Recent Sightings

Recent Sightings


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18 Jul 2024South Downs and Adur

A longish walk via Mill Hill, Beeding Hill and the Adur back to Ropetackle. Linnets seemed to be the most frequent birds on Mill Hill, with several small flocks in evidence. One Common Whitethroat. Below, two Buzzards stood side by side in the car boot field, and across the valley two Peregrines circled over Lancing College. After passing through the farm buildings north of Mill Hill, where there was a Kestrel, Skylarks singing became prominent and were commented upon by a passing horse rider. A Corn Bunting sang rather half-heartedly from the top of a footpath signpost, and there were more Linnets and a flock of about 30 House Sparrows. A Raven was perched on a pylon near the top of Beeding Hill. At the cement works there were nine Common Sandpipers, probably the most I've ever seen here, and there was another downstream near the flyover. Several vocal Reed Buntings, including one singing in a cereal field near Cuckoo Corner. Also a vigorously singing Sedge Warbler. Just north of the flyover a flock of about 20 House Martins were the day's only hirundines, and south of here down to Ropetackle added another five species, namely Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, a summer-plumaged Dunlin, a Whimbrel and a tagged and ringed Curlew, most probably the NO ringed bird from the Norfolk Estate project, although I was unable to read the ring. 39 species in total. A smallish number of butterflies included Essex Skipper, Marbled White, Gatekeeper and Small Heath, and among the flower-rich grassland on the southern slope of Beeding Hill was Round-headed Rampion, among other species.

posted by Steve Gilbert on 18 Jul 2024 14:28

18 Jul 2024Green Woodpeckers at The Pells park in Lewes

En route to an early swim this morning my wife saw a Green Woodpecker in the Pells playground, and could hear another calling. 

posted by Meic Goodyear on 18 Jul 2024 14:02

17 Jul 2024Pulborough Brooks

Couple of hours at PB from 07:30 produced my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year (near the newest dragonfly ponds). Later on North Brooks: 3 imm. Avocet, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 42 Black-tailed Godwits (mostly in gorgeous brick red summer plumage) and unusually 2 similarly colour co-ordinated summer plumaged Knot.

posted by Colin Holter on 17 Jul 2024 12:59

16 Jul 2024Swifts, further thoughts!

Following on from Steve Gilbert's thoughts yesterday, we had a group of between 15-20 Swifts over our north Southwick garden at 8.30pm screaming. In Manor Hall Road in Southwick there are now 8 Swift nest boxes for this important and the largest local group of Swift nests around, and up to 18 birds have been recorded this year by the residents. This is possibly the same group, or a gathering of other individuals, or small groups?

posted by David Smith on 17 Jul 2024 06:20

16 Jul 2024Adur Estuary

Sightings this afternoon: 
Toll Bridge - 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. Cuckoo Corner - Kingfisher.

posted by Chris Corrigan on 16 Jul 2024 21:41

16 Jul 2024Musings about Swifts

There has been a distinct increase in the number of Swifts over the house in north Shoreham over the past week, most obviously during the early evening. These presumably include recently fledged birds, although I remain unclear about the location of local breeding birds. When I note increased numbers of birds I am of course alert to personal baseline syndrome, and speculate about the numbers of Swifts that may have been seen, had they been looking, by our first predecessors as occupants of this house during the summer of 91 years ago. Yesterday a flock of about 20 Swallows flew east as if making their first moves towards migration. Although not breeding on the immediately adjoining rooftops three fledged juvenile Herring Gulls have taken up temporary residence, along with warily attendant adults, on the flat roofs of our house and those of our neighbours. Whilst unwelcome by some, a close view of these birds reveals their smart beauty.

posted by Steve Gilbert on 16 Jul 2024 20:12

15 Jul 2024Lesser Black-backed Gull

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned about Lesser Black-backed Gull nesting in Shoreham. Yesterday I had quite a story with them. During my break at work I stumbled upon gull chick walking aimlessly around entrance door of my company (Higgidy). I didn't know what species of gull it was until some time later I noticed both parents of Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around and calling anxiously. I found the young bird again sitting on the street and then I realised that it just fallen off the roof. Without much of thinking I called maintenance team and asked them to help me. We organised a sizzle lift, I caught the chick with quite an effort because it could fly a bit and we put it back on the roof. Today I saw it between parents in the same spot. There are also quite a few young Herring Gulls around plus some Great Black-backed Gulls. I also think that there is another pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls nesting bit further down the Dolphin Road.

posted by Shemi on 16 Jul 2024 20:04

16 Jul 2024Three (garden) falcon species in three days

Two days ago a female Peregrine (in size, I couldn't assess maturity) flew across the field to the south of my garden, in Storrington. Yesterday a Kestrel hovered over my garden flower meadows. Today, a Hobby flew across the garden (from the south) at just 25 feet up and came within 15 metres of where I was looking from the kitchen. It banked effortlessly and flew over the house and presumably over Storrington, itself. Of the three falcon species mentioned it is Hobby that is uncommon as a garden sighting (maybe one a year). Otherwise, in recent weeks, Buzzards every day and Red Kites two days out of three. Over the past six weeks or so we have had (almost) daily sightings of Sparrowhawks as they raid the bird feeders. For the first 3-4 weeks it was only a male Sparrowhawk but in the past two weeks its been only the female. On one occasion the female hawk perched on the feeder and looked down at two Carrion Crows that kept their eye on it but were clearly unafraid.

posted by Martin Kalaher on 16 Jul 2024 15:42

13 Jul 2024Rye Harbour SOS walk

Nine joined me for the Rye Harbour walk and we had reasonable weather (a bonus this summer). The car park provided the usual collection: Feral Pigeon; Jackdaw; House Sparrow; Goldfinch; Herring Gull. A Blackcap was heard as a bonus. As we reached the salt marshes before the Discovery Centre the simple song of a Reed Bunting attracted our attention to a male sitting on what must be his regular territory haunt and on another bush close by a male Stonechat. On the river side a Meadow Pipit sang from another perch. Overhead a Swallow (later we saw a flurry of Sand Martin - at least 20 - and a handful of Swift - I counted 6). The first of many Skylark were heard and often seen. By the time we reacher the Gooders hide we had watched a Grey Heron flyover encouraged by a couple of feisty Avocet, a few Starling, the first of many Oystercatcher, a few Mallard and 3 Curlew flew in. Along the fence line a couple of passerines were up & down, one was quickly seen to be a male Stonechat but the other was a puzzle until at the entrance it was captured briefly in a 'scope view and found to be a Wheatear, possibly a pale worn female or even a subadult. From the hide we had good views of a pair of Egyptian Goose with 3 gosling. Other species seen here included: Dunlin (7); Golden Plover (1); Magpie (1); Pied Wagtail (1); Avocet (6); Oystercatcher (10+); Stock Dove (4); Black-headed Gull (10+); Sandwich Tern (30); Common Tern (5); Little Tern (2); Little Egret (2); Whimbrel (2). The tide was almost fully out when we reached the river mouth to turn onto the haul road but not before we had seen Ringed Plover and Turnstone (3 of each). To the accompaniment of Skylark we walked around to Denny hide where we saw most of the rest of the Common Tern, a few more Stock Dove, Common Sandpiper (1), Little Grebe (1), Crow (1). A short walk towards the salt pool added several Linnet. The walk officially ended here but a few of us ventured towards the location of the Red-backed Shrike seen earlier and we added many more Linnet, Mute Swan, Great White Egret, Tufted Duck, a male Marsh Harrier and Mediterranean Gull (3) but sadly no Shrike. Thanks to everyone for good company and spotting. My tally for the walk was 50 species (plus Gatekeeper; Large & Small White; Red Admiral; Small Copper). 

posted by Mark Wright on 15 Jul 2024 22:17

15 Jul 2024Hybrid Goose, Weir Wood Res

A small Goose has been present at the reservoir for several weeks but today was the first time I’ve got close enough for a picture.Seems it’s probably a Bar-headed x Barnacle Hybrid.
Other sightings this afternoon included a Common Sandpiper, 7 Lapwings, 4 Ravens, Great Black-backed Gull, Garden Warbler, Red Kite and a couple of Sparrowhawks.

posted by Alastair Gray on 15 Jul 2024 18:41

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