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20 Jan 2018Latest SOSRC Decisions

The latest Sussex record decisions (updated 20th January 2018) from the SOSRC are available in the Records section of the site. Further BBRC decisions are awaited.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 20 Jan 2018 12:34

20 Jan 2018Steyning et al

Now (0945) in Miou’s garden, Steyning a female Blackcap while yesterday, around Steyning sewage works some 10 Chiffchaffs. Also yesterday morning on the Widewater Lagoon, Lancing, besides the female Goosander, were three Red-breasted Merganser, a male and two females.

posted by Alan & Miou on 20 Jan 2018 09:52

19 Jan 2018Winchelsea and Rye circular

Between Winchelsea and Rye, along the 1066 Country Walk: 4 Stonechats, 1 Yellowhammer and a female Bullfinch noted. Over Rye I was a little surprised to see a Red Kite circling. At Rye Harbour I was impressed by the number of Ringed Plovers. I saw the usual suspects there, plus 2 female Goldeneyes. On Pett Level, 9 White-fronted Geese and a Brent Goose were among the Canada and Greylag Geese. Best bird was a Great White Egret which appeared from a ditch with a fish and promptly swallowed it. Also seen were no less than 3 Marsh Harriers together at the west end, possibly going to roost. Finally a Kingfisher was along the military canal.

posted by Adrian West on 19 Jan 2018 20:24

19 Jan 2018A six-goose day!

At Scotney Gravel Pit, the two Tundra Bean Geese showed well amongst the Greylags and the usual flock of Barnacle Geese, and we found a couple of Bearded Tits in the bushes by the road. At Pett Level at dusk there were at least a dozen White-fronted Geese, again with large numbers of Greylags, plus a few Canada Geese and a couple of Brent Geese, plus a Barn Owl and three Ruff. (Chris Barfield, Nigel Barnes and David Potter)

posted by Chris Barfield on 19 Jan 2018 19:02

19 Jan 2018Bird Race - apologies!

To the LBJs, their total was 42, not 40!

posted by Val Bentley ( on 19 Jan 2018 17:59

19 Jan 2018Pulborough Brooks

A morning set aside to get a look at the Temminck's Stint for the year list proved successful - eventually! But when it did show it did so pretty well through the scope. Also present were a Little Owl from Winpenny looking towards the agricultural buildings to the right (thanks to the group who pointed this out to us), 2 Ruddy Shelduck , 2 Avocet, a Dunlin and by a very rough estimate well over 200 Black-tailed Godwit. The Hen Harrier was not present during our visit but we did record Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Kestrel and what to me looked like a fleeting glimpse of a Merlin fling across the back of the reserve. (David Sales & Bob Self).

posted by Bob Self on 19 Jan 2018 16:46

19 Jan 2018Faygate, Ifield and Rusper Hawfinches

There are records of Hawfinches in previous winters from this area and a search today revealed eight shortly after dawn at TQ215353 (south of Amberley Manor, which is 1.5kms north of Faygate), one about a kilometre further west of here at a point just north of Rusper Copse; one in the centre of Rusper; and four at and around Ifield Church. The whole area has plenty of hornbeam whilst the churches/rectories at Ifield and Rusper have yews. That said, John Hunt saw one bird eating ash buds. Thanks to Alastair Gray for suggesting Ifield church as a potential site.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 19 Jan 2018 16:15

19 Jan 2018Cuckmere Haven

Sunny Cuckmere Haven: 800+ Canada Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 16 Shelduck, Mistle Thrush, 7 Grey Heron, only 2 Little Egret, 22 Little Grebe, a Curlew, 2 Meadow Pipit, 50 Oystercatchers, 4 Skylark & a Stonechat.

Where are all the White-fronted Geese this year?

posted by Alan Jeffrey on 19 Jan 2018 15:37

19 Jan 2018Petworth Park

On the smaller lake in Petworth Park today, there were three Goosander present, two males and one female, swimming amongst the Canada Geese. The males stuck together and gave excellent views.

posted by Elliot Dowding on 19 Jan 2018 15:33

19 Jan 2018Bird Race - Final Totals ......

... I think!
Sixteen teams have now advised of their Race totals, and that should be the final number. Lovely to see a couple of new teams and a total of 47 people participating - would have been 48 if one of my Team hadn't been struck down by the current lurgy. The Treasurer's Team had to race later than the "official" time slot due to illness.

So we can declare the winners to be the Splash Pointers for the second year running, with a new race record of 123, Team@Sussexbirding in 2nd place, and Midhurst Martlets in 3rd. It was a very close run thing for 4th place, with 4 teams having just 3 species separating them.

This should be the final rundown:
123 Splash Pointers (Matt Eade, Derek Barber & Bob Self)
102 Team@SussexBirding (Lee Beadell & Alastair Gray)
101 Midhurst Martlets (Hugh Horne, Peter Davis, Peter Plant, Gary Trew)
94 Mike's Mergansers (Jan Jupp, Lesley Milward, Mike English, Charles Waters & Mike Russell)
93 The Rolling Turnstones (Colin, Juliet, Alan & Angie)
93 Dynamic Duo (Elliot Dowding & John Thorogood)
91 Wild Park Wanderers (Ben Benatt, Paul Cole & Peter Whitcomb)
87 Dippers (Chris Barfield, Nigel Barnes & David Potter)
80 Treasurer’s Team (Ted Merrikin & John Underwood)
76 Explorer 123ers (Chris Bird & Pete Mantle)
75 Wealden Wings (Clare Buckle & Joanne Chattaway)
74 TQ01ers (Jackie, Linda, Mark, Pete & Alice)
69 Just the Two of us (Brian Crawford & Kathleen Hutchinson)
63 West Weald Wanderers (Paul Matson, Craig Welsby, Dave Burges)
54 Henfield Fab Four (-1) ( Val Bentley, Nigel Colgate, & Nigel Parsons, –Will Green)
40 The LBJs (Tim & Samuel Roberts)

Many thanks to all who took part. Please send in your species lists asap, so that I can log them and see how many species were seen overall, and write the summary for the next Newsletter. Sponsorship/donations can be made by cheque (as per the race pack info) by direct transfer or via the mydonate website. If either of the latter two methods, I'd be grateful if you could e-mail to advise me.

Well done, all!

posted by Val Bentley on 19 Jan 2018 15:19

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