Recent Sightings

Recent Sightings


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25 Feb 2024Horsham Park

Walking along North Parade, I heard a Firecrest calling from within the park along the hedge/tree line parallel to the road. Relocating into the park it was found foraging in holly close to the ground. Observed down to a few feet.

posted by Simon Carter on 25 Feb 2024 17:08

25 Feb 2024Goshawk, redpoll, woodlark and marsh tit

With James Aldridge - great view of 2 Goshawk and one heard, 100 Fieldfare on the deck with Starling and Redwing, a further 100 Redwing flying, 4 Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Nuthatch, Woodlark heard, 12 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Marsh Tit together, 5 Buzzard and a Kestrel - all between Worth and St Leonard's Forest, north Sussex, on an otherwise cloudy and drizzly Sunday.

posted by Paolo Oprandi on 25 Feb 2024 16:43

25 Feb 2024SOS walk Chichester Marina

Given the forecast (wet, then very wet) and wind (easterly) I was pleasantly surprised to see nine people in the car park wanting to come birding!

Usual offerings along the canal - Tufted Duck (The males looking splendid), Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan and Canada Goose. Flyover Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, along with Sparrows and Blue Tits.

Out in the harbour behind the club house , distant on a rather high tide, Brent Geese, Curlews and Oystercatchers along with Black-headed, Mediterranean and Common Gulls. A Greater Black-backed Gull was soaring along with a Buzzard. Redshank and Teal put in an appearance plus a lovely burst of blue as a Kingfisher went flashing past. Passing on to Birdham Pool (Little Egret, Little Grebe, Heron, Cormorants, lots of Mallard, Stock Dove cooing in the pine tree) and then across fields ( Rook, Crow) and a bit of mud splashing to Westlands. We were delighted to see 23 Red-breasted Mergansers (don't you just love those punk haired dudes!) huddled in one corner giving great scope views, the field behind had 150 Shelduck and a distant pontoon had 200 Redshank roosting. Along with a Roe Deer and a hungry Fox trying his luck on some nearby duck. A Kestrel gave a swooping fly past.

Retracing our steps we headed back into the marina and across the lock - rain was not far away by this stage and we forego a walk into Salterns Copse (the high tide meant we were unlikely to add much) to carry onto the Hide. Goldfinches flew over, a Robin and Dunnock gave us bursts of song.
From the Hide a Snipe was startled by a Landing Heron, A Cetti's Warbler was heard (maybe that low flying dark shape was it!) Long-tailed Tit passed by. And then the rain came just after we got back to the car park - Phew!

Good spotting (I made it 42 species total) and good company - thank you all.

posted by Kerry Jackson on 25 Feb 2024 15:38

24 Feb 2024Eastbourne Firecrests

Saturday morning we walked the downland footpath from Upper Dukes Drive (just round the corner from the café) that climbs up above the road, away from the coast. First bird heard was a Blackcap contact-calling from ivy-clad trees and bushes along the wood & downland edge. We then heard and saw a couple of Firecrest, also contact-calling close by. Not too much else about apart from several Dunnock singing and a Song Thrush which flew out of the wooded area. After a steep descent to the eastern side of Whitbread Hollow, we followed the path westwards and heard/saw another pair of Firecrest calling in flowering cherry plum near the trapping area. The ‘light rain showers’ forecasted then became continuous and heavier but we plodded on down the steps and muddy path to Cow Gap, with yet another pair of Firecrest in and out of elder and bramble scrub after the 2nd set of steps. The tide was right in so couldn’t walk too far along the beach and little sign of anything else along the cliffs or out to sea. We retreated back to the car, adding a single Stonechat to a list of just 22 species in the pouring rain.

posted by Mike Mullis on 25 Feb 2024 08:57

24 Feb 2024Fairlight Cliffs

Just 4 Red-throated Divers on the sea, and 26 Common Gulls W this morning, but a Greenfnch was a Sussex year tick! After some pretty violent rain/hail in the afternoon, 19 Gannets passed W in 30 mins. A Treecreeper at our Winchelsea allotment was another year tick.

posted by Alan Parker on 25 Feb 2024 05:58

24 Feb 2024Reed Bunting pair - Warnham

A pair of ringed Reed Buntings at Warnham Nature Reserve this afternoon.

posted by Philip Brown on 24 Feb 2024 17:19

24 Feb 2024Brede High Woods

A restful walk around these woods on a mostly calm and sunny morning featured several highlights. The first was a flock of around 25 Crossbills in the main stand of larches between the east and west car parks. There was also a fleeting appearance from a Hawfinch along the track to Powdermill Reservoir (where there was a drake Mandarin), as well as a fly-over Goshawk. Small numbers of Marsh Tits, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls were dottered around, along with singles of Mistle Thrush and Firecrest. Despite covering three miles of woodland tracks, I was surprised to only log one Treecreeper!

posted by David Campbell on 24 Feb 2024 13:58

23 Feb 2024Sussex Airspace

From the M25 Junction 8 car park two soaring Ravens. Also one hunting Kestrel and three Buzzards on the thermals. Deckchairs provided.

posted by Charles Smith on 24 Feb 2024 12:50

24 Feb 2024Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

I know the picture is rubbish! Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen near the Ashdown Forest visitor centre, laddering on its back and red head, it then was heard drumming on and off for some time after we saw it. Also Goshawk, Buzzard, 2 RavensMarsh TitGreat Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Lesser RedpollSiskinChaffinch, Redwing and more.
Not a bad morning as the Lesser spot and Marsh Tit are a first for me. Hope the picture is viewable as when I previewed it was stretched out!

posted by Stephen Fry on 24 Feb 2024 11:07

23 Feb 2024Fairlight Cliffs

After an almost complete rain write-off day yesterday (just 2 Mediterranean Gulls E in the evening), I hoped for more in better weather today, but just 26 Red-throated Divers and 31 Common Gulls W in 90 mins this morning.

posted by Alan Parker on 24 Feb 2024 06:13

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