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27 Jul 2017 Weir Wood

This afternoon, at the west end, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher and a Little Egret were feeding around the edges.

Posted on 27 Jul 2017 by Alastair Gray
27 Jul 2017 Yellow-legged Gulls on the Adur   more...

At low tide two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls were on a sandbar in the /River Adur by the airport. Also Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel. One of the Yellow-legged Gulls was colour-ringed, most likely from a German/Swiss scheme. It is the first colour-ringed Yellow-legged Gull I have seen and takes my Adur total between the railway line and A27 flyover to 226 readings of 136 individuals of eight species. For anyone interested there are more details on https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/ with an example of each species and one that got away.

Posted on 27 Jul 2017 by Richard Fairbank
27 Jul 2017 Red Kite - East Chiltington   more...

Red Kite soaring over the railway line and heading south towards the Downs.

Posted on 27 Jul 2017 by Nigel Patching
27 Jul 2017 Cuckmere Spoonbill

A Spoonbill preening in the beach scrape/lagoon (viewed from the west side river bank) and then doing what Spoonbills do best - standing on one leg with its head in its back. On my return walk I looked back across the lagoon but it had disappeared from view. Also a Greenshank on the ditches behind the west side small lagoon.

Posted on 27 Jul 2017 by Peter Martin
26 Jul 2017 Nightjars at the Warren   more...

Two chi rring nightjars were at Broadwater Warren after 9:15pm, one at nightjar viewpoint and one near the car park.

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by jack headley
26 Jul 2017 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Shoreham & Widewater   more...

This morning a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was sat on the end of Shoreham Harbour's west arm (see attached image) for half an hour or so. Forty minutes later it, or another looking very similar, was seen on the beach at Widewater pecking at a dead eel. More images for anyone interested may be found at https://birdingneversleeps.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Richard Fairbank
25 Jul 2017 Honey Buzzard   more...

Many thanks to all for conformation of this bird being a male Honey Buzzard. So nice to get a new garden species, a rare occurrence these days. Not a very good photo but I don't care....

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Allan Roffey
25 Jul 2017 Raptor sighting north of Rye   more...

The photo shows a Honey Buzzard, the barring on the belly a clear ID feature of HB. Plus the long tail and small protruding head are all good features for this species. 

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Bernie Forbes
26 Jul 2017 Common buzzard

Referring to Mike Brayshaw's entry below, this would be a common buzzard, a species which does commonly hover. 

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
26 Jul 2017 HB

Looking at Alan Roffey's picture below it's a honey-buzzard alright (just look at its projecting small head, long tail and body barring) and its underwing pattern says it's a male, an adult I'd say. What a lovely one!

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
25 Jul 2017 Swift flock   more...

A very large flock of over 200 swifts at the peak around 11:00 with a few swallows, house martins and a single sand martin over and around a poppy field in Standean Bottom just east of Woodingdean

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Phil Dunk
25 Jul 2017 Peregrines, Lewes

While doing gardening work had a great view of two peregrines hunting pigeons. Forgot how noisy they are! The flew back in direction of Offham.

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Liam Cheesman
26 Jul 2017 Pevensey Levels Osprey

An Osprey seen flying quite close to the A259 at 7am this morning. It dived several times before finally catching a fish and heading off westwards. It flew up quite high (still carrying the fish) to escape the attentions of a couple of corvids and I didn't see it land anywhere.

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Mike Mullis
25 Jul 2017 Time for a sandwich   more...

While sailing on Chichester Harbour near Birdham a calm spell gave me leisure to eat my lunch and (appropriately) admire the spectacular aerial skills of two Sandwich Terns repeatedly plunge-diving for fish close to the boat. They were ignored by six Mediterranean Gulls sitting on the water, their half-moulted black heads looking distinctly moth-eaten. Eventually the wind picked up and propelled me up Fishbourne Creek, where a rower (not me!) flushed some 80–100 Curlew from their high-water roost in the saltmarsh on the western bank. Driving home I had less leisure time to admire a Red Kite over Amberley.

Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by John Woodward
25 Jul 2017 Bird of prey....ID please   more...

This bird flew over my garden this afternoon heading south towards Rye. I assume it's a Common Buzzard but have a little wish that it might be a Honey-buzzard. Any help would be good.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Allan Roffey
25 Jul 2017 Yellow Wagtails at Pagham

A pleasant evening stroll at Pagham North Wall produced a couple of extremely early yellow wagtails. An adult of vivid, lemon yellow,and a pale juv, solicitous of food. A possible second adult was seen nearby, along with some grey wagtails. The north fields offered excellent, extended views of two hunting barn owls.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Dave Illman
25 Jul 2017 Rough-legged buzzard, Cissbury   more...

Just North of Cissbury Ring, 11:00; took no notice - just another buzzard - until it hovered, again and again.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Mike Brayshaw
25 Jul 2017 Weir Wood

Four Green Sandpipers feeding on the mud this afternoon at the west end.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Alastair Gray
25 Jul 2017 Cuckmere Haven   more...

One maybe two Hobbies seen this morning by Coastguards Cottages (with Peter Martin). Whitethroats were plentiful as were Willow Warblers, also 50+ Swifts flying high over. On to Arlington Res - Little Ringed Plover being the only highlight at the dam end (picture attached), there were also 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Phillip Wells
25 Jul 2017 Brooklands, Worthing

Whilst riding the narrow-gauge railway on Diddly Dum (we were child-minding at the time!), on the lake was a pair of Little Grebes with three small chicks which often climbed upon one parent's back, guessed to be mum. a charming sight. Overhead at one time a Buzzard soared.

Posted on 25 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
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