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15 Oct 2018Evening out on the Cuckmere

Birding on North Cuckmere. Three Kingfisher, two Cetti's Warbler calling. Increases of wildfowl, 30 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 200 Canada Geese. Notable was a fall in warblers at 16:00 in the reed bed old ringing area: 30 Chiffchaff, one male Blackcap, four Sedge Warbler, one Reed Warbler, four Reed Bunting and surprisingly, one very close view of Yellow-browed Warbler! Other flyovers included five Redwings, 40 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Linnet. Moving down towards the east towards the coast, 12 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher, 3 Skylarks, and one Yellow Wagtail.

posted by Peter Nason on 15 Oct 2018 21:51

15 Oct 2018Yellow-browed Warbler at Selsey

....in gardens just behind the Bill this morning; elusive but re-appeared about 16:30. Full details on Selsey blog (photo Sandra Hill with thanks).

posted by Owen Mitchell on 15 Oct 2018 21:26

15 Oct 2018White Stork

Think I saw the same bird as in the post below, again from the Gatwick Express, at about 2:45pm.

posted by Simon Primrose on 15 Oct 2018 17:27

15 Oct 2018Second yellow-browed warbler on Beachy Head

Late news from yesterday, a Yellow-browed Warbler on Beachy Head in the morning, but again didn't stay long.

posted by Roger Charlwood on 15 Oct 2018 17:18

15 Oct 2018Express birding

White Stork seen from the Gatwick Express as it passed the Merstham ponds (Surrey) on my way back to Brighton this afternoon (about 16:30) - possibly one of the Knepp birds.

posted by Jeff Nolan on 15 Oct 2018 16:49

15 Oct 2018Crossbills

Flock of about 14 Crossbills seen on Ambersham Common this afternoon, about half bright red males and juvenile birds. Climb the hill from the car park and look across the valley to the conifers, which are heavy laden with fir cones. Birds in one group at the top of the trees. 'Scope not essential but very helpful for excellent views.

posted by Peter Davis on 15 Oct 2018 16:22

16 Oct 2018Ring Ouzels

Did a circular walk from Chantry Post to The Burgh, and saw at least 2, but I think three Ring Ouzels in the vicinity of the dew-pond near to The Burgh. Otherwise... quite high numbers of Grey Partridge - don't know whether they might be newly released - ca.10 Yellowhammers and ca.5 Corn Buntings drinking from puddles, a couple of dozen Redwing E, and a solitary Fieldfare.

posted by Ray Baker on 15 Oct 2018 13:58

08 Oct 2018Pulborough - a nocturnal YBW

Been using this rainy evening to catch up with some of last week's nocturnal recordings over Pulborough and was very surprised to discover a Yellow-browed Warbler flew over at 23:25hrs on Monday 8th! I wonder where it is now...?

posted by Matt Phelps on 14 Oct 2018 21:33

13 Oct 2018Hungry Heron

At the Arundel WWT on Saturday this Heron was searching for something but not near water so the general comment was "he won't find any fish there". A volunteer came into the RAMSAR hide and suggested it could probably hear something underground (true or not) but it did indeed catch a mole that it finally took to water before eating. Video available with this link https://youtu.be/xv2rxcnVqrc

posted by Ron Bewley on 14 Oct 2018 19:34

13 Oct 2018Winchelsea Circular

Starting from Winchelsea train station, a half dozen Swallows flew south overhead and 2-3 Chiffchaffs were calling hidden in Hawthorn bushes. Walking along the 1066 County Walk, under Cadborough Cliff I was fortunate to be able to watch a male Merlin for some 10 minutes as it hunted low over the bushes, was mobbed by Rooks, and interacted with a female Kestrel. Arriving at Rye Harbour a friendly chap from Canvey Island drew my attention to a Diver in the main channel which giving good views was soon identifed as a Black-throated Diver. I was able to watch if for about five minutes as it dived and preened. At the reserve as I passed through were noted some 50+ Wigeon, 200+ Oystercatchers, 20 Little Grebes, and over a 100 Coots. On the beach 8 Turnstones. At Winchelsea Beach there was a female Wheatear. On Pett Level over 100 Lapwings, 70 Curlew, 21 Little Grebes, 3 Shoveler, Pochard, 12 Turnstones, and another female Wheatear. At the south end of the Royal Military Canal some 100 Swallows diving down to drink and feeding overhead. 3 Stonechats were also seen. There were plenty of Dragonflies about today, along with Red Admirals, and one Clouded Yellow noted.

posted by Adrian West (afwest@hotmail.com) on 14 Oct 2018 16:16

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