Monday, 31 December 2012

just couldnt be bothered to look for gulls this morning so had a walk up glynde reach. however, amongst a group of common gulls were several lbbgs and an ad caspian gull. few yellow legged gulls at the ouse project and cuckmere but nowt else. quiet at the res.

not been able to upload any pics to the blog recently but hopefully have it sorted soon.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

3rd winter caspian gull at west rise.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

2 caspian gulls, the slav and a sibe chiff at the res today. one 1st winter caspian gull still at west rise.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

the slav was still present at arlington this morning. as i was under the willows trying to get some video i heard some waxwings but couldnt get into the open quick enough to see them. at west rise, 2 1st winter caspian gulls were present and a bittern was seen nearby. north of exceat bridge, an ad and 3rd winter caspian gull were found and 15 waxwings flew over east. with just enough light to stop at the ouse project on the way home a further ad caspian gull was present but flew off on its own.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

a 1st winter caspian gull was at west rise this afternoon but flew off. north of the golden galleon, it was all back to normal with the lessers replaced by greaters and no caspian gulls.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

late posting for weekend:

sat: 11 caspian gulls, 3 at newhaven and 8 in the lbbg flock north of the golden galleon in the late afternoon. there was no duplication between the two sites due to plumage differences. i managed to video 9 individuals which are shown below, top 2 from newhaven. also around newhaven were about 40 argentatus.

sun: only had the morning out so headed to the golden galleon. as i got out the car a waxwing flew over west. in the flock i could only find 2 ad caspian gulls but up on the hillside another gull flock contained a lovely 2nd wint which was a new bird and the 12th in total for the weekend.











 















 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

theres a bittern vid on my youtube channel but its disappointing to say the least. a waxwing from the weekend.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

heading into seaford this morning, 10 waxwings were perched on the roadside at the ouse project before flying off towards newhaven. this afternoon, i twitched a bittern that jake had found at the res. this was brilliant record to say the least but things got even better when a second bird flew out from right underneath us. amazing stuff.

Friday, 7 December 2012

waxwing briefly at the bottom of freshfield road, brighton this morning.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

a waxwing flew over the hollingbury pub, roedale road, brighton this morning.

Monday, 26 November 2012

yday: 2nd winter caspian gull, ad argentatus and 3 yellow legged gulls at the res.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

an extremely flighty and mobile rock pipit was at the res this afternoon. i just couldnt get close to it. a water rail was also on the edge of the res itself by the hide. bloody hard work elsewhere with plenty of stuff overhead but nothing special.





Friday, 19 October 2012

about bloody time!! finally found a yellow browed warbler this morning, in rottingdean but despite showing reasonably well it quickly moved on. lots of goldcrests (with firecrests and chiffs) around everywhere today and with the weather it felt like something bigger was going to appear but despite a full day in the field it didnt. at the res, the slav grebe still off the dam early evening but annoyingly mostly asleep. some warbler grabs to follow.

Sunday, 14 October 2012



a delightful red breasted flycatcher was found this evening in ovingdean churchyard in the wood at the rear.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

















brent goose at the res around midday

Friday, 12 October 2012

yday: an intermediate long tailed tit was in gardens at ovingdean. it was just a bit darker on the head than the lower pic on the punks blog but still with a beady eye. flanks not as white either.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012
















yday: this shag was at brighton marina. heres the blurb:

 'Many thanks for submitting your shag sighting enquiry to the BTO. I can tell you that Red NUR was ringed as a chick on East Wideopens, the Farnes, Northumberland on 08/8/12. This was one of the very last chicks to be ringed this season and was one of a brood of two. The purpose of the colour ringing is to better understand the life history and movements of the shags from the North-east of England and Eastern Scotland with all colour ring reports, alive or dead of great value. Most shags stay to winter in the north east of the UK but every winter we receive reports of a few in the southern North Sea, however we have had very few shags wander west along the English Channel so a sighting at Brighton is of great interest'.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

update: todays jay tally: 191 including flock of 38.

2000 jackdaws flew over sheepcote this morning.  at ovingdean, approximately 100 blue tits (also great tits and a single goldcrest in the flocks) moved thru in various flock sizes, some high in the sky, 70 jays also flew over.

also this morning, dad had an ortolan bunting briefly just south of hollingbury camp.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

halfway along the road to the beacon this morning, 4 jays were flying west in the sky. this afternoon 2 flew north from hollingbury camp. a hobby was in ditchling. boring.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

17 jays (10, 6 and a single), flew over brighton marina this morning.

yesterday there was a large number of robins about with birds calling everywhere, even from the rocks at brighton marina in the evening. a jay flew over seaford head.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

















taken at castleshaw res, manchester. desperate times!

Sunday, 23 September 2012



at the res today in 2 visits there were 3 ringed plovers, 19 wigeon, 5 gadwall, some shovelers and a dunlin. in the cuckmere, a tawny pipit flew overhead very low down whilst i was on the hillside of the first 'sister'. i heard and saw it pretty much at the same time and i just about managed to get my camera out before it got too far away, you cant see it but for what its worth you can just hear two call notes. also an avocet on the scrape, ruff, greenshank and firecrest. i checked crowlink and holywell for yellow broweds but no luck. at seaford head there were loads of chiffs in hope gap and along the little egret roost trees but harrys bush was dead.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012






the dotterel and golden plover still at balsdean this evening. always a joy to watch, both showed down to a few feet. quality.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

















juv little gull at the res this afternoon then circled up high. also white wag. no sign of garganey.

yday: garganey at res in evening.

Sunday, 9 September 2012



















a confiding curlew sand was on the river cuckmere.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

yday: juv caspo at the res.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Monday, 27 August 2012


the wryneck still in the cuckmere on the east side feeding out on the riverbank path just beyond the steps that lead down to the scrape. actually some waders on the scrape with 6 knot, 2 common sands and some dunlin.  

Sunday, 26 August 2012



















3 black tailed godwits at arlington this morning, swimming in the middle of the res before flying off towards the cuckmere. at west rise, a single lesser emperor was showing extremely well whizzing around our heads but also resting for long periods out of the wind.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

a surprise at the res this morning was a juv kittiwake. more routine fare were 21 common sands, 2 green sands and 2 greenshank. at west rise, we spent a good deal of our time there looking thru the various dragons and as we walked up the west side of the lake ian found a lesser emperor! quality stuff. it was extremely mobile and often hunting over the pasture. about the 8th for sussex and personally my second after an individual at shinewater on 19 aug 2000 (found by ITB and also seen by KBG). a garganey there too. plenty of migrants around today at other sites but no goodies.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

4 black terns at arlington this evening.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

yday: few manxies heading west off the marina in the morning with a juv yellow legged gull and the first juv lesser black in the surf. arlington was quiet with just a single fly over dunlin.

Saturday, 14 July 2012















egyptian goose, kingfisher, greenshank and 42 black headed gulls (all ad except 1 juv) at the res this afternoon.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Sunday, 8 July 2012

an osprey was at arlington this afternoon. also a very distant dark pipit at the far end of the dam but with several groups of people walking ahead of me i could not find it again. i was hoping it would be last weeks rock pipit.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

a flock of 7 ad sum med gulls flew w past brighton marina this evening but no hoped for juv gulls.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012























this fasciated purple loose strife(?) was found  at work but unfortunately the stem broke. i replanted it in the garden so i can see what happens to it.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

male black red still singing this evening at shoreham power station.

sunday: yellow legged gull at arlington.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

21 scarlet tigers in a single garden in brighton this morning. i kept finding them and put them all together in the next door neighbours garden. no camera!!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Monday, 4 June 2012

41 lizard orchids were counted at camber this afternoon, my highest total for the site but no bee orchids.

Thursday, 31 May 2012