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25 Feb 2016 ‘Birding on the Selsey Peninsular’   more...

Chichester RSPB local group. Thursday 25th February 2016 ‘Birding on the Selsey Peninsular’. A talk by Owen Mitchell (The Selsey Birder blog). Time: 7.30pm at the The Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant Chichester, PO19 1SY. Price: £2.50 members, £3.50 non-members. Call 01243 527757 for details.

Posted on 24 Feb 2016 by Di Grosvenor
12 Jul 2016 Youngsters in my garden   more...

I had hoped to prune a couple of shrubs but found a young blackbird was using one as a shelter while it waited for its mum to feed it and the other was shelter to a very vocal young robin also waiting to be fed. Both were being well looked after. Pruning delayed for a while!

Posted on 13 Jul 2016 by Stuart Ridley
23 Jun 2015 Youngsters are about   more...

During a brief visit to Old Lodge this afternoon, a pair of Redstarts was feeding at least two fledglings in the pine and birch trees. A couple of young Great Spotted Woodpeckers were also in the vicinity.

Posted on 23 Jun 2015 by Stuart Ridley
05 Jun 2014 Young wags   more...

Young Pied Wagtails just come off the nest here this morning, West St Leonards. Still downy with short tail and yellow gape and perching in trees to shelter from the strong breeze.

Posted on 05 Jun 2014 by Andrew Grace
17 Apr 2017 Young Song Thrush   more...

Young Song Thrush being fed by its parents this morning in the garden in Twineham.

Posted on 17 Apr 2017 by Tom Simon
14 May 2015 Young Robin   more...

My first baby bird of the year. A young robin under the bird feeders this morning.

Posted on 14 May 2015 by Rosemary Appleton
15 Jun 2014 Young GS Woodpeckers   more...

Two newly-fledged Great Spotted Woodpeckers with an adult in our Crawley garden this morning.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 by Tom Howard-Jones
14 Apr 2015 Young Great Crested Grebe

The pair of Great Crested Grebes nesting on the lake in Worth Park Gardens (Milton Mount, Crawley) now have at least one young swimming with them.

Posted on 14 Apr 2015 by Tom Howard-Jones
29 Jul 2016 Young female kestrel   more...

Young female kestrel sitting on fence post in garden and seriously hunting food on grass and lawns. Seen to eat beetles and other types of large insect. Flew off across North Brooks

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 by Christine Lindsay
10 May 2016 Young Cuckoo at Bramber

I was out jogging this evening and saw what I thought was a Sparrowhawk sitting on a fence post adjacent to the cycle path which runs alongside and under the A283 between Bramber Castle and High Trees roundabout at Upper Beeding. As I approached the bird repeatedly flew to fence posts further on and each time it landed, I especially noted it's long cocked tail. I completed a circuit of my route and when I returned the bird was there again. It was then I noted that it had a longer beak than one would expect with a hawk and it was eating either a worm or a large caterpillar. The upper body was predominantly grey brown whilst the underside was a lot lighter. In flight it's wings were quite angular and the long tail had a white and black band across it. On viewing the short video footage on the RSPB website it would appear that the bird was a young Cuckoo. Has anyone else seen a bird of this description in the same area.

Posted on 10 May 2016 by Alan Rogerson
11 Dec 2013 Young Black Redstart still at Shoreham Sailing club

I was very pleased to catch up with the juvenile Black Redstart at Shoreham Sailing Club again today, tho sadly our encounter was much to brief. Ive attached a picture on my flicker account I later went to Widewater and as soon as I arrived was greeted by a very splendid looking male Kestrel

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 by P Loader
14 Oct 2015 You wait years for a yellowhammer...   more...

…and then three come along in four days at Black Down! But just like the previous two birds on Sunday, it didn’t stay long, heading off north-east just minutes after I found it. The best day for winter thrushes so far, with ca. 145 redwings and ca. 40 fieldfares; also 2 ring ouzels, 5+ mistle thrushes, 2+ song thrushes and ca.10 blackbirds. I heard but couldn’t locate a brambling or two, and other finches included 4 goldfinches, 3+ lesser redpolls and 10+ bullfinches. At least 1 skylark heading south high overhead, and the pair of ravens off to the south west. Raptors not quite as exciting as yesterday, but included 1 red kite, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 buzzards and the regular male kestrel.

Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Dave Burges
09 Feb 2016 You wait ten years for a jack snipe...

…and then three come along in a month! I was delighted to find two more jack snipe on my favourite West Weald heath today, following my first there on 18th January (and a common snipe on 6th February). Equally pleased to see - and especially hear - my first singing woodlark of the “spring”. This bird was already paired, and there may have been a second male present as well. The other highlights were two flocks of common crossbills – one of 4 and one of 13 birds. The former certainly included an adult male and female, and whilst I couldn’t see the other two birds clearly, it may be that they were juveniles and that this was a family party. Soaring stuff comprised 7+ buzzards and one each of red kite, sparrowhawk, kestrel and raven.

Posted on 09 Feb 2016 by Dave Burges
26 Jan 2015 You should have been here yesterday!   more...

Why is it that when I sat waiting for birds to appear during my hour of the Big Garden Bird Watch only two fat pigeons appeared when today a Green Woodpecker spent over half an hour successfully probing ants nests on my lawn?

Posted on 26 Jan 2015 by Stuart Ridley
03 Jan 2014 You can always blame the weather

Day started off bright and sunny at Newhaven, where nine Purple Sandpipers and a Turnstone were taking shelter on the east pier, with four Eider in Newhaven Bay. By the time we'd reached Princes Park it was clouding over considerably, and little was seen here. As one storm really set in, Jake spotted a Little Gull heading W along Eastbourne seafront; it then cleared up and for a few hours we visited Sovereign Harbour and West Rise. just a Great Crested Grebe at Sovereign Harbour, at West Rise nowt really except a Stonechat, two Gadwall and ten Pochard, but the conditions really were horrendous. No sign of the Smew in half an hour. Back at Princes Park, we were sheltering for dear life under a tamarisk while the heavens opened when I scanned the flock of Black-headed Gulls on the lake, low and behold a Little Gull was in there! It gave fantastic views in the fading light, if it sticks around it'll be well worth a visit. It appeared to roost on the lake overnight with the Black-heads.

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 by Liam Curson & Jake Gearty
18 Jan 2015 Yew trees on Cissbury Ring   more...

In July 2014 Bernie Forbes alerted us to the fact that the Yew trees on Cissbury Ring were to be felled. He made contact with all the relevant parties concerned with the management of the Ring and it seemed that, with the support for fencing costs from SOS and SDOS, the two large Yew trees on the west-facing side of the Ring could be saved. By chance, last week, Val Bentley met and talked with Vic Oliver who has long wanted to remove these trees, and he indicated they are now going to be cut down.

I e-mailed Jane Cecil of the National Trust, who told me there has been an on-site meeting, with 'Vic, our archaeologist, Vic's line manager and a representative from English Heritage.' Natural England was unable to attend. 'so that everyone could see what the issues were with regard to the two Yew trees'. Hardly 'everyone' and particularly sad that they did not see it necessary to include anyone from SOS or SDOS for their opinion. They had accepted our offer of paying for the fencing of the two trees, but have not had the courtesy to keep us informed.

I am now told that only one tree will be cut down but that is the one which has the berries on which the Ring Ouzels and other birds feed, the other tree, nearer to the car park, does not produce any berries but can be fenced.

All this is to do with the grazing management and the fact that Yew trees are poisonous to cattle, but there is no mention of the vast quantities of poisonous Ragwort which covers the site. Jane Cecil says the main tree 'is compromising the flint mine'. What does that mean precisely? This tree has been there for many years, along with many other bushes, shrubs and assorted trees. I am perfectly aware of Cissbury Ring as a site of archaeological importance but as far as this tree is concerned attention should have been given to it many, many years ago, if it was in danger of 'compromising the flint mine'. Yew trees are usually male or female, dioecious, some bear both male and female flowers, monoecious. In this case only one tree bears the berries. The trees have a remarkable ability to regenerate, new shoots can sprout from a stump or even root from within a hollow tree. So if this tree is cut down it will go on growing. We do feel that the proposed option for fencing should be further investigated, we are only talking about two trees. Birdwatchers will know that people travel from far and wide to come to this area in the autumn to record the Ring Ouzels.

In July Bernie asked for your support, if you feel there is anything we can do please contact me with any information.

Posted on 18 Jan 2015 by Brianne Reeve
20 Jul 2014 Yew trees Cissbury Ring   more...

Thanks to all of you that have contacted me regarding the Yew trees at Cissbury, your help has been invaluable with many contacts and information given. I have been busy and sent off several emails to various organisations involved with the ownership, management and overseeing of Cissbury Ring. I will keep you informed of any progress that we can make. Many thanks. 

Posted on 20 Jul 2014 by Bernie Forbes
20 Jul 2014 Yew trees Cissbury   more...

I just been informed that the National Trust warden at Cissbury Ring intends to fell the yew trees. As many of you know, the trees are regularly used by migrating thrushes, especially Ring Ouzels, on their return passage in the autumn. The trees are essential as a roosting site and I guess the thrushes use the dense cover as sanctuary. Cissbury Ring is owned by Worthing Council and is managed by the National Trust. If anyone has contact details for NT Sussex area to whom we might be able to talk to regarding this urgent matter, please contact me asap by email or phone 01903 753876 or mobile 07852 820886. Many thanks in anticipation.

Posted on 20 Jul 2014 by Bernie Forbes
19 Jan 2015 Yew trees at Cissbury

Could I just mention that Brianne Reeve of SDOS and SOS is still in correspondence with the National Trust regarding the yew trees, and is also exploring other information regarding old yew trees in Sussex. She will be keeping us up to date with latest developments. The background, for those who did not see the previous information on this subject is that as a result of contact by Bernie Forbes with NT, SDOS had offered to fund part of the cost of fencing the trees, one of which is used extensively by Ring Ouzels on migration, and SOS was prepared to pay the balance. We vehemently hope that all efforts to preserve this tree will prove successful, and thank everyone for their support.

Posted on 19 Jan 2015 by Val Bentley
19 Jan 2015 Yew trees at Cissbury

Further to the postings on the yew trees at Cissbury, has anyone considered applying for a tree preservation order? One of the criteria for making an order is the tree's value to wildlife. (L.Dray is looking into this - ed.)

Posted on 19 Jan 2015 by Neal Ward
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