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25 Oct 2014 Pett Pools and Rye   more...

(In the absence of any other postings) the White-winged Black Tern was still present at the Castle Water hide very late afternoon. Walking back approaching dusk I saw two Barn Owls - one of which I made an ambitious attempt to digiscope (see attached). Earlier at Pett Pools there was a Cattle Egret, two Marsh Harriers and alerted by Bernie Forbe's posting to keep an ear open for Bearded Tit one obligingly called and then flew across the roadside pool.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by David Williams
25 Oct 2014 Red-breasted Flycatcher   more...

While waiting near the Beachy Head Hotel for my son and daughter-in-law to run by to complete the Beachy Head Marathon I noticed a small crowd intently watching the bushes. A red-breasted Flycatcher eventually appeared and gave good views.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Stuart Ridley
25 Oct 2014 storrington vis mig!

Well, partly visible, partly just heard...this morning quite a few things were 'up there' over the middle of storrington. Four or five mistle thrushes headed high SW at about 10.00 (I fully assumed them to be fieldfares until they called), followed later by three or four skylarks heading NW, then two yellowhammers (massive garden rare/tick!) went NW calling and my first siskins (about 20) of the autumn anywhere in Sussex flew west. Amongst that lot were a few wagtails, both pied and grey, all unseen, all heading west.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Pete Hughes
25 Oct 2014 Widewater

There was a Snipe at Widewater this afternoon. Also a solitary Shelduck, amongst the many Little Grebes already noted by recent observers. There were several Cormorants, including a pair frenetically diving for fish, watched by a disconsolate looking Little Egret. There was a small group of Turnstones on the beach.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Richard Pike
25 Oct 2014 Merlin

Had a brief walk around Castle Hill NR, Newhaven on the way back from seeing the RB flycatcher this morning and saw a female merlin. Matt/ Sarah

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Matt Busuttil
25 Oct 2014 No shortage of woodpigeons...

...on and around Blackdown today, with birds constantly on the move during my visit. A cautious estimate would be ca.1,000+ birds. Other migrants included 21 meadow pipits, 3 ring ouzels, ca.105 redwings, 1 chiffchaff, 7+ brambling, 2+ redpoll, 8+ siskins. Regulars included 13 buzzards, 6 sparrowhawks, 2 kestrels, 6+ stonechats. Two red admirals as well.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Dave Burges
25 Oct 2014 Itchenor to Ella Nore, Chichester Harbour   more...

Birds recorded during today's WeBS count included ten Little Egrets, eight Great-crested Grebes, two Wigeons, two Shelducks, about 400 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (including a flock of 360), 40 Oystercatchers, 31 Curlews, two Whimbrels, 29 Black and 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, one Snipe, 43 Redshanks, 1180 Dunlins, 124 Grey Plovers, 37 Ringed Plovers and 28 Turnstones. A female Sparrowhawk flew low across the wader roost at Ella Nore, putting everything into the air to spectacular effect. Also seen were one Common Buzzard, one Kestrel, two Stonechats (a male and a female) and a Green Woodpecker. A Migrant Hawker dragonfly, a Red Admiral and two Roe Deer. Steve Gilbert, Lucy Baker, Sarah McIntyre & Nick Rosekilly

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by Steve Gilbert
25 Oct 2014 Peninsula variety

After a bit of a slow start this morning the Selsey Peninsula eventually came up with a range of more interesting birds, including Great Grey Shrike, Black Redstart, Short-eared Owl and Spotted Redshanks, plus the much sought-after patch tick for the regulars.... Marsh Tit! Full details as ever on the Selsey blog. May I also just comment on Bob Self's kind comments about sea-watching; the unpredictable differences between birds seen at the various sites is one of the things that make it so interesting. It isn't too often that Selsey totals are higher than Seaford's - though perhaps we stand a better chance in the autumn - but I'm sure things will soon get back to normal Bob. And doubtless there will be plenty that doesn't reach us - so best of luck to all the Splash team.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by owen mitchell
25 Oct 2014 Climping Gap

Another bash around the bushes at Atherington-Bailiffscourt on a fairly mild and still morning. I struggled to find much activity at all, but eventually logged 5 Chiffchaffs and 6 Goldcrests. The clear and only highlight of my morning was a Brambling; initially calling from tree tops but frustratingly out of view, it eventually gave up and revealed itself as a nice male. Otherwise little else to report; small numbers of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits going over, a couple of Stonechats, a Buzzard and a few Med Gulls. Also received a report of a Short-eared Owl over the dunes at West beach (though I didn't see it) OM

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 by owen mitchell
25 Oct 2014 Splash Point   more...

The comparison between the good morning enjoyed by sea-watchers at Selsey noted by Owen Mitchell and the dismal passage recorded at Splash Point is striking. Unlike the movement further west, in company with Simon Linnington all that was recorded at Splash Point was a few parties of Brent and Common Scoter, 3 Little Gull east and a single light-phase Arctic Skua close in-shore and also going east. Owen demonstrates great restraint in not injecting more of a note of triumphalism into their success. Lesser men would not have been so able to resist the temptation.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Bob Self
24 Oct 2014 Pulborough Brooks

Had a pleasant lunch then stroll around Pulborough Brooks this afternoon with some friends. Whilst walking down adder alley I noticed what I first thought was a black headed gull in the distance, but it was very dark all over and as it got closer it was obviously a Skua in a big hurry. Although it was a brief view, I am pretty sure it was an Arctic Skua due to the light build. It just kept going at speed in a straight line down the Arun Valley.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Gary Trew
24 Oct 2014 Skuas moving at Selsey Bill

Quite a bit of a passage this morning at Selsey Bill, with 6 juv Pomarine Skuas, a dozen Arctic Skuas, a Great Northern Diver and a movement of Kittiwakes and Brent Geese. Fuller details on the Selsey Peninsula blog.(OM).

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by owen mitchell
24 Oct 2014 Brents on the move   more...

Over the sea at Widewater, Lancing flocks of brent geese flying east to west, 260 in 50 minutes 12.50 to 13.40 and 40 in 30 minutes 15.45 to 16.15, the largest flock of ca. 120 at 13.27 far out and one of ca. 70 right along the shore line - most moving! Pic of two attached.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Alan Kitson
23 Oct 2014 Birding in East Sussex   more...

Hi to you all, A day out birding in East Sussex today was very productive and worth the long drive to the eastern end of the county. Our first birding stop Castle Water at Rye Harbour taking the long walk out to the hide along the northern edge of the water. A Marsh Harrier was busy hunting the reeds and along the edges of the reedy ditches 3 Stonechat were found plus a late Wheatear. Arriving at the hide opposite Camber Castle we were told that the White-winged Black Tern had just flown off! Ok no panic we settled down and enjoyed the plentiful birds that were on show including Water Rail, Knot and 2 Little Stints plus a host of ducks and gulls. Suddenly the White-winged Black Tern flew in and landed close by on one of the islands giving us all stunning views. Its patchwork black and white plumage rather attractive. Moving on we stopped off at Pett Pools finding a couple of Marsh harriers hunting and hearing Bearded Tit catching a glimpse of two as they flew low over the reeds. Our next stop the old trapping area just west of Beachy Head. After short wait the stunning adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher put on a good show entertaining the small gallery of admires. It appeared at eye level several times enabling everyone to get cracking views . Attached Photo by Gareth Hughes. Bernie Forbes

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Bernie Forbes
24 Oct 2014 Red-breasted flycatcher still present in old trapping area beachy head

RBF present at 9.30 and ongoing this morning the 24th giving good views some in flight around the observers.

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by mark eveleigh
24 Oct 2014 garden firecrest

Firecrest seen at 4 metres outside my back door out in open on holly bush in company with large tit flock which also included 2 chiffchaffs

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by phil dunk
23 Oct 2014 Selsey Bill   more...

An enjoyable watch with some decent variety. Perseverance paid off and produced 4-5 juv Pomarine Skuas and a Black Redstart. I have a record shot of one of Poms which gave lovely close views. (GAH, CE, ME). Yesterday a Woodlark was the highlight of some good vis mig.

Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by George Heath
23 Oct 2014 Greenshank still   more...

It was a surprise to find the greenshank on the Widewater Lagoon still, unmoved since yesterday (pic attached). Also three swallows and eight teal. At Brooklands Park, Worthing I found two goldcrests, one chiffchaff, three grey wagtails and one or two kingfishers.

Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by Alan Kitson
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
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