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20 Sep 2017A Ruff Day (nearly)

I started off at Pulborough RSPB for the Pectoral Sandpiper which showed well from the Hanger viewpoint. Then I went onto Pagham visitor centre for the Turtle Dove which was happily feeding, oblivious to the people watching just feet away from it (quite bizarre).

Then news of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Rye came through, so I headed off, thankfully stopping off at home in Ringmer, to find out that it was a Ruff!

Late afternoon I went to see the reported 3 Little Stints at Arlington Res, on the dam end which was joined by a Sanderling (picture attached).

posted by Phillip Wells on 20 Sep 2017 20:16

20 Sep 2017Castle Water, Rye Harbour

This afternoon we trekked around in a mammoth loop along N side and back along S side. We saw many birds eg Cormorants, Canada and Greylag Geese, Wigeons, Shovelers and gulls but not much of note, the best perhaps two ad Common Gulls, three juv Common Terns, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher!

posted by Alan and Miou on 20 Sep 2017 19:21

20 Sep 2017What a hoot!

At 04.30 a male Tawny Owl was hooting (singing) atop a telephone pole in Tanyard Lane, Steyning and was silhouetted against the night sky.

posted by Alan and Miou on 20 Sep 2017 17:22

19 Sep 2017Great un-expectations

After spending the morning at Rye (didn't see the stork below - which shows they can fly with much reduced wings!), I moved on to the ARC pit at Dungeness. I saw these THREE Great White Egrets, out of a reported group of FIVE! Didn't know the UK had them in such numbers in one place.

posted by Yvonne Taylor on 20 Sep 2017 13:37

20 Sep 2017West Rise marsh

Black-necked Grebe showing well on main lake.

posted by Adrian Baverstock Thomas on 20 Sep 2017 08:20

19 Sep 2017White Stork at Rye Harbour

Yesterday's White Stork at Rye Harbour was obviously an escapee with the blue ring on left leg (white letters CN) and the clipped primary flight feathers at tip of the left wing. The gaps in the secondary flight feathers (closer to the body) are moulting. Does not appear to be the bird seen in Kent recently

posted by Barry Yates on 20 Sep 2017 08:10

19 Sep 2017Pulborough Brooks

After a hard days work with the Volunteers today we rushed down to the Hanger in time to see a Pectoral Sandpiper with 3 Dunlin.
Roger Parsons and Peter Moon

posted by roger Parsons ( on 19 Sep 2017 19:18

19 Sep 2017Birding On the Downs

Still restrained by the recovering knee we walked south from Chantry Hill first thing this morning for a few hundred metres. Viewing the down land to the east,finding plenty of Red-legged Partridge and the occasional Raven.The ground crops were holding good numbers of Meadow Pipit with a few Chiffchaff, with single Common Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat in the hedgerows. Later on we walked the South Downs Way west until the newly reinstated Dew Pond.The entire area was hopping with buntings with 75 Corn, 45 Yellowhammer and 4 Reed Bunting.The Corn Buntings were very confiding and showing well. Also noted were Red Kite , Peregrine, a fly over calling Golden Plover plus 3 Yellow Wagtail.Moving on to Canada Barn and The Burgh, birds were harder to find with Peregrine and a dashing Hobby going south, and plenty of covies of Grey Partridges lurking around the edges of the fields.

Bernie Forbes & Dave Smith.

posted by Bernie Forbes on 19 Sep 2017 17:33

19 Sep 2017Feathers, Salehurst

Another nice day at work, starting off with a pair of Grey Wagtails and a pair of Pied Wagtails on the barn roof. A pair of Treecreepers were calling in the oak tree in the car park, back after a long absence, just like that of the Marsh Tits which are back having last been seen here in February. The daily visiting Goldcrests were very vocal once again today and one even posed nicely for a picture today!

posted by Joe Rawles ( on 19 Sep 2017 17:03

19 Sep 2017worthing swallows

Walking the 400m from Worthing pier to the swimming pool I counted 128 Swallows all heading determinedly East over the beach and the prom. More high up over the town heading the same way.

posted by patricl on 19 Sep 2017 15:49

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