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12 Nov 2019Adur Estuary

I also started my walk on the path behind the house boats I can confirm that Alan Kitson did see a Whimbrel and although I am not going to repeat all the birds he reported but I will add at least two Snipe hiding in the grass. Also here a Grey Heron caught something what looks like a giant rat.

posted by Istvan Radi on 12 Nov 2019 14:42

12 Nov 2019Ruddy Shelduck hybrid?

Amongst the “usual suspects” seen from Little Hanger Hide at Pulborough was an unusual bird. Bore some similarity to a Ruddy Shelduck (size and superficial colouration) but significantly darker - more the hue of an Australian but lacking white neck ring. I suspect a hybrid/escapee but would welcome any expert comment. Sorry no photo I’m afraid, but was observed by many others today I presume.

posted by Duncan Livingstone on 12 Nov 2019 13:44

12 Nov 2019Shoreham Estuary

11.00 High Tide, big. From among the house boats, just visible roosting waders were say 100 Lapwing, 50 Redshank, a Greenshank and two Grey Plover and two others that I thought then, to be both Curlew, but looking at my pictures I now think to have been one Curlew (left) and a Whimbrel (right). Also say 20 Teal and some Linnet (in my youth here was good place for Twite!).

posted by Alan Kitson on 12 Nov 2019 12:40

12 Nov 2019Shoreham Fort

10.00 - 10.30 Blinding sun and a big sea. On the wood jetty was the lonesome Purple Sandpiper, while drinking at a puddle briefly and closely was a Rock Pipit and in some garden bushes a Chiffchaff.

posted by Alan Kitson on 12 Nov 2019 12:25

12 Nov 2019Latest SOSRC and BBRC Decisions

The latest Sussex record decisions from the SOSRC and BBRC (updated 12 November 2019) are available in the Records section of the site.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 12 Nov 2019 08:22

12 Nov 2019Great Bustard

The Great Bustard still on the Downs between Denton and Bishopstone at dawn this morning in the same field as previously reported (Gareth James).

posted by Paul James on 12 Nov 2019 07:24

09 Nov 2019Firecrest

A nice sighting of a Firecrest in our Bodle Street garden at the weekend.

posted by Ian Gibb on 11 Nov 2019 21:12

11 Nov 2019Birding the local area

An afternoon visit to Brooklands with 4 species of tit including a Coal Tit in the northern section of the park. In the sallow island copse were 5 Chiffchaff and 3 Firecrest. No sign of yesterday's Goosander. Shoreham Fort: zero offshore and only a single Turnstone. 14 Greenfinch on the fence by the lookout tower. Photo of some of the Greenfinches.

posted by Bernie Forbes on 11 Nov 2019 16:47

11 Nov 2019Denton Great Bustard

I’d just like to make a point about the Great Bustard currently near Denton. I have had a few complaints on Facebook of birders trespassing into the field to view it, so if you are up there and see anyone doing so, could you kindly ask them to move back onto a footpath?
The Bustard was first reported on a Seaford residents Facebook group, where a non-birder found the bird and described it excellently, as well as kindly giving me details as to the field it was in, which made it much easier to give people an idea of exactly where to look. Without the sharp eyes and kind dissemination of information by local residents, I highly doubt the bird would have been found and seen again by birders at all, as the downs around Bishopstone are very underwatched! So can we make sure their wishes are respected, and no trespassing takes place? Thank you.

posted by Liam Curson on 11 Nov 2019 15:10

11 Nov 2019Adur Estuary

A visit during the rising tide this morning produced a Rock Pipit, a Snipe, two Grey Plovers, 20 Teal, a Cetti's Warbler, a Little Grebe, 60 Linnets, six Skylarks, two Stonechats, two Grey Wagtails, a Reed Bunting, 15 Redshanks, 85 Lapwings, a Little Egret, five Grey Herons, two Mute Swans, five Common Gulls, three Song Thrushes, three Meadow Pipits and a Buzzard.

posted by David Campbell ( on 11 Nov 2019 14:07

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