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18 Nov 2017Pulborough Brooks

A crisp and clear start at a rather quiet West Mead, although the wildfowl were looking particularly handsome in the wintry sunlight, especially the Pintails (at least 20 around today). The North Brooks produced a little more interest in the form of 15 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Redshank. At Hails View an immature Marsh Harrier put on a great show as it quartered around, flushing Snipe left, right and centre, until a Peregrine showed up and got its back up. Also of note here were another Black-tailed Godwit and a Raven. Another good morning for thrushes, particularly Redwing, with at least 130 seen in small groups around the reserve or flying over.

posted by Matt Phelps on 18 Nov 2017 19:10

18 Nov 2017Hawfinches

Picture here of two Hawfinches yesterday pm at the Screens Wood site.

posted by Alan Kitson on 18 Nov 2017 18:19

18 Nov 2017Kites!

18 Red Kites aloft over a ploughed field just west of Elsted village. The most I've seen together in West Sussex.

posted by Mark McManus ( on 18 Nov 2017 17:46

18 Nov 2017Hen Harrier at The Burgh

Unsurprisingly quiet in gloomy and wet conditions on an early afternoon visit, so a quartering ringtail Hen Harrier east of the copse was totally unexpected. Passerine numbers were low, though there was a notable amount of thrushes around, particularly Fieldfares. A covey of Grey Partridges was flushed from a footpath, and a female Goshawk made for another unanticipated and most welcome raptor sighting.

posted by Edward Stubbs on 18 Nov 2017 17:03

18 Nov 2017Little Owl - West Dean

8am the Little Owl was in a tree on the corner just east of Staple Ash Farm, with a Hawfinch. It flew off but returned until workmen disturbed it again.

posted by Heather Rowe on 18 Nov 2017 16:14

18 Nov 2017Black Redstart - Gatwick

A Black Redstart this afternoon, hopping around the HGVs outside the cargo sheds at Gatwick Airport, brightened up my day at work.

posted by Brian Cox on 18 Nov 2017 14:35

29 Nov 2017East Grinstead Local RSPB Group October meeting

NOTE: all meetings are in the Main Hall, East Court, College lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT, at 7.45 for 8.00 pm. Prompt start.
Cost £5 to non-members and £4 to members, those in full-time education up to the age of 18 free.

Nature’s Marvels – David Boag.
David is a wildlife photographer, author & lecturer.
He has been lucky to be a professional wildlife photographer for over 40 years.

posted by M Roberts on 18 Nov 2017 14:20

17 Nov 2017Amberley downland circuit

A longish circular dog walk from Amberley station taking in Rackham Banks, Wepham Down, The Burgh and Canada Barn produced remarkably few passerines bar 2 Corn Buntings and about 40 Skylarks in spite of excellent light. Even Goldfinches only just made double figures at 11 and Linnets were limited to two. The usual array of raptors and corvids with minima of 2 Ravens, 7 Kestrels, 7 Buzzards, 5 Red Kites, 2 Peregrines, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Marsh Harrier, with a possible Merlin flying distantly against the sun. Eleven Grey Partridge rounded off the list.

posted by Martin Daniel on 18 Nov 2017 08:33

17 Nov 2017West Dean Little Owl

Was sitting in his tree admiring the sunset, looking as plump as ever. On the track plenty of Hawfinches in good light and the odd Brambling at the top in with the Chaffinches.

posted by S Hill on 17 Nov 2017 19:59

17 Nov 2017Selsey Peninsula

The Glossy Ibis continued to show well near the breach at Medmerry, with two Dartford Warblers and a Common Sandpiper on the west of the reserve. The Velvet Scoter was still in the harbour from Church Norton, with four Slavonian Grebes offshore and two or three Sandwich Terns were seen there and at Selsey Bill. For full details see the Selsey Birder blog.

posted by andrew house on 17 Nov 2017 18:05

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