Sunday, 30 October 2011





very quiet at sheepcote this morning so headed to arlington afterwards. ian found another caspian gull whilst i was looking for shorelarks on the spit. a great looking individual it stayed for about ten mins before flying off se. the glossy ibis was also seen at horse eye with a raven thrown in.

Saturday, 29 October 2011



a fairly quiet day overall with no hoped for rare wabs or issy shrikes. at sheepcote highlights were several groups of bullfinches flying n totalling 14. a very unusual bird here and possibly the first records since the humes. 4 meally redpolls feeding with goldfinches in the bmx track briefly were a first for sheepcote. still lots of reed buntings. the first two black reds of the autumn were at ovingdean and newhaven. at arlington a noisy mob of corvids put us onto a bird on the dam wall. it must of landed there whilst we were scoping the res. a bloody massive saker! a great bird.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

found another pallass warbler this afternoon, at seaford head in harrys bush. to be honest not that surprising given the conditions this morning. all i could muster at other sites were firecrests which were seen at every site tho very few chiffs.

Sunday, 23 October 2011



it doesnt quite give itself up but it does call a bit.
called it last nite and today found a pallass at sheepcote. initially in a small isolated tree amongst the long grass behind 'the crescent' it had possibly just arrived. it did show pretty well and was quite vocal at times. always great birds to find. a few firecrests, goldcrests and just a single chiff were also seen. pretty quiet elsewhere.

bird is in large crescent of trees on the hillside at the south end. park by the cafe and look across the cricket pitch and you'll see the crescent. bird was usually in the middle.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011





34 bonxies flew east past brighton between 7:20 and 10:15 and 2 close in poms were on the the drink before heading W. an avocet was then found at arlington and showed well.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

a yellow browed warbler was found this afternoon at harry's bush, seaford head.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

2 lapland buntings flew over the cuckmere this morning and a firecrest was at arlington.