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02 Jun 2017 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve   more...

Some rare bird excitement this morning, with a 7.25 text message from Mike Russell of a Black-winged Stilt flying over Castle Water and possibly landing on a pool at the west end of Rye Harbour Farm. It was refound and gave excellent views from the public footpath. Such an elegant bird and it was finding lots to eat.

Posted on 02 Jun 2017 by Barry Yates
01 Jun 2017 Another Red Kite Sighting for East Sussex   more...

Foxhunt Green, Waldron. A Red Kite drifted over late morning yesterday. I presume it is the same bird seen north of Ringmer.

Posted on 02 Jun 2017 by Janet Wilkes
01 Jun 2017 Around Arundel

After a series of desultory walks by the River Arun to the north and south of Arundel over the past week - with no passage waders and few passerines calling - this morning's walk to the north of the town was more interesting. The Cuckoo between Warningcamp and the Black Rabbit was calling continuously. There was also a Grey Wagtail by the river in the town and a Lesser Whitethroat was calling near the start of the walk - the first there for a couple of weeks. Re the Whitethroat debate: there was only one on the route today and they have also been very sparse by the river to the south of Arundel, in both cases well down on last year. But numbers on two visits in mid and late May to the Rackham Banks and the Burgh areas of the Downs seemed high.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Martin Daniel
01 Jun 2017 SOS Mid Week Walk   more...

20 SOS members assembled at the car park this morning at the Western Weald for a stroll over the Heathland on a delightful sunny summers days. Although by this date many of the bird species had stopped singing we found plenty of birding activity to keep up our interested .In the trees around the car park we briefly heard and saw a scalding Marsh Tit that may have been feeding a young bird, unfortunately they quickly disappeared. Setting off one of the features of the walk were the number of pairs of Bullfinch we encountered during the entire day. Estimating at least 6 pairs with an obvious family party later in the afternoon. On the heath we found singing Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat .During the day we found at least 3 family parties of Crossbill that showed very well, at one time the adults were still feeding the striped juveniles. A singing Tree Pipit put on a good display with all of us enjoying its parachute flight. 2 Woodlark was watched feeding on the ground at close quarters really unfazed by our presences. During the rest of the morning walk we noted Stonechat and Common Buzzard. Lunch was taken in the warm sunshine watching Common Buzzards active in the thermals, in addition we noted another 3 Bullfinch .After lunch we explored the southern end of the heath where a couple of Red Kite drifted over and finding another singing Woodlark. At the stunning viewpoint "The Temple Of The Winds" we spent at least half an hour enjoying the fabulous views over Sussex pointing out the various landmarks to the south. On the walk back we added little to our list except for a couple of calling Siskin and more Bullfinch which eventually showed really well with a couple of males on full display.Returning to our cars just after 1500hrs it was a enjoyable day.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Bernie Forbes
01 Jun 2017 Red Kite   more...

Wow, after reading of so many Sussex Red Kites, I finally saw one north of Ringmer.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Paul Waghorn
31 May 2017 Ringed plover at Church Norton   more...

Alan Kitson was sad not to see any ringed plovers or redshanks yesterday. We were on the beach during the afternoon and had a good view of a ringed plover flying low from left to right.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Robert and Carolyn Ash
01 Jun 2017 Whitethroats   more...

In response to Tim Parmenter's question on whitethroat numbers this year, my experience on heathland sites in the Western Weald is that numbers are noticeably up, as indeed are garden warblers. Not sure what sort of sites Tim refers to, but maybe there's a difference between heathland and other habitats normally occupied by whitethroats? If so, the reasons for that might take some time to work out!

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by David Burges
01 Jun 2017 Whitethroats

Tim, there's plenty of Common and Lesser Whitethroats at Rye Harbour...

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Barry Yates
01 Jun 2017 Serin

A female Serin at Sandy Point, Hants this morning flew across the mouth of Chichester Harbour at 08:05 into Sussex towards East Head.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 by Andy Johnson
31 May 2017 Nightjars   more...

At least two nightjars at Old Lodge tonight, very good views of the male.

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Paul Stevens
31 May 2017 Whitethroats

Is it just me or are Whitethroats particularly scarce this year? I have hardly seen any at all despite visiting all the usual local areas.

Posted on 31 May 2017 by tim parmenter
31 May 2017 Pagham Harbour   more...

East side 08.30 to 11.30 A pair of shelducks with their brood of 11 small shelducklings (pic attached), six dunlin put to flight all too soon by a pair of peregrines hunting in unison, about 10 curlew and noisy oystercatchers but no sign of them nesting and not a single ringed plover nor redshank to be seen, sad to say. Looking over to Church Norton all three common sorts of terns, black-headed gulls and a pair of Med gulls at Tern Island, buzzards in the air and a cuckoo singing.

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Alan Kitson
31 May 2017 First home Red Kite   more...

After a fair few years of missing out, at 8am this morning I got my first 'home' Red Kite. A single bird flying north which did a couple of circles above my garden to enable me to get some record shots (see poor but identifiable photo). While in the evening of my life it's still a thrill to get the occasional thrill.

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Allan Roffey
30 May 2017 Hobby   more...

Hobby seen flying across fields (west side of harbour) and perching on hedgerow at 12.18pm today. It then flew off low and west. Similar to a sighting two days ago. Images available.

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Andy Wilkes
30 May 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Day started well with splendid views of a pair of Spotted Flycatchers near the Black Pond. At Hales View, seven Black-tailed Godwits could be made out along with a Redshank, and Stonechats were using the electric fence as convenient perches. A Cuckoo gave a flypast and could be heard now and then as it continued into the distance. Back on the main trail, Garden Warblers were rambling again after avoiding me for a week, and there appeared to be young birds peeping everywhere. On the North Brooks, the earlier godwits had now grown in number to twenty-two with some in fantastic orange breeding plumage. Fifteen Gadwall were a bit of a surprise unlike the now regular Egyptian Geese.

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Gary Trew
21 May 2017 Great Spotted Woodpecker nests   more...

A search of 1km square TQ0223 in The Mens NR (SWT) over two days revealed 9 active Great Spotted Woodpecker nests. All checked with our nest inspection camera. Photo from one nest with 4 chicks attached.

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Ken & Linda Smith
30 May 2017 Nightjar   more...

At 15:30 a Nightjar heard churring where South Downs Way meets track down into West Dean Woods.

Posted on 30 May 2017 by kerry jackson
30 May 2017 East Sussex Red Kite and Cuckoo   more...

At 14:50 a Red Kite seen drifting westward over Bewl Water mobbed by two Crows, and on the far shore a Little Egret, with three Buzzards overhead. Also 07:50 a Cuckoo heard calling from Stonegate garden (TQ667285). 

Posted on 30 May 2017 by David Hollingdale
28 May 2017 Correction - Nightjars and Woodcock at RSPB Broadwater Warren   more...

The Nightjars and Woodcock seen at Broadwater on Sunday evening were on the Eastern, not Western, Heath. Apologies for error.

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Alan Loweth
29 May 2017 Little Owl

Little owl spotted on a telegraph wire in Edburton today.

Posted on 29 May 2017 by Matt B
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