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21 Jul 2017 Around Arundel

This morning 10 Common Sandpipers on the shorter dog walk by the Arun south of Arundel, one more than on the same route on Wednesday and Tuesday, so seemingly little movement occurring. Also 2 Oystercatchers and 1 Lapwing today, while 2 Dunlin present on Wednesday. Yesterday a walk from Amberley station to Arundel was very quiet apart from 2 Little Owls near North Stoke and a handful of Chiffchaffs with 1 Willow Warbler in the riverside trees near South Stoke.

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 by Martin Daniel
20 Jul 2017 Turtle doves   more...

Two turtle doves on the road amidst the fields in a W Sussex location. I have a picture but it's in Raw format and don't know how to reduce it to 100k. I will happily convert it to jpeg if anybody is interested as I know this is a red list species.

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 by paul conroy
19 Jul 2017 Hummingbird Hawk-moths

I hope this sighting may be of interest to people, at my house in Horsham I had 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths which were in the rear garden, seem to like yellow flowers mainly.

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 by Chris Collins
20 Jul 2017 Birds of prey   more...

This evening whilst watching a Buzzard and Sparrowhawk that I see regularly from my home overlooking the country park in Jarvis Brook I spotted another bird of prey. I haven't seen this bird before but was able to watch it for several minutes. I'm not an expert in identifying birds but having referred to my bird book I believe it to have been a Hobby. Would be interested to know if anyone else saw this bird?

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 by Keith Grose
20 Jul 2017 Pulborough Brooks   more...

This morning, from the Hanger and Jupp's View, not a single lapwing but five black-tailed godwits and three green sandpipers and ducks included a wigeon and two shoveler (pic attached of them in their usual pose ie heads down!).

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
22 Jul 2017 Birding around West Sussex - Talk

Hello everyone. Please don't miss the chance to come and hear Bernie Forbes talk on "Birding around West Sussex" on Saturday July 22nd at Portsmouth Local RSPB group. Starts at 7.30pm. A warm welcome awaits with a free refreshments in the interval. All your support is invaluable for aiding the RSPB to give our nature a home. See many more details on our web page Portsmouth Local RSPB.

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 by Heather Mills
19 Jul 2017 Pulborough Brooks this evening

A fleeting visit to the Brooks after work and sadly the rain hadn't dropped a great deal, although good to see the water levels up a little. Five Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mandarins and 76 Greylag Geese were the best I could manage from the Hanger.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Matt Phelps
19 Jul 2017 Cuckmere   more...

A walk down the west side of the River Cuckmere and there were more waders in evidence - 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin and 2 Redshank - I also saw a Kingfisher. The highlight was a Yellow Wagtail (picture attached) - my first for the year. Also of note were the 30+ Blackbirds.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Phillip Wells
19 Jul 2017 Birding around Pagham   more...

A pleasant few hours birding around Pagham with Owen Mitchell and Tony Marr. The North Wall highlights were 3 Greenshanks, Spotted Redshank and Ruff on the Breech Pool with probably 2 Yellow-legged Gulls out in the gloom and Common Sandpiper in Whites Creek. Sidlesham Ferry: single Wood SandpiperGreen Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Common Sandpipers were the highlights. At Church Norton we sheltered in the hide, enjoying the masses of busy terns feeding their young with at least 8 Mediterranean Gulls roosting out on the salt marsh. (Bernie Forbes, Tony Marr & Owen Mitchell).

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Bernie Forbes
19 Jul 2017 Pagham, Ferry Pool   more...

An adult male Ruff (probably same as seen at Breech Pool yesterday), 3 Avocet, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 26 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Shelduck, 1 Mute Swan, 9 Wood Pigeons and 28 Black-headed Gulls.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Robert Shaw
19 Jul 2017 Old Jetty, Pagham Harbour   more...

From here on the falling tide this morning waders included a common sandpiper, 25 dunlin (24 adults with black belly-patches and just one apparently a juv), say 20 curlew and six whimbrel (pic attached of one). Yellow-legged gulls in the saltings were mainly comotose, seemingly, but I reckoned maybe about 10 made up of all ages! There were a few hundred black-headed gulls, a few Med gulls, a pair of common terns and even a little tern this far up.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
19 Jul 2017 Green woodies   more...

Jumping around in the grass in the horse field near Breach Pool, Pagham Harbour this morning were two juv and one adult green woodpeckers (pic attached), a sumptuous sight, as judged from the colour of their moustatial stripes they were juv male, juv female and dad.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
19 Jul 2017 Breach Pool, Pagham Harbour   more...

At 9 o'clock this morning, among 30 adult black-tailed godwits was one spotted redshank (moulting summer to winter) and two greenshank (with a further three flying over) (pic attached showing the former on left, and one of latter on right) two redshank and two dunlin and some 10 teal (besides countless mallards) and reed warblers were singing still.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
18 Jul 2017 Arundel to Littlehampton

A walk from Arundel by the Arun to Littlehampton this afternoon was in marked contrast to a week ago, with Common Sandpipers down from 38 to 14 (11 on the stretch from Arundel to Ford rail bridge), while Little Egret numbers had halved from 34 to 17 (13 on the Ford-Littlehampton stretch). Two Whimbrel and 2 Oystercatchers were well down on a week ago. Low tide rather than rising tide may have made some difference but it seems many of last week's birds have moved on. Gull numbers increasing, but in the afternoon heat passerine numbers very thin.

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 by Martin Daniel
18 Jul 2017 Pagham, Breech Pool   more...

An adult male Ruff, 1 almost black Spotted Redshank, 69 Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin and 1 Curlew.

Posted on 18 Jul 2017 by Robert Shaw
17 Jul 2017 Siskins around Maidenbower, Crawley   more...

Siskins have always been one of my commonest year-round garden visitors in the 10years I've been at this address. This summer there appears to be more young than ever coming with the adults for sunflower hearts so presumably a very successful breeding year in the nearby Worth Woods.

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Richard Allan
17 Jul 2017 Flying Ants, many gulls and a Bullfinch   more...

Another mass emergence of Common Black Ants in Hollingbury. I wasted time watching a variety of the usual suspects, both spiders and birds, gorging themselves. Rather late in the visit, I realised just how many gulls there were on Crowhurst Hill (the pasture by Ditchling Road) and Hollingbury Industrial Estate. No vantage point allowed me to see all the gulls at once. Absolute minima were at least 480 Herring Gulls including at least 50 flying juveniles, about 30 Black-headed Gulls (all adults), 6 Great Black-backed Gulls (all adults) and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all adults). They had clearly been drawn from a wider area than the mixed colony and loaf on the industrial estate. The Herring Gulls made a nuisance of themselves catching ants on roads and car parks, dodging in and out of traffic: A juvenile was killed on Ditchling Road. Earlier on Ladies Mile LNR, a male Bullfinch was collecting flying ants as if there was no tomorrow, fluttering up at stout herbs to seize them as well as taking them on the ground. His repeated trips into scrub suggested he had family to feed.

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by David Harper
17 Jul 2017 Weir Wood Res

A 100% success rate this year as all 8 Common Tern chicks have now fledged.

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Alastair Gray
17 Jul 2017 Cuckmere waders   more...

From Exceat to the sea, riverside 10.20 to 12.40. Some 44 curlews were at their roost in the fields (when do they feed, at night?) while on the river's mud were two whimbrel (which may have later joined the curlews), two adult oystercatchers and a pleasing group of five small waders - three little ringed plovers (adult and two juvs), an adult summer very well marked dunlin (perhaps of the race alpina?) and an adult summer-plumaged sanderling, a real beauty (pic of these two attached). Also some eight juv shelducks with various adults. Notable also was the abundance of common blue butterflies feeding along the path on yellow melilot and purple vetch (I've seen hardly any in West Sussex).

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
17 Jul 2017 Arun south of Arundel

Still plenty of Common Sandpipers milling around the river this morning, with 13 on the shorter version of the walk. Also 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk and an elusive but vocal Red-legged Partridge.

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Martin Daniel
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