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28 Aug 2016 Curlew Sandpipers at Pagham

Three Curlew Sandpipers were feeding in Whyte's Creek on the falling tide. Earlier one had been glimpsed from the North Wall while 5 Little Stints, 9 Spotted Redshank and 12 Greenshank were the Breech Pool's highlights.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Richard Fairbank
28 Aug 2016 Windy Church Norton

Quick visit to Church Norton to show my visiting mum what a windy but beautiful place it is. Just reached the water's edge and not one but two Ospreys appeared, one made several attempts at fishing then to our delight it caught one (not for the fish). We watched them both fly off, walked to the beach and to our surprise one flew right over our heads - what a treat.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Jan Gardner
28 Aug 2016 Turtle dove   more...

The previously-reported turtle dove (sometimes two) was on the lawn at Alciston virtually every day from May 14 to August 9: it has not been seen since. More recently a green woodpecker has been feeding, presumably ants, to a nearly fully-grown juvenile. Occasionally the latter feeds itself.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Michael Hawkins
28 Aug 2016 Pulborough Brooks   more...

At Westmead a greenshank at close quarters, at redstart-corner, fittingly a redstart and lesser whitethroat, at the Hanger we failed to connect with the wood sandpiper (distance the issue - astronomical!), at Jupp's we failed to pick out garganeys from the commoner ducks but at Nettley's we were treated to a flycatching spectacle of redstarts, (two, pic of one in the act!), willow warblers (20), blackcaps and whitethroats (two of each) as well as tits and a robin.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
27 Aug 2016 Arundel WWT   more...

Despite missing several regular species, and having to rather consciously work out where to find several others, struggled to 67 species. Wildfowl and warblers topped the list, but birds of prey came a close second with 8 species: regular five, plus singles of Osprey (seems to be persistent!), Marsh Harrier (smart juvenile rather half heartedly challenged by one of Peregrines) and Hobby. Sparrowhawk killed hen Bullfinch. Waders represented by two Common Sandpipers and singles of Common Snipe and Green Sandpiper. Little song from Wood Pigeon, Robin, Wren, Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff. Only sign of breeding was a Wood Pigeon feeding a fledgling.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by David Harper
28 Aug 2016 Arun south of Arundel

An Osprey over the river to the south of Arundel at 08.45 for five minutes before heading eastwards. First I've had on this side of the town. Also a flock of at least 37 Yellow Wagtails flew though at 09.15 immediately after a heavy shower, 1 Snipe (put up by the Osprey), 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Lapwings and 2 Little Egrets.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Martin Daniel
27 Aug 2016 Hope Gap and Harry's Bush   more...

A good variety of the commoner warblers but not necessarily high numbers in Hope Gap and Harry's Bush early Saturday morning Hope Gap - Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler in willow-herb. Heard a Nightingale croak. At Harry's Bush fewer birds but one, probably two, Spotted Flycatchers and several Willow warblers also fly catching in the sheltered areas plus Whitethroats and another Garden Warbler.

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Richard Allan
28 Aug 2016 Out among the cows .....   more...

For me at least the influx of yellow wagtails into the county at this season is a sensational experience, they being vitually absent at other times, and so it was yesterday among the cows at Pagham Harbour, the little birds in the grass moving among the legs of the great beasts (pic attached).

Posted on 28 Aug 2016 by Alan Kitson
27 Aug 2016 Scarce bird news

A Tawny Pipit flew E at Sheepcote Valley this afternoon, a Honey-buzzard flew S at Angmering, and Ospreys were present at Thorney Deeps and Medmerry (per

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Chris Barfield
27 Aug 2016 Arun south of Arundel

A juvenile Peregrine tried its luck unsuccessfully with first a Mallard then a Jackdaw on the route this morning. There were 10 Grey Partridges presumably put down recently. Also 6 Common Sandpipers, 90 or more Lapwings, 4 Little Egrets and a smattering of warblers - 2 to 3 each of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler, plus at least 8 Reed Buntings and a single Wheatear.

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Martin Daniel
27 Aug 2016 Osprey at Beachy   more...

An Osprey flew south over Beachy Head at 10:39 this morning. Otherwise it was rather quiet, especially compared to recent days. Later a Greenshank on the Adur and a local colour-ringed Herring Gull previously seen there four times during 2010-13.

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Richard Fairbank
27 Aug 2016 Steady as she goes...   more...

Fairly consistent numbers of migrants on Black Down over the past two days, with the odd surprise thrown in. Between us yesterday (26th), Paul Matson and I saw 2 hobbies, 3+ tree pipits, 31+ hirundines (mostly swallows), 2 redstarts, 7+ spotted flycatchers, 20+ chiffchaffs and 2+ willow warblers. Today the hirundines were up to 160+ (80/20 in favour of house martins), but quite possibly many more, 2 tree pipits, 1 pied wagtail (actually quite a good bird here!), 1 redstart, 8+ spotted flycatchers, similar numbers of chiffchaffs and a whitethroat. A total of 15 lesser black-backed gulls flew through, and an unseen whimbrel was heard calling overhead, presumably heading for the coast. Strangest of all was a juvenile kestrel with jesses attached. I suppose someone had lifted this from a nest a month or two ago, and subsequently “lost” it. The kestrel – if it had a view on the matter at all – may have seen it as a lucky escape.

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Dave Burges
27 Aug 2016 Pagham Harbour North Wall   more...

This morning on the Breech Pool were three juv curlew sandpipers (pic of one attached), five juv little stints, seven greenshank, three or more spotted redshank and single common and green sandpipers besides many roosting redshank, black-tailed godwits and lapwing and 10 dunlin. Among the cows in a neighbouring field were some 50 yellow wagtails. A cream-cap marsh harrier was over the fields and two juv peregrines were about, one of which perched in the harbour. A black swan was on White's Creek as were six wigeon.

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Alan Kitson
27 Aug 2016 Mystery white bird

Regarding Malcolm and Brenda's sighting of a mystery white bird. Two weeks ago while having a coffee outside my workshop on the marina in Southwick, a white bird caught my attention in amongst a flock of starlings. I grabbed my bins and managed to get a good look at what turned out to be a very pale white looking budgie. it fed on the ground following the starlings then flying off with them, calling all the way. It seemed to be enjoying its freedom. Sounds like the same bird.

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by shane burtenshaw
26 Aug 2016 Montagu's Harrier

A ringtail Montagu's Harrier seen and photographed today at Seaford Head by Paul Evans (per Sussex Birders Facebook Group).

Posted on 27 Aug 2016 by Paul James
26 Aug 2016 For the love of shovelers!   more...

Picture here of some of the shovelers at Waltham Brooks yesterday, most awake now and exposing their mammoth beaks.

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Alan Kitson
25 Aug 2016 Small bird fest at Woods Mill   more...

Otherwise very quiet, Woods Mill had a lot of activity east of the pond around 5.30pm. One Pied Flycatcher(f) noted close to path and numerous 'Willow Chaffs' plus Reed Warblers active and readily viewable feeding on seed heads. Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat probable (distant juvs). Most intriguing though amongst good numbers of Long-tailed Tit was one with pure white head and no sign as far as I could see of shadows to mark juvs developing darker head pattern of BI ssp.

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Graeme Charles
25 Aug 2016 Swifts still here   more...

Six Swifts were hawking over the oak trees at Poveys Close allotments at 19.45. My latest Swift record by a good margin. Earlier in the week one over Wilson Avenue, Brighton on Tuesday, and two over Shoreham Town Centre yesterday.

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Dick Jackson
25 Aug 2016 Good day at Beachy

A walk from Birling Gap to Beachy Head to Cornish pumping station to Crowlink and back to Birling Gap produced the following highlights. At 12.35pm a group of 6 raptors came in slowly from the W and started to slowly and with some difficulty gain height. The group included 2 Honey Buzzards, one of which was a male with a lovely grey head and neck; the other bird was a female. All 6 birds, the other 4 being Common Buzzards, continued to slowly gain height but then decided against continuing out to sea and drifted off high inland towards East Dean. Other raptors seen included a young Marsh Harrier and a Hobby. Plenty of migrants about including 50+ Wheatears, 50+ Yellow Wagtails, 5 Whinchats, 20+ Whitethroats, 10+ Willow Warblers, 3 Redstarts and a Spotted Flycatcher. Eleven Clouded Yellows and a Silver-spotted Skipper were the best of the butterflies and several hundred Autumn Ladies Tresses were in flower.

Posted on 25 Aug 2016 by Mike Scott-Ham
24 Aug 2016 Osprey on Arun   more...

While walking the east bank of the Arun between Arundel and Amberley opposite the WWT reserve we observed an Osprey fishing. We watched it for about 10 minutes around 4pm until it left heading westwards. Looking into the bright sun, plumage detail was very difficult to see. Also nearby a Wheatear, and as we headed toward Amberley hundreds of hirundines were feeding above the river

Posted on 25 Aug 2016 by Colin Upton & Ann Nutley
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