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11 Aug 2017 North Wall and Fields, Pagham Harbour   more...

This morning, in bright sunshine, Andrew and Bart pointed out the cattle egret with little egrets at their island roost (pic attached, cattle egret on right), while in the fields was one confiding wheatear and some 20 willow warblers, the latter mostly gorgeous yellow juveniles feeding among blackberries.

Posted on 11 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
11 Aug 2017 Wheatears

10 wheatears (including a group of 7) on South Downs Way south side, about 2 km east of Ditchling Beacon, plus a spotted flycatcher and whitethroat on first bridleway east of Westmeston, 200 metres north of road just after second gate.

Posted on 11 Aug 2017 by Phil Dunk
11 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

A beautiful autumnal morning began with singles of Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe and the lingering Tufted Duck at West Mead. The walk towards the North Brooks produced two Swifts and another Green Sandpiper flying over while, as I approached Little Hanger Hide, I glimpsed a female/immature Marsh Harrier which gave a very close flypast once I was in the hide itself. From the Hanger I found two Black-tailed Godwits and at least one more Green Sandpiper. In the vegetation were at least four Stonechats and two Whinchats, all rather flighty and the latter generally distant. At Nettleys I added Snipe to the wader day list. Good numbers of Teal and Shoveler now. At least half a dozen Willow Warblers were noted around the site including one singing along Adder Alley. Walking back to my car it was nice to see Raven and Hobby overhead. 60 species in total.

Posted on 11 Aug 2017 by Matt Phelps
10 Aug 2017 Church Norton surprise   more...

Prompted by the Selseybirderblog, we thought we'd take a look around Church Norton for migrants and were not disappointed. The trees at back of church were lively with lots of chiffchaffs, willow warblers and a couple of common redstarts, two blackcaps and a whitethroat in a mixed flock with blue tits and long-tailed tits and overhead many swallows, an occasional martin and a lone swift. Along the harbour curlew, whimbrel, various gulls, redshank, ringed plover, a lone dunlin and a little egret. We returned to the car park via the churchyard when we noticed a large bird, lazily heading straight at us over the church, much to our delight it was an osprey with a large fish supper. it headed roughly in the direction of the ferry pool. A very welcome surprise, pic attached. 

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Dave Smith
10 Aug 2017 Lewes Sparrowhawk   more...

To my amazement a Sparrowhawk seized a Blue Tit from our balcony feeder this afternoon, leaving a traumatised wife. My explanation that all birds need to eat did not go down well. We don't live on the edge of town so this was highly unusual. I have never seen a Sparrowhawk in the town in the 10 years I have lived in Lewes.

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Peter Calladine
10 Aug 2017 Arlington Res   more...

At Arlington Res this morning I had a Spotted Flycatcher (picture attached), Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow Warblers - all in one of group of bushes by the farm buildings - also 7 Common Sandpipers on the dam end.

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Phillip Wells
10 Aug 2017 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker   more...

My neighbour next door has this afternoon photographed a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on his peanut feeder.

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Audrey Wende
10 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks   more...

This morning, water levels were up and waders for me were just the single black-tailed godwit and green sandpiper, while teal were up to 50, with two shoveler and tufted duck still, as well as masses of Canada and greylag geese. Many a buzzard were out and about, say 10 in all, with odd ones looking quite dark (pic attached) and might be mistaken for marsh harriers, one of which I did also see. There were quite a lot of all three hirundines and, surprisingly at such a late date, some 10 swifts. An adult common gull was on the North Brooks, along with three lesser black-backed gulls.

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson
10 Aug 2017 Linnets, Turnstones and Wheatear   more...

Beneath the cliffs near Glyne Gap, there was one wheatear on the beach halophytes and three linnet on the cliff vegetation. There were also 10 or so turnstone on the rocks at low tide.

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Martyn Stenning
08 Aug 2017 Chapel Common highlights   more...

There was a lot of activity at Chapel Common yesterday. The Common was full of stonechats, about 6 pairs in total. There were also four pairs of green woodpecker, 1 great spotted woodpecker, and a couple of whitethroats, too. However, the main sighting was 4 Dartford warblers near some of the stonechats.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Julie Dickinson
09 Aug 2017 Ford to Arundel

A walk along the River Arun from a mile south of Ford to Arundel this morning produced more waders than recently, with 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 11 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 15 Little Egrets and 7 Grey Herons. There were also at least 14 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 420 Herring Gulls and 380 Black-headed Gulls, as well as at least 40 Swallows and a Swift, 2 Peregrines, 4 Buzzards and 5 Kestrels, but passerines were very thin on the ground.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Martin Daniel
09 Aug 2017 Lord's Piece

Walking around the area this morning and observed about 10 Spotted Flycatchers flitting around some oak trees that were close to the stand of pine trees before the rain came down.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Paul Bowley
09 Aug 2017 Up on the Downs   more...

A couple of hours this morning just N of Cissbury Ring - found no chats or warblers (save whitethroats), but a good many swallows and house martins, linnets and yellowhammers (pic attached of latter - two juvs and a dad), a kestrel, a sparrowhawk, two red kites and some buzzards.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
08 Aug 2017 Gannets galore   more...

Fifty-plus gannets, adult and immature, fishing off Bexhill beach at about 20:00 with many more - a similar mix of herring, lesser black-backed and black-headed gulls. Also a few turnstones and carrion crows foraging on exposed rocks at low tide. I suspect the young herring were following a large shoal of mackerel, and so attracting the marine feeding frenzy. Interestingly, some crows were copying the gull behaviour of dropping bivalve molluscs from a height on the flints to break them open.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Martyn Stenning
09 Aug 2017 Seaford Head - Hope Gap

A productive walk down Hope Gap this morning produced 3 Nightingales, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, and lots of the usual warblers you would expect.

Posted on 09 Aug 2017 by Jon Starie
08 Aug 2017 Pulborough Brooks

The forecast was not very promising, but it thankfully stayed dry all day. Lots of young birds around with spotty, yelpy Green and excitable Great Spotted Woodpeckers much in evidence. Five Buzzards circling also included young birds as all you could hear was their rather squeaky mewing; a Sparrowhawk also joined in the spiral for a while. Outside Winpenny at least 30+ Goldfinches were enjoying the thistles. The north brooks had a Greenshank and six plus Green Sandpipers. A family of three Kestrels were post hopping when a large female Peregrine panicked everything, however she could not have been hungry as she just kept going. Later at West Mead what appeared to be the same Peregrine was having a quiet bath when a Kestrel (one of a different four) chased it off! A bit foolhardy I thought.

Posted on 08 Aug 2017 by Gary Trew
08 Aug 2017 River Arun south of Arundel

A Green Sandpiper and at least 8 Common Sandpipers this morning, plus a single Oystercatcher. At least 20 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer, with 2 each of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in the bean fields. The gull loaf had 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, as well as 80 Black-headed Gulls and 190 Herring Gulls.

Posted on 08 Aug 2017 by Martin Daniel
08 Aug 2017 Latest SOSRC Decisions   more...

The latest Sussex record decisions (updated August 8th 2017) from the SOSRC and BBRC are available in the Records section of the site.

Posted on 08 Aug 2017 by Mark Mallalieu
07 Aug 2017 Great crested grebes   more...

Great crested grebes feeding young at Arlington Reservoir (see picture).

Posted on 07 Aug 2017 by Bob Izzard
07 Aug 2017 Selsey back garden   more...

Sitting on the bench of my Selsey back garden for 30 minutes this afternoon, I watched several birds feeding on the blackberries and elderberries: 12 house sparrows, juvenile goldfinches, female common whitethroat, and garden warbler.

Posted on 07 Aug 2017 by Bob stevens
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