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18 Jun 2017 Spotted flycatcher   more...

On the Wiggonholt Heath side of Pulborough Brooks two if not three spotted flycatchers were on show time to time (pic of one such attached). Many dragon- and damselflies were on the wing and a silver-washed fritillary too.

Posted on 18 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
17 Jun 2017 Grey Wagtail   more...

The Wagtails appear to be feeding their young at this unusual nest site next to the shop.( see picture) We have now seen FOUR fledged Kestrels from their church nest.

Posted on 18 Jun 2017 by Allan Roffey
17 Jun 2017 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

An early Osprey travelling south and out to sea at about 17.20 upset all the nesting gulls,terns and waders

Posted on 18 Jun 2017 by Barry Yates
18 Jun 2017 Griffon Vultures - but not yet!

It seems that it is only a matter of time before vultures appear in the skies of the British Isles. About four weeks ago 60 appeared in S.Holland and a few were seen as far north as Groningen in Friesland. Subsequently, on 11/6/17, may be 26, were seen at Gravelines which is half way between Calais and Dunkerque then nothing until yesterday when 2 were seen some 60kms south of Paris. In earlier years birds have occurred on the Dutch coast at Noordwijk and sightings are becoming more frequent. On a clear day from Caps Gris-Nez and Blanc-Nez, Cliff End at Pett is visible and for the likes of vultures they can, from a height, see even further. There is still time for it happen in 2017 but 2018 is more likely. Whether the first will just be a day trip or a longer stay is anybodys guess. While Kent must be the first choice Sussex cannot be ruled out. So, do keep your eyes caste upon the heavens and it may be you who adds it to the British List.

Posted on 18 Jun 2017 by Philip Redman
17 Jun 2017 Elegant and mischievous   more...

The Elegant Tern showed well, if distantly from about 8:15 up to 9:35 last night when it went back onto the island to roost. It divided its time between loafing on the mud, trying it on with the local Sandwiches and chasing other terns for their fish. More photos on

Posted on 18 Jun 2017 by Mike and Karen Galtry
17 Jun 2017 nightjar & Woodcock at Ashdown forest

at least 4 Nightjars churring 1 seen very well in flight, 1 Woodcock roding

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by Derek Benton
17 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern

The ELEGANT TERN still present at Church Norton until early evening at least.

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by SOS sightings team
17 Jun 2017 Guidebook to Pagham Harbour, Medmerry, & Selsey

I ordered the Pagham, Medmerry & Selsey guidebook after reading the message about it on 6th June and, having just received it, have to say that I'd recommend it highly. It's been produced to a very high standard, with maps and photographs in colour throughout, and includes a comprehensive, systematic, bird list along with detailed bird and wildlife checklists for the Selsey Peninsula. Excellent value at £10 + £2 p&p from the link included a message or two below.

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by Chris Smith
17 Jun 2017 Garden warbler   more...

I returned this morning to Wiggonholt Heath (Pulborough Brooks) for the garden warbler which was singing his socks off (pic attached of him in birch), an audible delight that's for sure! Also here a spotted flycatcher, six or more mistle thrushes and, down on the brooks, nine black-tailed godwits and a pair of high-flying hobby.

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
17 Jun 2017 New Guidebook to Pagham Hbr, Medmerry & Selsey   more...

Most of you will now know this new publication - which gives essential info for visiting the Selsey Peninsula - is available from the Visitor Centre. However it is now available online or by post direct from the Friends of Pagham Harbour.' Visit their direct site to order, on or by using the postal address given. Alternatively, this info can be found on the Selsey blog 'Birding the Selsey Peninsula'. Your support is appreciated and all profits go to fund RSPB projects, especially the new Sidlesham Hide. (OM)

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by owen mitchell
17 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern   more...

The Elegant Tern was seen at 6 o'clock this morning then disappeared until 9 o'clock when everyone present had great views of it preening on a mud flat with the Sandwich Terns. It seems to fly out to sea every now and then and then returns for awhile.

Posted on 17 Jun 2017 by Graham Whitehead
16 Jun 2017 Around Arundel

A late evening visit to a W Sussex wood and vicinity produced two Nightjars churring in an area I've not checked before, at least three at the site I usually visit and one at a site I checked last year without success. So at least six birds calling. Little else of note apart from a Nightingale in song, while one Tawny Owl and a grumpy badger were by the path on the walk back to town. Earlier in the day the morning dog walk by the river to the east and north of Arundel produced a Hobby, two Kestrels, the usual Cuckoo between the Black Rabbit and Warningcamp, and two Grey Wagtails flitting along the Millstream - gone before I could check whether they were two adults or an adult and a juvenile. Finally an afternoon spell of work was enlivened if not helped by a Sparrowhawk assiduously hunting through the neighbouring gardens.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Martin Daniel
16 Jun 2017 Elegant tern at Pagham Harbour

.....showing beautifully sat out on a sandbank at 8pm

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Chris Corrigan
15 Jun 2017 Red kite

Single red kite Handcross, just outside Crawley.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Sally
16 Jun 2017 Lock Estate, Partridge Green

Did my first RSPB Turtle Dove visit to the Lock Estate early morning today but drew a complete blank. Disappointing as this has been a regular site for them in recent years. May be they've all gone to Knepp! Best I could manage was a party of 9 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Paul James
16 Jun 2017 Red Kite

Single Red Kite circling above fields in West Ashling this afternoon. Field not far from A27 which, I understand, is a bit of a corridor for them.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Mike Hickman
16 Jun 2017 Knepp Estate   more...

Starting to despair of seeing a Turtle Dove this year, I decided to visit the Knepp Estate this morning and was soon rewarded by one in display flight that then perched giving good views (photo attached) and which later started to give its magical 'purring' song. I then heard at least one more elsewhere on the estate. This species featured on nearly every notebook page in the summer during my youth (late 1960s / early 1970s). It is sad that real effort is needed to find them these days though great that Knepp provides an important refuge. Also present was a male Cuckoo in song, three Lesser Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Simon Linington
16 Jun 2017 Pulborough Brooks (South)   more...

At Wiggonholt Heath a hobby hawking dragonflies, a spotted flycatcher living up to its name and a garden warbler singing, while on the brooks 10 grey herons, 11 redshank, a hobby taking insects, a kestrel in tail moult, two buzzards, a red kite and a cuckoo - an adult male singing a bit and seen to take a juicy-looking caterpillar (pic attached). The male stonechat was seen too.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
16 Jun 2017 Shelducks over Shoreham

At 6.15am this morning as I walked up my garden path to start my journey to work, I looked up to see 2 Shelduck flying east over my North Shoreham home. New garden tick.

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by David Phillips
15 Jun 2017 Oh we do like to be beside the seaside   more...

Drawn to Church Norton for the Elegant Tern we arrived about 11:00 and got straight on it via a brilliant running commentary from one of West Sussex's finest Bernie Forbes. After it flew off we had to wait until 17:15 for it to return and it was still flying around when we left at 19:30!! My wife and I stood there for eight and a half hours and the sun was nearly as warm as the welcome we got from Bernie and Dorian!

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 by Michael Hunt
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