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31 Mar 2015 Rock pipit and nut!   more...

Pictured here, taken this morning at Shoreham Harbour westside. Despite the white outer tail feathers and white wing bars and grey head all apparent here, in the field none was so clear and believe is a trick of the light and I go for nominate petrosus ie our own standard rock pipit ......

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Alan Kitson
29 Mar 2015 Magnificent mandarin   more...

Pictured herewith in the Arun valley.

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Alan Kitson
22 Apr 2015 Coach Trip Hawk Conservancy trust   more...

Chichester RSPB local Group are having a coach trip to the Hawk Conservancy, Andover 22nd April. £28 inc admission, pickups Wittering, Bognor and Chichester More details/booking form email

Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by kerry jackson
30 Mar 2015 Weir Wood

The Drake Goldeneye was still showing well at the west end,mean while a Red Kite drifted high over slowly heading East,a single Sand Martin past low over the water my first this spring alone the North bank many Chiffchaffs were singing.

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Alastair Gray
30 Mar 2015 Weirwood Goldeneye   more...

Went out to Weirwood hoping to see the Goldeneye before it moved on, and there it was right in front of the hide! 4 Buzzards displaying in the broken sunshine, and many of the small birds visiting the feeders were singing. Chiffchaff heard on the opposite bank.

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Yvonne Taylor
30 Mar 2015 Broadwater Warren

1100 - 1215 visit to Broadwater Warren. Very quiet initially, just one bird of note, 1 Woodlark, calling briefly and flying over. A Buzzard called a couple of times. At 1200 things picked up markedly, Yellowhammer calling followed by the appearance of several Woodlark. 5, or possibly 6. Several singing at same time. One in particular giving good views. On the short return to the car a pair of Stonechat. All the action down from gate nearest the A26 in Broadwater Forest Lane.

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Graham Barker
29 Mar 2015 Waltham Brooks   more...

Red Kite over this afternoon plus Barn Owl hunting at 18.30 and a late Peregrine Falcon over the reeds at 19.15 before disappearing north of Greatham Bridge.

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by Mark McManus
29 Mar 2015 tern-billed gull on the Adur   more...

In late May 2005 a Gull-billed Tern was present on the River Adur opposite Shoreham Airport for several days, found by Richard Ives if I remember correctly. Today, on my way home from the Manor Royal Alpine Swift I called in to check the gulls and, almost 10 years later, saw a 'tern-billed' gull (plus two North Thames colour-ringed birds). A few poor images from the morning an be found at

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by richard fairbank
29 Mar 2015 Red Kite over Uckfield   more...

Red kite flying due southeast over Uckfield in strong westerly wind. Brown colour and forked tail very clear.

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by Martyn Stenning
29 Mar 2015 Wintering garden Blackcap still present   more...

Wintering female Blackcap still present in our Keymer garden, feeding this afternoon on apples that we provide, as she has done since she first arrived on 10th December. I have been recording wintering Blackcap in this garden since 1991, and she is now our longest-stayer.

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by Malcolm Le Grys
28 Mar 2015 The Burgh - SEOs

Chichester RSPB local group walk on Saturday saw 16 members gather at the Burgh in grey, murky weather. Highlight of the morning were 4 SEO's (Short-eared Owl), giving great views to all. There was also a good view of a Raven. Lots of small stuff in the hedgerows, Yellowhammer, Chaffinches, Reed Bunting and Corn Bunting. Good number of House Sparrows. Next walk April 12th - Pagham. See our website for details. RSPB/local groups/Chichester

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by Kerry Jackson
28 Mar 2015 Alpine Swift,Crawley   more...

While having breakfast at work (Royalmail) this morning I noticed a Alpine Swift flying low across the car park slowly heading west, I put the news out and luckily Jake Gearty relocated it early afternoon at Lowfield Heath Church, it showed twice here once close and second time a little distant but we all got on it, then Mick Davis refound it over the large Virgin Atlantic building of Fleming Way, Crawley ,here it gave fantasic low views overhead, it seemed to show every hour then go missing, at 6pm it seemed to go to roost on the Virgin Atantic building. Great to see so many people in North sussex today

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Alastair Gray
28 Mar 2015 Chidham, Chichester Harbour   more...

A rather blustery anti-clockwise walk around the Chidham peninsula from Nutbourne station. Not much sign of spring apart from flowering Celandines and Skylarks singing, and skirmishing. Still a lot of Dark-bellied Brent Geese, with separate flocks of 170, 450 and 160. The intertidal and creeks along the western side of the peninsula held the expected waders and wildfowl: Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, three Red-breasted Mergansers, Turnstones, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Curlews and Grey Plovers. A flock of 70 Dunlins at Stakes Islands. We take Little Egrets pretty much for granted these days but they were a particular feature of this walk, with at least one and often two or three in view at all times and maybe a total of around 30. This compares to a single sighting of a Grey Heron. The habitat creation area at Cobnor Point held one Greenshank and about 10 Black-tailed Godwits (one in summer plumage) and the ponds north of Cobnor House had four feeding juvenile Spoonbills and another two Greenshanks. A Peregrine was harassing pigeons on the other side of the Bosham Channel. At the top end of the channel were about 40 Teal, a pair of Pintail, several Redshanks, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and, inevitably, three Little Egrets. A Kestrel hovering. A brief but close view of a Weasel on the seawall.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Steve Gilbert
28 Mar 2015 Afternoon at Arundel Wetland Center

Cold windy afternoon at Arundel Wetland Center produced approx 6 Sand Martin flying off from the river and over the site, also of note one male Blackcap and a Male peregrine on a dead tree.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Martin Parker and John Cass
28 Mar 2015 Hen Harrier

Female Hen Harrier crossed the bridleway at the end of The Ridge at Kingston near Lewes, putting the wind up the gulls and crows in the next field. Possibly the same bird as seen at nearby Rodmell recently?

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Malcolm Shaw
28 Mar 2015 Alpine Swift in Crawley

An Alpine Swift over Royal Mail car park on industrial estate at 9.22 and at Lowfield Heath at 13.30 (TQ 273401) (per Birdguides)

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Chris Barfield
27 Mar 2015 I would walk 500 miles
Spent the 27th locked in a birdrace against other young birders from up and down the country, but with the slight twist of not being allowed to use motorised transport at all! First I walked to Splash Point, where I arrived by 06:25, mopping up urban species along the way. A 20 minute seawatch produced one Great Crested Grebe, before I decided it was completely dead. On Seaford Head the only migrants were Meadow Pipits in off, 5 or so Chiffchaffs and a single Firecrest in Hope Gap. In the Cuckmere the Greenshank, White-fronted Goose and a single Barnacle Goose were all seen on the West Side, alongside a Gadwall and 5 Shoveler among the commoner ducks. A few other additions like Raven, Little Grebe etc put me on 65, and a long hard slog to mop up more species followed! Walking up the Cuckmere produced Cetti's Warbler in Charleston Reedbed and the Great Grey Shrike at High and Over, a short foray into Friston Forest got Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush and a few other woodland species, and scouring the Downs north of Seaford got Bullfinch, Corn Bunting and Red-legged Partridge, eventually putting me on 77. A singing Blackcap in Seaford as I wandered home meant I finished a day where I'd walked some 15 miles and seen 78 species, great fun and hopefully a winning score! Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Liam Curson
27 Mar 2015 Pagham North Wall and onto Church Norton   more...

Having seen a few pictures posted online by a friend it inspired me to take another trip to Pagham north wall. It is worth the visit just to see the Black-tailed Godwits numbering around 200 coming into their breeding colours (pic attached). Once again I noted Snipe, Pintail, Shoveler,Wigeon, Teal plus regular inhabitants. Walking further around the harbour towards Halsey's Farm there were Chiffchaffs, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were at the farm. As I passed the Crab and Lobster Inn I saw my first Red Kite in this area. It was patrolling along the hedgerow and then flew east towards Pagham over the harbour. Helpers at the RSPB centre at Sidlesham Ferry said that one had been in the area for a few days. The birds of note at the ferry were a small group of Avocet. At Church Norton there were large numbers of Oystercatchers, Redshank, Shelduck and where ever I looked there seemed to be Ringed Plovers scampering across the mud flats. All in all a good day with 45 plus species recorded and being somewhat weary I caught the bus back to Pagham where I was parked.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Graham Whitehead
27 Mar 2015 Shrike   more...
Shrike still there at the usual spot. Posted on 27 Mar 2015 by Peter Calladine
27 Mar 2015 Cuckmere and Arlington Res.   more...

Two Firecrests at Coastguard Cottages this morning (thanks to the birder who had three earlier) - also an adder sunning itself (picture attached). At Arlington, a pair of Grey Wagtails and plenty of Chiffchaffs singing.

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 by Phillip Wells
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