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16 Aug 2017 Duelling Raptors

Walking over the South Downs between Woodingdean and Saltdean I was pleased to see 4 wheatears and 1 Whinchat along with hundreds of linnets and 2 or 3 Ravens. The highlight though was 2 juvenile peregines indulging in an aerial joust with 2 common buzzards. The peregrines would take it in turns diving at a buzzard which would accelerate downwards before lazily flipping over and striking out with its talons. I have to say none of the action seemed to be in earnest and both sets of birds just seemed to be enjoying themselves. Wonderful to watch.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017 by Keith Callister
17 Aug 2017 Peregrine   more...

A peregrine falcon on the front at Hove at 8.20 am today. It flew over Hove Lawns then seemed to stoop at something among the blocks of flats at the end of The Drive. Then I lost sight of it.

Posted on 17 Aug 2017 by Tim Jones
16 Aug 2017 Crab eating Whimbrel   more...

The afterrnoon brought more oystercatchers than I have seen at Pagham Harbour before as we ambled south along the boundary leading to broad rife, first a glimpse of a single peregrine, and then we counted more than 20 species in pairs or singly. There were at least 200 starlings at close quarters in dead trees, and at least thirty sunning cormorants in the distance. Good number of black backed gulls, and returning to the sluice we were amused and entertained by a Whimbrel with a large crab. At first the whimbrel seemed unsure what to do as it walked along the bank with its six inch prey waving its pincers. The crab limbs were then amputated over the next couple of minutes, in between dipping the creature in the water, until only the dismembered torso was left. One minute later the feast was over as the Whimbrel's long bill penetrated the soft insides. Around thirty noisy Godwits were busily feeding in North Pool. Returning to the North Wall and making the dog leg to the smaller sluice due west, looking along the rife we espied seven greenshanks feeding with redshanks. Returning to North pool a common sandpiper could be seen next to a godwit, and then a fine view of a kingfisher on a post before flying off to disappear among the reeds. An enjoyable sunny and warm afternoon with a slight wind which moderated into a warm breeze. An early afternoon which turned into three hours, departing early evening.

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by David Meagher
16 Aug 2017 Sesley Peninsula   more...

A Wood Sandpiper was on the Breech Pool at Pagham North Wall early this morning. A White-winged Black Tern (the Hayling Island bird) was first seen off East Head and then later in the day on the Stilt Pool at Medmerry. Further details and pictures at selseybirder.blogspot.co.uk

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by bart ives
16 Aug 2017 swifts

I have 4 swift boxes in central Chichester From 2 boxes 4 young flew in the middle of July but in one box the parents are still feeding young so I hope they make it.

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Norma Huston
16 Aug 2017 Ardingly Reservoir

A walk along the Balcombe arm was producing very little, until a late family of Spotted Flycatchers showed very well, feeding on both sides of the path (in spite of the walkers and runners). On several occasions we observed at least three recently fledged young actively feeding sometimes with the assistance of their Parents.

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Terry and Alan Priest
16 Aug 2017 Pagham Harbour (North Wall & East side)   more...

10.00 to 13.30: Up to 80 black-tailed godwits on the Breach Pool now including a few juveniles (pic of one attached). Here too, albeit fleetingly, four spotted redshank, while in the harbour here were about 100 redshank, three greenshank and a common sandpiper. The spoonbill was asleep distantly, two yellow-legged gulls were in their usual spot and a peregrine was around. Back on the Wall was a wheatear and, behind the Pool, a whinchat. At the Pool, one kingfisher perched as a gem.

Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
15 Aug 2017 Arun south of Arundel

An adult Yellow-legged Gull in the loaf by the River Arun to the south of Arundel this morning was my first for the route. Also there two Mediterranean Gulls. Fewer warblers on the route this morning but they included a probable Grasshopper Warbler and the first Cetti's Warbler I've heard there since early June. Also 7 Reed Warblers and 3 Whitethroats but hardly any phylloscs, which dominated warbler numbers two days back. Singles of Wheatear, Teal, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier and Greenshank, as well as 7 Common Sandpipers and 12 Reed Buntings also noted.

Posted on 15 Aug 2017 by Martin Daniel
15 Aug 2017 Thorney Island

A fabulous day for a walk around the perimeter footpath at Thorney and we were rewarded with a Lesser Whitethroat in a bush with a female Blackcap. As we walked south after going through the gate there were 2 Wheatears together with 2 Whinchats. There were a good number of Common Whitethroats around the whole walk. In the harbour we saw 5 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, a few Grey Plovers and Whimbrels plus a lot of Black-tailed Godwits. However, probably the highlight for us was a Jersey Tiger moth, which we had never seen before.

Posted on 15 Aug 2017 by Dave & Jean Killick
15 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Today at Pulborough Brooks from West Mead the female Tufted Duck was busy exploring the bottom of the pool, for it spent most of its time underwater (yesterday on WeBS a Little Grebe was doing the same in the same place). At Winpenny an immature Marsh Harrier gave a very close fly-past, and later at the Hanger the harrier re-appeared with at least five Buzzards. Four Snipe, one Little Ringed Plover and six plus Green Sandpipers made up the wader contingent and what looked like a family party of Stonechats was joined by a lovely peachy Whinchat. At Hales View in the afternoon, four Black-tailed Godwits, five Green Sandpipers and one Common Sandpiper. But best sighting for me was a Brown Hairstreak butterfly perched in touching distance.

Posted on 15 Aug 2017 by Gary Trew
14 Aug 2017 Peregrine A27

Seen 70ft above the A27 just before the Eartham turning chasing a large flock of pigeons. 

Posted on 15 Aug 2017 by Clive Beaven
14 Aug 2017 Pagham egret flock

Considerable excitement this evening as, at about sunset, a common buzzard flushed out all the little egrets that had been ensconced in their thorn-scrub roost, along the north wall. The birds formed a large wheeling flock, before settling on the mud. An ideal opportunity to do an accurate count! Danger over, they trickled back in to the woods - a total of 86. Certainly not a record for here, but still pretty healthy numbers. 

Posted on 14 Aug 2017 by Dave Illman
14 Aug 2017 Weir Wood

This afternoon 3 Common Scoter were on the Reservoir viewed from the dam end. Yesterday a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher was in the meadows.

Posted on 14 Aug 2017 by Alastair Gray
14 Aug 2017 Cattle Egret at Litlington   more...

Cattle egret today at TQ 51567 01103 viewed from the White Horse viewpoint at High and Over. Whitbread Hollow was very frustrating as there were a number birds there being very elusive, very quiet and very skulking. Those that did show where identified as chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat. (David (Quizmaster) Potter and Nigel Barnes).

Posted on 14 Aug 2017 by David (Quizmaster) Potter
14 Aug 2017 Warblers   more...

In Steyning this morning a blackcap in song and later, at Pulborough Brooks, a chiffchaff in song there, where also visible were a few blackcaps and a lesser whitethroat smartening itself up in the morning sunshine (pic attached).

Posted on 14 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
14 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks   more...

This morning, on the north brooks were 12 or more shoveler of which up to eight at a time were doing their synchronised, heads-in-water feeding (pic attached), a lingering juvenile shelduck, four green sandpipers, a dunlin, four black-tailed godwits and five snipe, the latter on view a good while, preening energetically, their stripes catching the sun. On the south brooks, at long range, were nine more green sandpipers, a common sandpiper and a greenshank.

Posted on 14 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
13 Aug 2017 Polegate to Seaford   more...

Today's highlights included 2 Spotted Flycatchers near the Long Man of Wilmington, a female Cuckoo in the same vicinity, 2 more Spotted Flycatchers at Lullington Heath, 9 Common Sandpipers roosting at the Oxbow lake on the Cuckmere, 33 Dunlin spaced out along the East bank of the Cuckmere south of the pub, 3 Ringed Plovers, 31 Curlews, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at Hope Gap, 2 female Wheatears on the fence line near the golf course, and a further 3 female Wheatears directly above Splash Point.

Posted on 13 Aug 2017 by Adrian West
13 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Rather quieter than Friday this morning. On the North Brooks there were again 2 Black-tailed Godwits plus 4 Green Sandpipers, 21 Lapwing, c30 Teal and singles of Shoveler, Gadwall and Wigeon. Couldn't find any Whinchats today but there were at least 3 Stonechats about. In the bushes there were again several Willow Warblers including one singing at the Hanger, where there was also a showy Lesser Whitethroat, while at the picnic area a Garden Warbler was feeding on blackberries.

Posted on 13 Aug 2017 by Matt Phelps
13 Aug 2017 Splash Point   more...

A family walk along a busy Seaford seafront late afternoon was enlivened by a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (see photo) that briefly patrolled the west end of the Kittiwake colony where there were still quite a few juvenile and adult Kittiwakes present and a Fulmar or two.

Posted on 13 Aug 2017 by Simon Linington
13 Aug 2017 Seaford Head   more...

Over the last week, we have enjoyed a good passage of returning summer migrants on Seaford Head. Among the most notable records have been at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 3 Nightingales as well as a good selection of warblers. Today was in the same vein. The highlights were 5 Nightingales, 2 Hobbies hunting together, 3 Whinchats, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Wheatears and 2 Tree Pipits over. In addition, there was one Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warblers, 19 Willow Warblers, 59 Common Whitethroats, 7 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, a remarkable flock of perhaps 150 Sand Martins and small numbers of Swallows and House Martins.

Posted on 13 Aug 2017 by Bob Self
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