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17 Jul 2017 Rye Harbour

There may be some disturbance tomorrow - 18th - near the hide at Castle Water because of a workparty

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Barry Yates
17 Jul 2017 Red Kite Seaford Head

A very pleasant but uneventful walk from South Hill Barn and into the Cuckmere valley ended well with a splendid, very close and very scaly juvenile Red Kite floating around Hope Bottom - it came in from the west. It landed on the bushes from time to time then headed up the valley towards Harry's Bush. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Peter Martin
16 Jul 2017 Polegate to Seaford   more...

Quiet between Polegate and Folkington with just 2 young Blackcaps, a very vocal Buzzard, and singing Skylark noted. On the climb above the Long Man a Green Woodpecker in the woods to my right, a Mistle Thrush on the Downs to my left, and a Stock Dove woo-wooing somewhere. On the walk down towards Lullington Heath more Skylarks and a Yellowhammer. At the Heath another Yellowhammer, several Whitethroats and a Song Thrush in full song. I know July-August is quiet for bird song so was surprised to hear 3 different Blackcaps in Friston Forest and Blackbirds singing along Charleston Bottom. At Friston a Nightingale gave unusually good views for about 30 seconds as it moved through the scrub. At Cuckmere Haven a count of 49 Curlew. At Hope Bottom a family of Stonechats with 3 juveniles noted. Also a Rock Pipit. At Splash Point many Kittiwake nests had young, mostly 1 but occasionally 2. Good numbers of different butterflies today with about 30 Dark Green Fritillary, about 5 Silver-washed Fritillary, and 9 White Admirals seen.

Posted on 16 Jul 2017 by Adrian West
17 Jul 2017 When the music stopped .....

Happens at this time of year and I notice it now, how, quite suddenly, you can walk through a wood and, bar woodpigeon and perhaps an occasional song thrush, hear no bird song, no chiffchaffs nor blackcap for example, both of which have sung nonstop since late March, and equally at Waltham Brooks today - no sedge warbler-song now. Such a shame!

Posted on 16 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
16 Jul 2017 Arun south of Arundel

The shorter version of the route this morning yielded 10 Common Sandpipers, much the same as a few days back. Also one Dunlin, one Oystercatcher, 11 Lapwings, 6 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons.

Posted on 16 Jul 2017 by Martin Daniel
15 Jul 2017 In and around Arundel WWT   more...

8.5 hours, 70 species to BirdTrack. Early on, by Mill Road in front of WWT was a juvenile Firecrest with its distinctive face. Seemed to be full grown and alone. Another juvenile whetting my appetite was a brown and stripy Water Rail lurking by Front Pond. Inside the electric fence, 11 wild wildfowl, enlivened outside Ramsar by a Shelduck, 5 Mandarins,1 or 2 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 5 Gadwalls, and a Pochard. I saw no Lapwings, but 3+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers and singles of Redshank, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. Unsurprisingly, of 29 species of small passerines detected, most (24) included juveniles. Cetti's Warblers very quiet, but findable lurking on territories. The skies visible from WWT yielded Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine and a party of 5 Ravens. Gull loaf outside Ramsar attracted an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, at least three Herring Gulls of varying non-juvenile ages, at least 63 adult Black-headed Gulls and at least 22 juveniles. Most of the latter were free-flying 'gingers', but included two broods of downy chicks. One chick was grabbed and swallowed by an adult Grey Heron, which also captured at least three fish during its visit of just over 3 hours. It defended its patch against two different Herons during this period.

Posted on 15 Jul 2017 by David Harper
15 Jul 2017 Pulborough Brooks   more...

A distinct lack of waders today, with only 16 Lapwings in view from the Hanger (that I could see anyway). Seventy-one Greylag Geese, 1 Teal and 2 Mandarins added some interest among the wildfowl. Highlight of the day though was watching Lesser Whitethroats feeding young along Adder Alley (photo attached).

Posted on 15 Jul 2017 by Matt Phelps
14 Jul 2017 Swifts in your neighbourhood   more...

Swifts are feeding chicks now and in this good weather they are regularly coming and going to their nests all through the day. We have only a few weeks left to go out and enjoy these screaming parties before they head south again at the beginning of August. About 8.30-9.30pm is good. If possible try and identify where they are breeding, name of street and house number if possible. When entering your sighting into Birdtrack please add these extra details.

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 by Audrey Wende
14 Jul 2017 Ravens   more...

Fantastic, aren't they! They've come out of nowhere in our lifetime! No longer need you go abroad (Wales!) to see ravens tumbling in the wind, cronking all the while .......(pic attached).

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
14 Jul 2017 Up on the Downs!   more...

Above Storrington we walked a loop from Chantry Hill to Lee Farm and back. Along the South Downs Way a magnificent verge remained, despite the Way being trimmed, rich in flora like scabious, agrimony, cow parsley, and hawthorns supported several singing yellowhammers (pic attached) and corn buntings, a good many linnets too and a few whitethroats and, down below, a surprise in the form of a cuckoo. Around the farm both swallows and house martins were nesting. Buzzards were ever in the air and one or two kestrels too. Three grey partridges were seen.

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
14 Jul 2017 Latest SOSRC Decisions   more...

The latest Sussex record decisions (updated July 14th 2017) from the SOSRC and BBRC are available in the Records section of the site.

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 by Mark Mallalieu
13 Jul 2017 White Stork

A White Stork flew high over Woods Mill Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve today at 12:30, circling several times before heading northwards. My first sighting of this species in the UK!

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 by Dirk Cogan
13 Jul 2017 I can see you!   more...

Picture here of a spotted flycatcher playing hard to get at Pulborough today.

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 by Alan Kitson
12 Jul 2017 Poss. Osprey at Bewl Water

A colleague asked me today if Buzzards eat fish, as he saw one catch a trout at Bewl and then eat it in a tree yesterday.

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 by Jamie Medford
13 Jul 2017 Emsworth harbour

A quick hour spent down looking out from the sea wall by Emsworth marina produced a good showing of birds. Oystercatchers were around and about with 2 whimbrels and a greenshank. There was a group of about 30 amazing brick-red summer plumaged black-tailed godwits out on the mud feeding until the tide came too high for their liking. There was a group of 50 or so black-headed gulls which I scoped out and found a Ssandwich tern and 5 Mediterranean gulls in the flock. In the reed bed Cetti's and reed warblers were singing away. Other species included little egrets, curlews, grey heron, redshank and coot and young.

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 by Charlie Murphy
12 Jul 2017 Incredible nightjar display

Broadwater Warren was an exceptional venue for nightjars tonight. Many birds churring really close by but the highlight was the sight of several birds flying low over our heads, wing clapping and calling loudly. I am wondering if they were mostly juveniles playing and exploring as well as feeding as a visit the previous week gave us plenty of churring but only fleeting glimpses of the birds. A truly magical evening.

Posted on 13 Jul 2017 by Sue
12 Jul 2017 Arundel to Littlehampton

After yesterday's rains there appeared to be more Common Sandpipers by the river Arun to the south of Arundel on the morning dog walk, but with the birds constantly moving at low tide the number could only be put at nine plus. So a later walk on the rising tide as the birds were pushed up river - and its extension to Littlehampton - seemed worthwhile. This produced an impressive 38 Common Sandpipers (27 from Arundel to Ford rail bridge and 11 from Ford to Littlehampton). There were also 34 Little Egrets (12,22), 9 Grey Herons (4,5), 6 Oystercatchers (2,4), 4 Common Redshanks (all Arundel to Ford) and 8 Whimbrel (all Ford to Littlehampton), yet only a single Mallard on the river on the whole route!. No exceptional passerines while raptors included 3 Buzzards, 2 Peregrines, 2 Kestrels and 1 Sparrowhawk.

Posted on 12 Jul 2017 by Martin Daniel
12 Jul 2017 Old Lodge

A brief visit to the Old Lodge this morning and in the drizzle I only saw a few species - however, two of them were 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a male and juvenile Redstart.

Posted on 12 Jul 2017 by Phillip Wells
12 Jul 2017 Autumn vanguard   more...

Attending a meeting in Rye this afternoon gave me the opportunity to visit Castle Water beforehand. From the hide, there was one Green Sandpiper, one Common Sandpiper, two Ruff, four Little Ringed Plovers and 12 Black-tailed Godwits. Two Greenshanks also flew over. The biggest surprise however was a smart male Whinchat (photo attached) beside the track out to the hide. After the meeting, another walk out around the beach reserve was enjoyable for the chance to watch Common Tern young at close quarters. These varied in age from quite small through to being at the flying stage.

Posted on 12 Jul 2017 by Simon Linington
12 Jul 2017 Pulborough

About 175 Swifts went south in a few minutes mid afternoon either leaving or moving ahead of a front

Posted on 12 Jul 2017 by Russ
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