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13 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern

The ringed adult male ELEGANT TERN still at Church Norton up to at least 13.30, though spending long periods hidden in vegetation on Tern Island. Note that the RSPB are planning to carry out essential urgent work on the island tomorrow between about 1-2pm.

(still present until late evening - Ed)

Posted on 13 Jun 2017 by Chris Barfield
13 Jun 2017 Red kite

Red kite spotted flying over Goring by Sea today being mobbed by gulls, but bravest were the crows - saw him off their territory within minutes - even grabbing him by the tail feathers.

Posted on 13 Jun 2017 by Annie Creal
13 Jun 2017 House martins   more...

Feeding above River Ouse, then landing on riverbank on opposite side of river to Tesco, slightly north-west. Small flock of maybe a dozen.

Posted on 13 Jun 2017 by Alyson Smith
12 Jun 2017 Kingley Vale

Lots about at Kingley Vale today. Raptors over included Red Kite, 2 Sparrowhawks, Peregrine and Hobby. Corn Bunting near car park and good numbers of Yellowhammers. Lesser Whitethroat singing from top of Vale, Firecrest near the ancient yew grove and, best of all, a Turtle Dove singing on the east side.

Posted on 12 Jun 2017 by Dominic Couzens
12 Jun 2017 Hobbies

At least four Hobbies hunting in late afternoon sunshine near the BHLR north of Bexhill, also got some cracking pictures of Buzzards overhead with blue sky background. Thanks for the tip off Mike. I couldn't find a picture under 100kb to post.

Posted on 12 Jun 2017 by Stuart Hill
12 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern

Much better views of the ELEGANT TERN at Church Norton this morning. More info on the Birding the Selsey Peninsular blog.

Posted on 12 Jun 2017 by Paul & Gareth James
12 Jun 2017 Indomitable Ringed Plovers   more...

Despite the excitement at Church Norton, the highlight for me this week is the discovery that a pair of Ringed Plovers has managed to produce two young on the beach fronting Shoreham Port. I watched them mate a few weeks ago and their sitting on a nest scrape on the barest and most vulnerable of ground closely intruded on by walkers and dogs, cyclists and not least numerous lurking gulls. When they disappeared a few days ago I thought that was it. But tonight I discovered two chicks foraging on the shingle beach attended by one adult bird. Quite brilliant.

Posted on 12 Jun 2017 by Graeme Charles
12 Jun 2017 Wiggonholt Common   more...

A walk this morning around this part of the Pulborough Brooks reserve found a pair of mistle thrush, a cuckoo or two (pic attached), several green woodpeckers, singing whitethroat, blackcap, garden warbler, chiffchaff and willow warbler, a spotted flycatcher and a good many swifts aloft.

Posted on 12 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
11 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern

The colour-ringed adult male ELEGANT TERN still at Church Norton today intermittently on Tern Island where it was often hidden from view and difficult to see. Still present until at least 17:30.

Posted on 11 Jun 2017 by Paul James
10 Jun 2017 Balcombe circular via Ardingly Reservoir and Staplefield   more...

At and around the reservoir; a pair of Egyptian Geese, female Grey Wagtail, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Greylag goslings in single file behind an adult with 3 more adults at the rear, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, a Red Kite, pair of Common Terns, familes of Blue, Great, and Coal Tits, Mallard with 2 large ducklings, and a pair of Coots with 2 young. On the way to Staplefield Yellowhammers heard on 5 separate occasions, a pair of Kestrels, a pair of Lapwings holding territory with both birds mobbing the female Kestrel and putting up 2 Skylarks. Also seen a Sparrowhawk and directly over the cricket pitch at Staplefield during the game a Red Kite circled.

Posted on 11 Jun 2017 by Adrian West
10 Jun 2017 Hobbies   more...

Six Hobbies hunting insects just off the greenway in Coombe Haven over the line of shallow ponds. Very active around dusk. Barn owl hunting behind them. Easy views of Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Stonechats. Incredible considering BHLR only feet away.

Posted on 11 Jun 2017 by Mike
10 Jun 2017 Nightjars   more...

Excellent evening on a West Sussex common. No wind. First - lots of parental feeding of warblers, Stonechats, thrushes and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Churring started at 21:04. First bird - male - seen flying over treetops. Then by 21:30 surrounded by churring , A male and female bird were in oak tree 36 yards away, full repertoire of call and wing clapping flying within 30 yards, then female circled round and came back overhead and low over the path - and still only 21:36 with light in the sky. Path either side of return walk to car by a full and orange moon - many birds churring including one that must had been next to us.

Posted on 11 Jun 2017 by kerry jackson
10 Jun 2017 Elegant Tern

The adult ELEGANT TERN found this morning at Church Norton has been present all day, last reported at 19.00.

Posted on 10 Jun 2017 by SOS sightings team
10 Jun 2017 Spotted Flycatcher   more...

During a visit to Pashley Manor Gardens today good to see a Spotted Flycatcher perched near one of the ponds.

Posted on 10 Jun 2017 by John Birkett
10 Jun 2017 Elegance at Church Norton   more...

Yesterday an elegant tern from Hayling Island had been reported heading E into Sussex and this morning many observers were out in search of it. We reckoned Church Norton a good bet in view of all the terns here at the moment. We arrived at 09.30 and for two hours enjoyed all the common, Sandwich and little terns, a first-summer little gull and two first-summer common terns, when, suddenly, a large, shaggy-crested, orange-beaked tern was in the scope! It was stood, preening a lot, on a mud spit a couple of 100 yards out (pic attached). Pictures were taken, tweet was made and then horror of horrors it was gone. We left to download and learned that it reappeared later. We have called it elegant tern but quite frankly are not too sure that it isn't lesser crested tern. It is ringed on left tarsus and is in adult summer-plumage.

Posted on 10 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
10 Jun 2017 Indications of a successful breeding season?

A total of 22 Long-tailed Tits flew through my garden in Barcombe this morning mixed in with a large flock of Blue Tits and Great Tits.

Posted on 10 Jun 2017 by Simon Linington
08 Jun 2017 Splash Point   more...

Having just missed the Storm Petrel and the 8 Manx due to an exhausted over-sleep, I made do with the other two Manx Shearwaters as a consolation prize. Five minutes after Matt left, however, two Great White Egrets flew past where I was sitting only a short distance off-shore. Watched for several minutes before they separated with one returning east past me for a second time even closer in.

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 by Bob Self
08 Jun 2017 Birding around Sussex   more...

It was cold for June so I was relieved when Owen Mitchell called telling me about a decent passage of shearwaters and petrels off the Bill. Arrived at the Bill around 11:30 where I managed to see several Manx and a single Balearic Shearwater going west at 11:52. Just about to pack up at 13:00 when I had a Storm Petrel going east and Owen had one going west. See Selsey Blog for full details. Bernie Forbes

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 by Bernie Forbes
08 Jun 2017 RSPB Broadwater Warren   more...

A honey-buzzard was reported (28/5), with record shots being taken to confirm id. The bird was seen taking off from the ground before flying north. Bringing the total number of bird species recorded in the 10 years the RSPB has managed Broadwater Warren to 94! Slowly creeping up to that magical 100... Other sightings in the last week include spotted flycatcher near the veteran oak as well as woodlark, yellowhammers and tree pipits continuing to sing out on the heath. In the evening nightjar can be heard churring and several woodcocks have been seen roding from the nightjar viewpoint. 

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 by Matt Twydell (RSPB warden)
08 Jun 2017 Stormy at Splash   more...

A European Storm-Petrel flew east past Splash Point, Seaford at 08.12 relatively close inshore this morning. Also 10 Manx Shearwaters seen including a flock of 8.

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 by Matt Eade
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