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21 Oct 2020Piltdown - Buzzard

This afternoon, viewed from my car window, I watched a Common Buzzard feeding on a number of earthworms on Piltdown Golf Course near Piltdown Pond. It sometimes spotted a worm from several feet away before running forwards to catch its prey. Unfortunately my 'Buzzard eating worm' pictures were all blurred so I have attached this heavily cropped picture.

posted by David Williams on 21 Oct 2020 19:42

20 Oct 2020Carrion Crow behaviour

Interesting sighting of 3 Carrion Crows on yukka bushes taking the berries, outside Stagecoach building in Marine Parade, Worthing.

posted by John Feest on 21 Oct 2020 18:20

21 Oct 2020Stejneger's Stonechat

Yesterday evening, Peter Alfrey found a potential Stejneger's Stonechat at Medmerry RPSB (a potential first record for Sussex). This morning, accompanied by Richard Fairbank, I eventually re-found the bird after several soakings close to the car park (see map). Over the course of the day, Peter, Adam Bowley and myself managed to obtain several images, but most importantly, after an eight hour vigil, I obtained a faecal sample for DNA analysis (BBRC currently only accepts Stejneger's Stonechats from DNA etc).

Although the result of the DNA may take some time, it's worth noting this bird shows off all relevant features for this species. I'd like to thank Peter Alfrey for the great find and also for the bird for excreting! Images and a full write-up on my blog.

posted by Matt Eade ( on 21 Oct 2020 18:08

21 Oct 2020Widewater Lagoon

Here this morning in rain was a wet Kingfisher and this afternoon, with the tide in and some sun shining, two Grey Plover.

posted by Alan and Miou on 21 Oct 2020 15:31

20 Oct 2020Fairlight Cliffs

Far too windy for vismig counting, but a "triumph of optimism over experience" seawatch first thing. As is often the case in windy weather, just four species - Cormorant, Gannet, Herring and GBB Gulls. I counted 27 Gannets W in about 40 mins.

posted by Alan Parker on 21 Oct 2020 05:27

20 Oct 2020Crossbills in Ashdown Forest

More pictures at https://sussexrambler.blogspot.com

posted by Peter Lovett ( on 20 Oct 2020 22:12

20 Oct 2020Beachy Head

Needing a bit of time out we headed down to Beachy on a beautiful day but a bit lacking in birds until we headed down Icky Ridge and found 10 fantastic Ring Ouzel, our first decent looks at this species for the year.

posted by Derek and Tracey Barber on 20 Oct 2020 20:26

20 Oct 2020Garden Buzzard

Surprised by a Common Buzzard flying from the field behind me to land in one of the oak trees in my Catsfield garden, not 20m from the house. Had time to grab binoculars and although dusk, could see it was a juvenile. Have seen a Buzzard on the ground in the field a couple of times over the last three days so presume it was the same one. When on the field, it appeared to be chasing and catching something but couldn't see what. It flew off in the direction of Normanhurst where they have become quite common, calling as it went.

posted by Carole Meek on 20 Oct 2020 18:31

20 Oct 2020Afternoon stroll at Waltham Brooks

A Red Kite flew low over the open water, affording excellent views and putting up nearly all the waterfowl. It then made its way across the river, where it was joined by two further birds. The reassembled ducks comprised 145 Teal, 90 Mallard and 10 Gadwall. One Little Grebe. Eight Lapwings flew over. Other records included snatches of song from at least two Cetti's Warblers, a Kestrel, 2-3 Buzzards, a flock of about 40 Goldfinches and a Jay in flight carrying an acorn in its bill. A Migrant Hawker and several Common Darter dragonflies.

posted by Steve Gilbert on 20 Oct 2020 17:17

20 Oct 2020A few birds of prey

Pictures of a Kestrel on the log pile at Sherwood Rough, a big Peregrine at Pulborough Brooks (also here two Ruff with Lapwings and Starlings between Westmead and Winpenny) and three Red Kites from the Rackham lookout taking it easy!

posted by Alan Kitson on 20 Oct 2020 16:43

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