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17 Jan 2020and Woodlarks....

Near Fire Wood the winter wheat fields still have Woodlarks, with a flock of nine this afternoon scurrying around like mice and not detected until they called. There have been lots of winter thrushes, Starlings and Chaffinches in these fields too, which for some reason are attracting many more birds than usual this winter.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 17 Jan 2020 22:53

17 Jan 2020Fire Wood, Ardingly

Having given my talk on Hawfinches, Goshawks and Honey-buzzards to the very friendly and welcoming Eastbourne SWT group yesterday, I was able to see two of these three species near Fire Wood today (no prizes for guessing which one was absent), including six Hawfinches between 14:10 and 15:10.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 17 Jan 2020 19:12

16 Jan 2020First 2020 Splash Point sea-watch

Warned by Matt Eade of winds (SE 3-4) favourable for a seawatch yesterday, he joined me from 08.10 until 09.40, and I stayed until 10.10. We saw (all flying east): Diver sp. 1, Red-throated Diver 14. Great Crested Grebe 3 o.s., Fulmar 4, Gannet 6, Brent Goose 2, Pintail 3, Common Scoter 1, Kittiwake ca.20, Guillemot 2, Razorbill 13, and Auk sp. 10. Common and Great Black-backed Gulls were seen but not counted.

posted by Dick Gilmore on 17 Jan 2020 18:43


I've recently volunteered to replace Luke as the current photo editor for the annual Sussex Bird Report. The report relies wholly on voluntary submissions so I would encourage everyone who took great photographs of any birds (common, scarce or rare!) in Sussex during 2019 to send them in for consideration. Please ensure the images are uncropped and of the highest possible resolution. Also include location and date in the file name, alternatively include those details in the email. You can either send them to the email on this post but I would encourage people to use wetransfer (, a simple to use online portal for sending and receiving images. Looking forward to receiving your photo's and thank you all in advance.

posted by Laurence ( on 17 Jan 2020 17:58

17 Jan 2020Great Northern Diver - Newhaven

Great Northern Diver seen from West Beach car park, Newhaven, photo taken today (Friday) at 1.30pm.

posted by Gary M on 17 Jan 2020 13:54

16 Jan 2020Not Snow Geese!

The 4 Blue Snow Geese I reported yesterday are apparently hybrid Barnacle x Emperor Geese! Sorry!

posted by Alan Parker on 17 Jan 2020 07:04

16 Jan 2020Bewl

Black-throated Diver at Bewl Water again between jetties and Beauman's Point at 10:30.

posted by Peter Davies ( on 16 Jan 2020 18:53

16 Jan 2020Redwings

Flock of 12 Redwings on the top of the tree in Lancing.

posted by Shemi on 16 Jan 2020 17:44

16 Jan 2020Local Birding

At Brooklands this morning, around the stream a very confiding Cetti's Warbler (see attached photo by BFF), a single Chiffchaff and a pair of Coal Tit. Also noted 20 Goldfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Highlights on the lake a single male Pochard and 17 Teal plus the usual gulls bathing. At Shoreham Harbour the 4 Purple Sandpipers were doing their best
to hide amongst the weed on the base of the jetty. Henfield Levels from the Downslink I took the path that runs for a short time west of the old railway track.The brooks had more water, still a few Teal and Wigeon and 5 Shoveler. Five Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat and a single Bullfinch.No sign of the Glossy Ibis. See Tim Holter's posting on the SDOS usergroup, it has moved to near the Woods Mill Stream where the pylons cross the path.

posted by Bernie Forbes on 16 Jan 2020 16:54

16 Jan 2020Turtle Dove nesting habitat

Please consider signing this petition to save the Turtle Doves at Rye Station Thank-you

posted by Dr B Yates on 16 Jan 2020 16:52

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