Recent Sightings

Recent Sightings

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20 Sep 2021Goshawk, West Dean

A juvenile female Goshawk at West Dean today, see previous post.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 20 Sep 2021 21:08

20 Sep 2021Hawfinches and Hawks, West Dean

Between 06:46 (two minutes before sunrise) and 07:10, 30 Hawfinches arrived in the area around the flint barn along the Monkton Track, rather few for this season. However, from 07:30 to 08:50 another 40 arrived, so 70 in all. Some at least were feeding in the area, with three still showing at 09:22. Although mostly invisible in the afternoon when I returned, two perched up briefly at 15:50 when a marauding Goshawk (one of three seen) spooked them. Between 2 hr 46 min and 1 hr 36 min before sunset (16:40 and 17:30), 27 left the area towards their roost(s), a typical time range. These birds were very distant and flying away, so early morning is a much better bet though a 'scope is needed for half-decent views. Otherwise a constant passage of Swallows with a few House Martins and two Spotted Flycatchers were good to see.

posted by Mark Mallalieu ( on 20 Sep 2021 21:04

20 Sep 2021BBC item

Lovely to see SOS Council Member Mya Bambrick featuring on a BBC report about young people heading off to university. James McCulloch also features - I believe he is also an SOS member. They are part of the future hope for conservation in the UK - very best wishes to them in their studies. See

posted by Valerie Bentley on 20 Sep 2021 18:26

20 Sep 2021Ravens

Three Ravens flew over my garden in Barcombe at 13:05 today making one heck of a din. Presumably, a local pair were seeing off an intruder. While watching them climb high into the sky still calling, eight Buzzards appeared and circled around together.

posted by Simon Linington on 20 Sep 2021 17:33

20 Sep 2021Great white at Bewl

Great White Egret at Bewl Water again today.

posted by Peter Davies on 20 Sep 2021 14:38

20 Sep 2021Wheatears - Eastbourne

At least three Wheatears on Eastbourne beach at 10.30 today - first sighting here for me.

posted by Simon Thomas on 20 Sep 2021 11:30

19 Sep 2021Lower Cuckmere

A late afternoon/early evening walk along the east bank of the river. A Curlew Sandpiper (see pictured) associating with 3 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear and 50+ Linnets. Frustratingly, I couldn't relocate a flock of about 20 unidentified small waders seen only in flight.

posted by David Williams on 20 Sep 2021 09:13

19 Sep 2021Scotney Circular

For a change from Rye Harbour, Dave Rowlands, James Tomlinson and I did a circular walk around the Scotney Gravel Pit complex starting at Kent Pen wall. This walk crosses the county border, but all the good birds were in Sussex! We noted 67 species in 5 hours, cf. 91 in 7 on our last Rye walk. Highlights were our first 4 Brent Geese, a Merlin, 7 Tree Sparrows, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 20 Ruff, 200 Golden Plovers, 8 Avocets, 65 Egyptian Geese and 4 Whinchats. Just like Rye Harbour, birds everywhere!

posted by Alan Parker on 20 Sep 2021 05:10

19 Sep 2021Medmerry Cattle Egrets

Six Cattle Egrets present today and yesterday at RSPB Medmerry south of the stilt pools visible from the path that runs below the shingle bank.

posted by Kenneth Davies on 19 Sep 2021 19:34

19 Sep 2021Wryneck, Lancing

A Wryneck flew into a tree outside my lounge window this morning and remained perched for 15 minutes, causing great disquiet among the tits, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.

posted by Adrian Thomas on 19 Sep 2021 18:06

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