach and saw not much but one little tern was new for my year. I then saw one such on Matt Eade's blog at Splash Point and thought the same bird? Now I see on David Cooper's and Andrew Whitcomb's blogs one such at Arlington and think could be the same?

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Alan Kitson
17 Apr 2014 Pulborough Brooks walk-about   more...

A beautiful morning for the weekly Wildlife Walk-about. Spring is in full swing with Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff (everywhere) Treecreeper, (hiding) Whitethroats, Wrens singing from up high, Avocets on the North Brooks and Little Ringed pPlover. Super views of a Nightingale (one of four we located) at Fattingates. Pic attached using mobile phone/scope combo. Thank you to the volunteers leading us.

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Jackie Day
16 Apr 2014 Possible Iceland Gull   more...

Not a sighting but a request if I could be so bold. I would welcome all comments on the pictures posted on the link below. Shots 1 and 3 were taken from the river mouth were the Kumlien's Gull has been ever present for a couple of months, yesterday (pic 2) I saw a white-winged gull amongst mainly Herring Gulls feeding on the golf course. With golfers approaching from the east and green and the greenkeepers from the west I took about four shots before all the gulls took flight. Not having seen the Kumlien's Gull for a couple of weeks I wrongly assumed it was the Kumlien's. Having studied both sets of shots and would agree that they are not the best, I feel there are subtle differences (mainly the head and primaries) in the set of pictures. I thought it best to put out to a wider audience, as mentioned before all comments welcome. http://climpingbirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted on 17 Apr 2014 by Bola Akinola
17 Apr 2014 Seaford Head

Where is Harry's Bush and the 'wood' referred to in the Seaford Head sightings please.

(Harry's Bush is the wood on the west side of the Cuckmere Valley at grid ref TV508981. It's about 10 mins walk from the car park at South Hill Barn - Ed)

Posted on 17 Apr 2014 by Roy Ticehurst
17 Apr 2014 Swift

First Swift of the year over Medmerry Flood Pools this morning - also two Hares close by.

Posted on 17 Apr 2014 by Paul Stent
17 Apr 2014 Cuckoo and Cuckoo Flowers at Salehurst   more...

A Cuckoo singing on and off close to and in the vicinity of Silver Hill for most of the day. Elsewhere, Yellowhammers continuing to proclaim territory, several Blackcap and Chiffchaff territories and a very prominent Song Thrush male now well established. Bullfinches and more common fayre busy with nesting activity. The Cuckoo's arrival coinciding nicely with clumps of Cuckoo Flower (Lady's Smock) in bloom with good numbers of Orange-tip butterflies perusing their larval food flower.

Posted on 17 Apr 2014 by martin mallett
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