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28 Sep 2016 Seaford Head   more...

More of the same in progressively smaller numbers.The best on offer were I Reed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit over plus the usual species in and around Harry's Bush and Hope Gap - 73 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap and 3 Common Whitethroat.

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Bob Self
28 Sep 2016 leucistic flycatcher

in the grounds of Firle a beautiful Spotted Flycatcher (most probably), very light biscuit all over and very pale underneath. A most intriguing and beautiful bird. Sorry no pics at the mo, I dont carry a phone and came back for camera but battery dead, not modern man, will try tomorrow if still there.

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by paul .c. stevens
28 Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike   more...

The Red-backed Shrike was still at Newhaven Tidemills this morning

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Julie Redford
28 Sep 2016 Arlington Res/Tidemills

A juv Little Gull in the northeast corner of Arlington Reservoir this morning making occasional forays along the dam. The juv Red-backed Shrike still performing for the crowds at the Tidemills and a Hobby in flight along the beach there.

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Paul James
28 Sep 2016 Black Swans at West Rise Marsh   more...

A pair of Black Swans circled over the lake and then settled around 09.45 this morning.

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Alan Gibbard
27 Sep 2016 Seaford Head   more...

Nothing of note beyond a single Hobby flying low over my house and garden on the way to the golf course at Seaford Head at 10.05 this morning. 

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 by Bob Self
27 Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike

The Red-backed Shrike still at Newhaven Tidemills today in the scrubby area south of Mill Creek near the factories (per Birdguides).

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 by Paul James
27 Sep 2016 Birding on the Peninsula   more...

That was a dull overcast morning with plenty of drizzle in the air and a strong southerly wind backing to SW mid afternoon. The birding was poor just like the weather. We checked out the North Common/Paddock Lane area of Selsey first thing, finding just 2 Chiffchaffs and singles of Blackcap and Common Whitethroat, SCAD is spreading! Church Norton was a bit like watching paint dry and with a high tide there were few birds on show. We waited patiently for the tide to drop, finding around 25 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, with 3 Whimbrel lurking in the saltmarsh. In amongst a large flock of Ringed Plover feeding in patchy vegetation a pale plover showed briefly before taking flight! I tried to get Dave Smith onto the bird and failed. We spent the next couple of hours searching without any success, therefore continuing our luck for the day and Owen's comments that SCAD rules (Sussex Coast Autumn Doldrums). Should have stuck to the Downs! (Bernie Forbes, Dave Smith & Dorian Mason).

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 by Bernie Forbes
24 Sep 2016 SOS Outing to Whitbread Hollow and Beachy Head   more...

Fourteen members joined me on Saturday 24th September for the annual morning walk to Whitbread Hollow and Beachy Head. It was clear and dry, with temperatures hovering in the high teens, a light southerly wind, and sea visibility of around 35 km. Totals of 28 bird species and 7 butterfly species were noted. House Martins were seen but not in the numbers recorded in the past few days, also a small number of Swallows. Most other migrants if there were keeping well out of sight as we only managed to see a handful of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, and Goldfinches plus two Common Whitethroats. The rockpools were empty apart from a few gulls and a couple of Little Egrets. The highlight for most was when we were at the western end of the walk. Although the sea was devoid of birds apart from gulls and a couple of Cormorants we were looking at one, possibly two, Grey Seals, when a short aerial joust commenced, over the cliff edge with the lighthouse as a backdrop, between a Raven and a Peregrine. In all maybe 4 Ravens were seen during the walk. Butterfly species seen were a Common Blue and Comma, two Clouded Yellows, and small numbers of Small Copper, Red Admiral, Large and Small White. Many more butterflies were seen than identified as they were extremely flighty. A very enjoyable three and a half hours strolling around the Eastbourne Downland!

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 by David Jode
25 Sep 2016 Is this a buzzard?   more...

Seen late evening in poor light over the marsh beyond North Wall, Pagham Harbour. A buzzard like raptor, brown at a distance with a short tail. Hovered a lot, from a height with lowered legs - looked very much like a large kestrel. Someone destroy my illusion of something interesting. I know buzzards do hover but this was over the top.

(Most likely a common buzzard. Marsh harrier and osprey are other possibilities to consider - Ed)

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 by Peter Etheridge
26 Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike   more...

The very confiding juv male Red-backed Shrike still at Newhaven Tidemills today in the scrubby area south of Mill Creek near the factories (per Twitter).

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 by Paul James
25 Sep 2016 Cuckoo's Corner

A walk north along the Adur this afternoon from Cuckoo's Corner produced 4 Little Egrets, 3 Common Buzzards, Common Sandpiper, 5 Wheatears, 2 Stonechats, a flock of 20 Linnets and 2 Reed Buntings.

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by Paul James
25 Sep 2016 Yellow Wagtails on the Downs   more...

There were a few Yellow Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle in the field beside the South Downs Way by the barn east of Chantry Lane car park/Sullington Hill mid-afternoon, but as ever they were elusive and difficult to spot. Also seen there was a low flying Red Kite. There were a smattering of hirundines, mostly Swallows I think, passing by, and further east, as I dropped off the SDW, there was a pleasing flock of Linnets, at least 50. To cap things off, at almost the same time, a Hobby scythed past in an easterly direction.

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by Andrew Armitage
25 Sep 2016 Pulborough Brooks RSPB   more...

Eight raptors seen at Pulborough Brooks today including juv female Merlin (attached), Red Kite, Hobby, Peregrine and adult male Marsh Harrier. Also 4 Whinchats and 3 Ruff from the Hanger. (Neil Buckthorpe & Jon Winder)

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by Jon Winder
25 Sep 2016 Selsey Peninsula

Highlights of another busy weekend included a Sooty Shearwater past Selsey Bill, a Spoonbill at Medmerry and an Osprey and half a dozen Curlew Sandpipers in Pagham Harbour. Full details on Birding the Selsey Peninsula blog

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by andrew house
25 Sep 2016 Brighton Spotted Flycatcher   more...

A very welcome autumn visitor to our Brighton Garden. Arrived at about 2pm and still here at 6pm. Showing off some fly-catching manoeuvres and stopping to pose occasionally (pic attached).

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by Merv Stovell
25 Sep 2016 Red-backed Shrike, Tide Mills   more...

The Red-backed Shrike (photo attached) was showing incredibly well this morning for several observers. Cross the railway track and Mill Creek, carry on a little bit towards the sea and before you reach the beach turn right onto a path next to it. Keep going along this path towards the factories and the shrike was in the bramble scrub there.

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by James McCulloch
24 Sep 2016 Seaford to Berwick via Cuckmere Haven   more...

Good walking weather produced a decent amount of birds through the day. Between Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven: 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Wheatear, several hundred Swallows going E, 1 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackcaps, 2-3 Chiffchaffs, and a Green Woodpecker. At Cuckmere Haven: 2 sightings of Kingfishers, 4 Yellow Wagtails with 1 Curlew, 2 Teal, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 1 Greenshank in the channels to the left of the main channel. On the main channel itself: 1 Knot, 11 Dunlin, and 2 Grey Plovers. There was also a flock of around 50 Meadow Pipits. North of Exceat Bridge: 1 Greenshank, 3 sightings of Kingfishers, 1 Teal, and 1 Chiffchaff. At the pond near the Cricketers at Berwick there was 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 by Adrian West
24 Sep 2016 Adur at Shoreham

A walk from 400m downstream of the Toll Bridge to the pedestrian bridge produced: Two Curlew Sandpipers, 53 Ringed Plovers, 22 Dunlins, 13 Turnstones, one Greenshank, six Redshanks, six Lapwings, one Grey Heron and five Little Egrets. Three Kingfishers.

Posted on 24 Sep 2016 by Steve Gilbert
24 Sep 2016 Inland Yellow-browed Warbler & Arundel WWT   more...

Arrived at Arundel WWT fashionably late, courtesy of Southern Rail, at 07:55. One bird in car park was determined to make itself known, with persistent penetrating calls in a Coal Tit voice. These high pitched calls were like an Australian saying swee-eet: disyllablic and with an uprising second half. Culprit was hyperactive greenish leaf warbler moving with Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs. Clearly intermediate in size between these two species and looked short-tailed compared with Chiffchaffs. When lurking high in willows (and occasionally Aspen and Alder) betrayed white vent area and while hovering revealed that rump was almost same shade of green as back. Spent some of time lower in shrubs particularly Guelder Rose and Dogwood. At lower levels, broad long supercilium, black tertials with whitish edge, double yellowish wing bar and medium brown legs clinched Yellow-browed Warbler. Hard to follow but seemed to be working a beat between Front Pond and tall willows N of Outlook-In. Joined mixed flock of Blue Tits and Great Tits. Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs seem to have been attracted to YBW, rather than reverse. Finally lost at 08:45. Fuller details will be BirdTracked. Rest of visit virtually restricted to Ramsar Hide with frequent sweeps of sky outside. Osprey still making high altitude transits of site. Peregrines very obvious, at one point 3 adults and 2 juveniles all visible. One adult harassed severely by 'pair' of adults. At least five Buzzards, at least 2 Red Kites and at least 2 Ravens. Male Stonechat and Wigeon outside Ramsar. Kingfisher appeared to be male.

Posted on 24 Sep 2016 by David Harper
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