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28 Jun 2017 Rooks/crows   more...

Referring to an entry below of some 200 crows at Coombe Valley, well surely these would be rooks rather than carrion crows, big crowds of rooks being about at the moment, juveniles of which do look very much like crows (pic attached of such a crowd on the Downs above Steyning two days ago).

Posted on 28 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
28 Jun 2017 CROWS   more...

I can assure Alan K (see below) that these birds are definitely Carrion Crows seen at close quarters and a permanent feature of the northern end of the CVCP. To add completion there is also a small rookery-this year 12 nests but more to the west with these birds usually feeding on the sheep fields around Actons farm

Posted on 28 Jun 2017 by David Rogers
27 Jun 2017 Combe Valley CP   more...

A walk into the north of the valley from Crowhurst this morning. Only a few birds singing this morning but did include a very odd sounding Chiffchaff behind the Plough pub. Around Hye House Farm a swarm of 50+ Swallows and a similar number of Linnets flushed by a passing Sparrowhawk. A cruising Buzzard flushed a swarm of corvids-perhaps 200 Carrion Crows and 30+ Jackdaws. (Birdtrack does not like this number of Crows but it must be a conservative estimate). The return journey past the large attenuation lake saw 6 adult Mute Swans, approx 40 Coot with many different sized young and several dozen marsh frogs in the northern shallows.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by David Rogers
27 Jun 2017 Medmerry outing   more...

Can someone who will be going on the walk at Medmerry on Saturday please put up an outing report on this website? We all want to know what birds you see and how many members attended. Many thanks.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by Audrey Wende
27 Jun 2017 Pulborough Brooks

Fairly warm and luckily managed to avoid the rain until mid-afternoon. Lots of young birds around with plenty of peeps and cheeps coming from the hedges. Common Whitethroats much in evidence, some still carrying beakfulls of caterpillars into the vegetation, and Lesser Whitethroats calling on and off. West Mead still had the family groups of 5 Egyptian Geese goslings and the Lapwings three and four, so it looks as though one may have disappeared. Lots of butterflies including many marbled whites on the way to the hanger, where a fair selection of waders were present – 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Little Ringed Plover (1 juv), 2 Redshank and 2 Green Sandpipers. There was also 2 juv. Green Woodpeckers bouncing around and a Blackcap that proved particularly difficult to pin down. The very pale Buzzard sat on a post for most of the day and 2 Kestrels were the only raptors.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by Gary Trew
27 Jun 2017 Hollingbury Oystercatcher   more...

Spent nearly 4 hours this morning scanning the mixed gull loaf/colony at Hollingbury Industrial Estate. For just 12 minutes an adult Oystercatcher enlivened proceedings arriving loudly from SE (just after low tide). It scurried around on the roof of Bestway before leaving silently. Herring Gull chicks were spread widely over whole site; at least 29 but some very mobile, wandering wherever they can walk (or fall). 91+ post-juvenile Herring Gulls of which 62+ adults, two of which were still sitting on nest). An adult Herring Gull's pellet included 3 cherry stones. The cultivated cherry on Crowhurst Road was being stripped intermittently by Wood Pigeons, Starlings, Blackbirds, and three nervy juvenile Mistle Thrushes.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by David Harper
27 Jun 2017 Juvenile Bullfinch   more...

Five days ago a juvenile Bullfinch was perched on a Berberis in our garden. We see the adults 3-4 times a year but this is the first record for a juvenile. It was back again this morning, which prompted me to send in the record. Coming back from Chantry Hill yesterday afternoon I had three Bullfinches fly across the path. I presume it was a family party? Whilst I was on Chantry Hill doing a butterfly survey I disturbed a Common Buzzard. I was fairly sure it 'was on a kill' and indeed it was. A warm, young rabbit which was assuredly dead but with no marks on it.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by martin kalaher
26 Jun 2017 Skylarks & Swifts   more...

The lovely sound of summer two or three Skylarks singing over the fields either side of the public byway to Climping Beach. Also two Swifts. One Swift flew at one of the Skylarks.

Posted on 26 Jun 2017 by M Hortin
26 Jun 2017 Hobby Aeronautics   more...

About 6pm on road to Truleigh Hill, dramatic low flyover of Hobby which swooped and spiralled after hedgerow prey above quarry. 4+ Corn Buntings.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by Graeme Charles
26 Jun 2017 Weir Wood   more...

The Green Sandpiper was joined by a Common Sandpiper on the mud today.

Posted on 26 Jun 2017 by Alastair Gray
26 Jun 2017 Downs at Steyning   more...

We walked the Steyning bostal to No Man's Land (TQ 150098) and back along the South Downs Way. We heard a corn bunting or two singing their jangling song (pic attached), a few yellowhammers, linnets and skylarks, some families of whitethroats, a few buzzards and two kestrels and heard a nuthatch (in the wood N of Cissbury). Flowers were in bloom including rest harrow and a blaze of rosebay (fireweed). Butterflies were along the wayside - meadow browns, ringlets, small tortoishells and marbled whites in numbers.

Posted on 26 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps
25 Jun 2017 "Unusual " Black-headed Gull   more...

I noticed this BHG on the shingle at Bognor Regis had rather dark bill and legs. It was quite alone,there seemed to be no others around but plenty of Herring Gulls. I have an HD version of the picture

Posted on 26 Jun 2017 by Peter Edmonds
25 Jun 2017 Weir Wood   more...

This morning at the west end, 10 Common Terns with at least 7 chicks. On the mud a Green Sandpiper was showing along with 4 Lapwings, 34 Mandarins was my highest count this year while other ducks included a pair of Gadwall and a single Tufted Duck. Great Crested Grebe numbers are building with at least 72 seen, and similar numbers of Greylag Geese. Both Grey and Pied Wagtails seen with young, still 4 nesting pairs of cormorants with young showing in two nests. Kingfishers showing well, only raptors seen this morning were the usual Buzzards and a Kestrel.

Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by Alastair Gray
25 Jun 2017 Arun south of Arundel

Two Common Sandpipers this morning as well as 4 Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwings, 4 Little Egrets and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers very vociferous in spite of the breezy conditions but other warblers almost completely absent, or silent.

Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by Martin Daniel
25 Jun 2017 Church Norton, Pagham Harbour   more...

10.45 to 12.45 Tern Island was busy that's for sure; lots of chick black-headed gulls, some fledged and making maiden voyages in the air and on the water; some chick little terns could be made out, sometimes running at speed; one well marked first-summer common tern was to be seen (pic attached of it and a cormorant) and what was assumed to be a second-summer common tern also, this one pretty adult-like but with a dark shoulder bar and mainly dark bill - both these stages of common tern are said to be "rare in Europe" (Collins Guide). A few waders were seen on the rising tide - two knot, nine redshank, eight dunlin as well as four each of curlew, ringed plover and turnstone plus oystercatchers. A skylark sang most of the time....(Alan, Dave, Dorian, Steve).

Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
24 Jun 2017 Bullfinches   more...

I too saw a juvenile Bullfinch in my garden last Saturday. This bird was hunting for the last seeds of forget-me-nots. This is the first time I have seen a juv. in the garden. The adult birds have been around almost every day hunting around the forget-me-nots but now they are feeding on the fruit of the Amelanchier trees. After they have run out of these berries they will disappear until next spring.

Posted on 27 Jun 2017 by Audrey Wende
24 Jun 2017 Starlings Murmurating   more...

About 100 Starlings gathering over Wisborough Green at about 20:00 hours. 

Posted on 25 Jun 2017 by Peter Edmonds
24 Jun 2017 GBbG   more...

This morning at Waltham Brooks, on its post was an adult great black-backed gull (pic attached).

Posted on 24 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
24 Jun 2017 Mistle thrush   more...

This morning at Wiggonholt Heath, Pulborough Brooks a family of mistle thrushes, the juveniles of which were markedly spotted with white and had pronounced wing bars (pic of one attached). As ever with this species I was put in mind of White's thrush (see an excellent pic of one on Richard Fairbank's blog Birding Never Sleeps taken in Mongolia) which is not Turdus at all but Zoothera! By the way, a big thank you to Linda and Barry for freeing the woodland path here of leg-ripping brambles and for trimming the viewpoint hedge.

Posted on 24 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
24 Jun 2017 Wigeon   more...

On the lake at Waltham Brooks this morning were some 80 mallard, four gadwall, one shelduck and the wigeon that was here late in the spring (pic attached taken today, picked out by its dark eye patch).

Posted on 24 Jun 2017 by Alan Kitson
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