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22 Oct 2017Hawfinches near Wakehurst Place

Seven Hawfinches flew NE overhead at 0900 this morning, about half a mile north of Wakehurst Place.

posted by Mark Mallalieu (mallalieum@gmail.com) on 22 Oct 2017 22:04

22 Oct 2017Brighton Wagtails

At least 400 Pied Wagtails went to roost in the small trees in Kingscote Way, at the back of Brighton Station at dusk today, gathering on roofs nearby before finally going into the trees - fascinating!

posted by Chris Barfield on 22 Oct 2017 21:03

22 Oct 2017Blustery post-Brian birding on Black Down

I’ve no idea just how windy it was on Black Down yesterday, but it was still fairly draughty today. So not the best conditions for here, but some good birds all the same. Heathland regulars Stonechats (4+) and Dartford Warblers (1) keeping a low profile in the wind, similarly only 6+ Meadow Pipits, 8+ Lesser Redpolls, 5+ Siskins, although ca.20 Linnets. Overhead 8+ Buzzards, 3 Kestrels and one Raven, and 11 Herring Gulls slogging south west into the wind. Migrant thrushes in low numbers with 1-2 Blackbirds, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4+ Redwings, but still two juvenile Ring Ouzels, at least one of which was a different bird when compared to one of the two seen here last weekend. The best bit came when out of the wind, in the sun, with the espresso and apricot tart…three Hawfinches south past the Temple of the Winds at about 1120. A most acceptable combination.

posted by Dave Burges (dave.burges@gmail.com) on 22 Oct 2017 19:58

22 Oct 2017SEO at Barnham

A Short-eared Owl was hunting along the side of the solar farm at Barnham Brooks this evening.

posted by bart ives (bart.ives@talk21.com) on 22 Oct 2017 19:08

22 Oct 2017Ring Ouzel

Two Ring Ouzels on main path up from car park at Shooters
Bottom, Beachy Head.

posted by Dick Knapp on 22 Oct 2017 15:43

22 Oct 2017Weir Wood

A Red Kite flew West at 09:16, at the West end 15 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpipers, 36 Lapwing, 23 Teal and 4 Tufted Duck were present.There were 3 Egyptian Geese amongst 200+ Greylags. Small numbers of finches were on the move west with ChaffinchLesser Redpolls, Goldfinch and 5 Bullfinch seen.

posted by Alastair Gray on 22 Oct 2017 13:59

14 Oct 2017SOS at Birling Gap to Shooters Bottom

With apologies for tardy reporting (blame work pressures, civil service and Brexit) and thanks to Norma for her gentle reminding notes herewith is the report for the SOS outing at Birling Gap. At the start a building crane and work on the beach access presented a challenge to the easy sea-watching that usually begins the walk. A walk towards Horseshoe Plantation started the list for most for the 20 who joined me with species such as Stonechat (of course), Meadow Pipit, Robin, House Sparrow, Linnet, Rook and Jackdaw, Goldfinch and singing Skylark. Then there were Buntings with some calling out Corn Bunting and others ‘no, definitely Reed Bunting’ until it gradually became obvious that both were present though rarely at the same time! Sprinklings of hirundines were usually Swallow but with an occasional House Martin. At Horseshoe at least 3 Goldcrest were seen busily foraging whilst a Woodpigeon was on the seaward side of the trees. Between the lighthouses a Great Black-backed Gull flew along the cliff edge whilst below a Little Egret stood on retreating-tide exposed rocks and some added Curlew and Gannet. Shooters Bottom was hard work but all should have heard a chack, perhaps a distant disappearing black shape whilst some had more convincing but nevertheless a fleeting view of 1 or 2 Ring Ouzel. A female Blackcap was added to the list (a male was seen on the return just beyond Horseshoe), a singing Dunnock plus an overflying croaking Raven. Most would have recorded at least 30 species with a walk total of 34 with no raptors at all but plenty of good company!

posted by Mark Wright on 22 Oct 2017 12:17

22 Oct 2017Horseshoe Plantation

1 Firecrest among a flock of Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Merlin landed in wood briefly.

posted by Ollie Stone Lee on 22 Oct 2017 10:28

21 Oct 2017Pulborough Brooks

A squally morning at the Brooks, the wind and horizontal rain making for some challenging birding conditions. It wasn't surprising therefore to see a Dunlin drop in from height during a shower, joining 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Ruff, at least 10 Snipe and lots of Lapwings in making up today's wader contingent. Good also to see Pintail numbers increasing; at least 30 present today, the drakes looking very dapper in their finery now. Otherwise, highlights were 10 Stonechats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 11 Redwings, a Peregrine on the deck from Hails View and a single Swallow battling south into the gale.

posted by Matt Phelps on 21 Oct 2017 18:07

20 Oct 2017Friday, from Beachy Head to Cuckmere

Unfortunately, I'm moving house, so my last East Sussex birding opportunity. Very rewarding, however. Starting at Birling Gap to the Old Trapping Area and backwards, huge swaves of Goldfinches, perhaps reaching the 1000 over 7 hours. Estimated 300 Meadow Pipits, 150 Linnets, and 20 Pied Wagtails. Highlights were 10 Goldcrests in Belle Tout Horseshoe wood, with one Firecrest too. In Shooter's Bottom, right next to one another, a Mistle Thrush and a female Ring Ouzel. Three Sparrowhawks there too. A lone Willow Warbler at the Old Trapping area took me by surprise.

At Cuckmere, not too much activity as the wind picked up. A lone Kingfisher on the river, and a Common Buzzard trying to stir up trouble here and there.

I must end by saying that I have met some wonderful people here in East Sussex in the last year, and I have had many wonderful experiences. My favourite place is Rye Harbour at sunrise. I wish you all the very best in your birding future.

posted by Peter on 21 Oct 2017 03:08

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