Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
top billing today were 5 very confiding jack snipes in a ditch at shinewater. also present was a bittern seen twice in flight and a single fly over waxwing. in freezing conditions it was no surprise to see 10 water rails in the area. arlington is frozen over if anyone is thinking of going there.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
started off at arlington this morning where a yellow legged gull was seen. next stop was shinewater where 3 drake goosanders, 4+ bearded tits (at least 2 pairs), 2 yellow leggeds gulls, scan herring gull and an adult female caspian gull were found. not feeling very enthusiastic, we finally ended up on pevensey levels. 3 bewicks swan flew into the levels and gave very good views before flying off. we then got news of a white tailed eagle at amberley and within the hour were on site. views were always distant but the bird was seen a few times in flight. a sussex tick for everyone.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
yday: 2 raven, ring ouzel and 2 firecrests sheepcote. wheatear and 200 skylarks ovingdean.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
sat 16th: rather quiet at sheepcote. a little egret, merlin, 2 ring ouzels and 14 stonechats (10 males) were noteworthy. little egrets is still a good sighting here. an avocet was in the cuckmere viewed from seaford head eventually landing in a field near foxhole barn, arlington bird? bins only.
Monday, 11 October 2010
expectations were running high today. it was the last day of my holiday and there had been shit loads up the east coast yesterday. unfortunately the 'mega' never materialised but it was still an enjoyable day. the wind made birding hard work. best of the bunch at sheepcote were 11 ring ouzels. ovingdean was dead, i then went to newhaven heights. the usual walk around the cliff tops revealled a ring ouzel but then decided to head down to the base of the cliffs to search for rare wheatears. i parked the car and began walking along the cliff base. i flushed a thrush into some grass near an out building and went over to have a second look. it was just a song thrush but then right infront of me was an adult rose coloured starling. it ended up showing well feeding on the grassy slopes but was rather flighty. it possibly flew over the cliff top but i cant confirm this. the day ended with 2 ring ouzels in cow gap
though the bird appears adult, i was wondering if this bird is a 2nd winter. on closer inspection there is contrast between the glossy coverts and duller primaries and the nape had a slight brown wash.
Sunday, 10 October 2010
highlight of the day was a great grey shrike found this afternoon at ovingdean. the bird was in the NW corner of the horse paddocks to the NW of the main farm buildings in the centre of the village. a satisfying find tick, i've always wanted to find me own and i've been checking this area in particular for such species. other sightings today included a turtle dove and firecrest at sheepcote.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
weekend dross: sat: ring ouzel sheepcote, black tern shinewater, firecrest fairlight, drake merlin scotney.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
today at sheepcote: wryneck (top level north of bmx track), juv ring ouzel, gropper, 25 whinchats, 3 wheatears, 13 willows, 2 spot fly, 6 lesser white, 3 grey wags, great spot, 4 reed w, 8 sedge w, 4 redstart, 8 tree pipit, 2 yellow wags, 2 golden plover, snipe and a clouded yellow.
yday: a turtle dove and single male redstart at the south end of sheepcote.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
yday: the juv monty was still at balsdean in the evening.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
12 july: 53 med gulls roosting on ovingdean beach (8 ad, 10 2nd sum, 31 1st sum, 4 juvs).
11 july: 33 med gulls roosting on ovingdean beach ( 5 ad, 4 2nd sum, 23 1st sum, single juv). also juv med and lbbg at the marina.
10 july: purple emperor on deck at madgeland master trees (pic to follow at some point)
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
7 july: a massive increase in med gull numbers. 59 were seen comprising 3 flocks of 30, 21 and 7 at ovingdean, rottingdean and the marina respectively. there were 22 ad, 6 2nd sums, 26 1st sums and 5 juvs. i know there only meds but this is still an unprecedented roost count for the area tho large numbers pass E in the spring.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
2 july: few pics from goodwood but its probably too boring to put up a load of car pics. i did see the new merc SLS, bugatti (including 'pur sang' edition), ferrari 599 GTO and 458, new noble M15, caparo T1, zonda, mclaren MP4-12c and that weird lambo reventon. oh yeah and a few F1 cars. see i told you its boring.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
y'day: a red kite was found near beddingham junction at 5:45am and was also seen by dave cooper who was driving a little way behind me. the gropper was still reeling on willingdon levels but most other sites were pretty lacking in birds.
more late news: limited birding over the bank holiday weekend attending the annual whit fri and beer walks near oldham, manchester. a pair of red grouse with 2 young were seen on saddleworth moor on sun (30th).
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
yday: temmincks stint showing well at arlington and a pair yellow wags were at shinewater.
news for weekend 8/9th: 13 ringed plovers flew low over arlington during a rain front on the sat with the 2 rumpers seen early on sunday morn along with a flock of 12 dunlin and 3 ringed plovers which flew low over the water then NE. later in the day 300 swifts were at scotney with c.100 BHG's hawking low over the water, 2 separate pairs of marsh harriers were elsewhere and an oystercatcher flew N over shinewater!
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
the day started doing the usual lewes brooks, deans farm and then newhaven fort where 5 male wheatears were too good to resist so went back to get the camera. 2 ravens and a sedge warbler were seen there too. i then picked up some tasty grub from middle farm and headed to arlington. immediately there were 5 little gulls just off the dam but before i could scan the res a birder informed me he just found a bonapartes gull. being a little sceptical it was a few anxious seconds as i scanned the water and soon found the bird in question, a nice adult to boot. being the first confirmed bonapartes gull in the county since the pagham 2002 bird (which i missed due to living in oz) it was a pretty nice grip back. in all 38 little gulls were counted and at no point where there ever 60 as reported. also green sand and greenshank there.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
late news: a redhead goosander was at arlington y'day evening. sightings from the end of last month were a pair of med gulls, a pair of black-tailed godwits, egyptian goose and 6 white wags on lewes brooks with another white wag at shinewater 38 med gulls at northpoint.
Monday, 22 March 2010
At last! after a 2 month wait i can finally provide details of a colour ringed caspian gull found at brighton marina on 5 Jan. a yellow ring with black PAHP, it was ringed in a caspian gull colony in poland on 21 may 09 and has travelled 1384km. it was also seen in france prior to the marina but i dont have the details to hand.
late news: mist during the afternnon of the 19th produced my first wheatears of the year with 10 at the marina along with 2 chiffs. the following day pett pools held 83 ad LBBG's, various argies, a 'yellow legged' gull and a swallow.