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21 Jan 2013 Steyning Rifle Range

Flushed a Bittern near the Mill Pond, about 20 Lapwing flying over with some in fields around the area and huge flocks of Fieldfares flying over.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 by Sally Johnstone & Pete Varkala
21 Jan 2013 Weather movement

Clear weather movement of thrushes as a steady stream of mostly Fieldfares (approx 1,000 per hour) and Redwings moved W over my house in Bognor this morning. Similarly to one of yesterday's reports, in Hotham Park this morning a GSW was drumming loudly.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 by Chris Seaton
21 Jan 2013 Lewes Fieldfares   more...

Over past few days Fieldfare numbers have increased in our garden from 30 on the 19th to over 70 this morning. However only a few Redwings.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 by Brian Cox
20 Jan 2013 Barn owl and Peregrine east of Fox Hill   more...

A Barn owl hunted all day over the snow covered fields between Hurstwood Grange and Fox Hill, east of the B2112, just south of Haywards Heath. Around 4pm a Peregrine flew over from east to west.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Erik Burman
20 Jan 2013 Bearded tits

Five bearded tits still by Long Pool, Pagham Harbour, also snipe and gadwall on Ferry Pool, fieldfares and redwings in the Discovery Area.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Roy
20 Jan 2013 Winter birding - but signs of spring!   more...

Noticed while on a wintry walk around Midhurst and Easebourne, ca. 30 Siskins busily feeding in tall alders in The Wharf, with a dozen Redwings flying around nearby. Into Easebourne and up in The Race, there were seven Bullfinches (5m 2f) all together in one small tree, a gorgeous sight against the background of snow and blue/grey skies. But with Stock Dove, Dunnock, Great Tit and Wren all in good voice nearby, together with a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming loudly, spring can't be that far away...

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Hugh Horne
20 Jan 2013 Various - Old Heathfield

Visitors in my garden today amongst the usual suspects included a Brambling, 12 Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, Goldfinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Lesser Redpoll.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Heather Maryson
20 Jan 2013 Waders at Hope Gap

Flushed a Woodcock up from the path through Hope Gap, while on the rockpools below were ca. 50 Lapwing, 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, a Redshank and, unusually for the time of year, a Bar-tailed Godwit and three Grey Plovers. Presumed cold-weather movements, as it's the first time I've seen either species locally in the winter. Further east, a juv Sanderling feeding along the tideline at Cuckmere Haven was equally unusual for the area, my first ever record for the Cuckmere. Seven Dunlin were also present here, increasing the wader tally to a respectable eight species, probably the most I've ever managed here in winter!

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Liam Curson
20 Jan 2013 Lewes Brooks

Out on the brooks, aside from the hundreds of Wigeon everywhere, in one small partially flooded meadow were over 100 Snipe feeding in two groups with birds joining and leaving all the time.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Tim Duffield
20 Jan 2013 Ferring in the snow

Notes from us plus C. Hope and P. Dale. Water Rail now everyday in our garden feeding under the feeders. Plus two Redpolls and a Pied Wagtail. On the beach today: large movement of Fieldfares W seen by C. Hope. On the lagoons: two Lapwing, two Fieldfares, one Meadow Pipit, eight or ten Teal, five Wigeon, four Snipe. Thirty-six lapwing W. Four Skylark W. A Little Grebe and a Water Rail on river. P. Dale reports several Redwings late in the pm. Just before dark two Fieldfares just outside our garden.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Mike and Tricia Hall
20 Jan 2013 Birds by the Adur

Today some cold weather movement. Best was a calling Wood Lark at Shoreham Fort which flushed up and flew west (one of my all time favourites that brightens up any day). In a front garden opposite Fort Haven 80 Fieldfares were gorging on berries. Off route of the Adur slightly single drake Pintail and Tufted Duck were on Widewater where a lone Golden Plover flew west along the beach and five Fieldfares flew over. A pair of Gadwall and local Herring Gull A6XY were on the Adur by the Airport. The maize field at Cuckoo Corner had ca. 1000 Wood Pigeons, 7+ Stock Doves, 250 Jackdaws, 120 Chaffinches and two Yellowhammers with 40 Sky Larks on the opposite bank of the Adur and a Water Rail dashing across a nearby ditch. An afternoon walk across Beeding Brooks and back down the Adur produced a Barn and two Short-eared Owls, 30+ Fieldfares and single Redpoll (fly-over) and Bullfinch. A very pleasant day.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by richard fairbank
20 Jan 2013 Goring Gap

Twenty-eight species at Goring Gap between 11.30 and 14.50 in a light snowy N wind including Dunlin 40, Ringed Plover 5, Sanderling 8, Turnstone 4, Redshank 3, Grey Plover 3, Oystercatcher 5, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull 200+, Great Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull 1 second winter, Skylark 7, Meadow Pipit 1, Teal 6 on sea, Wigeon 2 on sea, Red-breasted Merganser 1W, Fieldfare 200+ W. Also, some Redwings W and Lapwing 50+ W. Highlights for me were one Golden Plover and one Yellowhammer.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Stephen Simpson
20 Jan 2013 Ouse Estuary Geese   more...

Walked from home mid afternoon along to the Ouse Estuary and headed along the foot/cycle path towards the viewing screen, a handful of Fieldfares were feeding on the few remaining berries, Twenty-six Curlew probed the field at Denton end, mid route small groups of Teal on open water amongst the ice with three Shoveler, one of which was a drake in incomplete adult plumage, another dozen Curlew in a farther field, two Brent Geese seen from path as I approached the screen and an overhead flock of some 40 Fieldfares. My attention however was now drawn to a small group of eleven grey geese in field looking towards the harbour, on closer inspection these proved to be White-fronted Geese which soon took flight but to my relief returned to the same field and after a quick phone call, Peter Wilson now has on his seen from home list, I continued to view from the screen and was soon entertained by a most obliging Barn Owl which at one point made eye to eye contact before heading off over the fields towards Tidemills. In the same field as the geese I counted 68 roosting Curlew, three Shelduck and a larger flock of Lapwing, the latter were spread in small numbers over the whole site and a few Snipe were seen, mostly in flight. Yesterday north of South Heighton I found a feeding/resting group of 36 Snipe.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Les Bird
20 Jan 2013 Ringmer Garden   more...

Once again I got no further than the kitchen window but had several Fieldfares and Starlings, together with Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap (photo attached) and a Jay, a first for our garden.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Phillip Wells
20 Jan 2013 Barn Owls at Greatham Bridge   more...

We were privileged to have fabulous views of a pair of Barn Owls hunting. Neither were observed to have been successful. Walking from the sewage works north to the road and bridge you cross the small footpath bridge that is constructed from to two planks and a handrail. One of the owls perched on the northernmost post of the handrsil whilst we were stood not more than 15m away. When we crossed the bridge we also noted that an owl pellet was on the handrail complete with small mammal jawbone and teeth! It appeared to be relatively old. Whilst at the bridge we were also blessed with an excellent sighting of a Stoat, stark against the snow! If only we had taken the camera!

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Chris & Tim Berry
20 Jan 2013 Selsey and Pagham   more...

The peninsula was alive with Fieldfares and, to a lesser extent, Redwings today. At Pagham Lagoon two mobile flocks of Fieldfares totalled in excess of 100 birds (though it was otherwise very quiet - three redhead Goldeneyes being the only thing of note.) The field behind the stable at the North Wall held another 80 Fieldfares and at least a dozen Common Snipe. At Tennessee Farm, Hunston at least 150 Fieldfares with about 20 Blackbirds feeding on windfall apples. Best of all was Park Farm, Selsey where, on a snowy and flooded rape field, there was a flock of four Woodlarks (pic of one attached) - thanks Sam Hill & Ian Pitts, 100+ Fieldfares, 50+ Redwings, one Grey Wagtail, 10+ Common Snipe, two Dunlin, one Redshank, 40+ Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwing and 30 Meadow Pipits, but strangely not a single Skylark. And finally two Fieldfares in my Sidlesham garden just before dusk to round the day off!

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by andrew house
20 Jan 2013 Adur in the snow

A brisk walk around the lower Adur in the snow this morning revealed lots of "tame" lapwings feeding on the inter-tidal in preference to the snow covered airfield, and more dunlin than I've seen here for a while - didn't do a full count but estimated 150-200 between the Toll Bridge and Coronation Green. Also smaller numbers of ringed plovers, grey plovers, redshanks, turnstones and one sighting of a snipe. Just one little egret seen. Small flocks of fieldfares flying over and, as the light faded just now, about 30 in trees in Windlesham Road, Shoreham.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Steve Gilbert
20 Jan 2013 Pulborough Brooks RSPB

The White-fronted Goose in front of West Mead today. This bird has been associating with Canada Geese and was first seen in mid-November so perhaps its origin is suspect? Fifty plus Snipe close to the same hide and the Water Rail in front of the visitor centre but otherwise fairly quiet.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Jon Winder
20 Jan 2013 Rodmell in the Snow

A trudge through the snow to opposite the railway bridge and back proved rewarding with 36 spp. Raptors included Peregrine, Kestrel, Merlin and Sparrowhawk. Others of note were a single Kingfisher (first for the year) and, surprisingly, a Red-breasted Merganser flying above the river, a first for me in 12 years in Rodmell.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Sharifin Gardiner
20 Jan 2013 East Beach, Selsey   more...

Quite a surprise today at East Beach Pond as a probable water rail ran across my path, disappearing into the reeds this morning. Two moorhens stood nearby and were darker giants by comparison. A pair of gadwall had joined the mallards on the pond and rooting around in the leaflitter beneath the trees were 22 redwings, 17 fieldfares and four song thrushes. Meanwhile on the nearby green alongside the usual black-headed gulls there were a further 62 fieldfares, 49 redwings, six song thrushes, seven lapwings, two golden plover and four skylarks. On the beach 64 turnstones.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Sarah Russell
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