Thursday, 31 May 2012

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Tuesday, 29 May 2012



another vid, not today.

Sunday, 27 May 2012



we spent the best part of 11 and a half hours in the field but it was pretty hard work finding anything. we visited all of the usual sites and also combe haven. at arlington there were 2 dunlin early morning. this afternoon we found a wood sand and also heard 2 quails. one of these birds was calling from pretty low cover and we decided to at least have a go at seeing it. on reaching the field it gave a burst of song about twenty metres in front of us. we crept forward and suddenly saw the little bugger motionless on the edge of the field. it did slide off but we got onto it again and i managed to nail it calling. i dont expect to ever see one like this again. other vids show the bird better but this one has the song. the 2nd bird was calling in the distance.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

yday: an osprey flew over brighton in the morning.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

at least 20 red kites (including 2 groups of 5) and a hobby over brighton during the day.

Monday, 21 May 2012

a red kite flew east over brighton this anoon.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


















the wag from arlington and a slighty better turnstone pic. not today.
single osprey at the res this morning but no hoped for waders.

Saturday, 19 May 2012


















a turnstone, 2 ospreys and a distant fly over calidris wader  were at arlington this morning. there seems to be a fair few inland turnstones around the country today.  short eared owl beddingham, pair bearded tit eastbourne.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

pretty quiet at the res this evening with no rumpers just a single common sand, ringed plover (fly over), mute swan, pair of shoveler and a possible female white wag feeding 3 young. sometimes it looked fine, sometimes more like a pied, but it does possibly have a grey rump. present since the weekend. i then went down the cuckmere where there was a short eared owl over the scrape. the pair of egyptian geese with four chicks still at litlington.

Sunday, 13 May 2012



nice close views of the arlington osprey this anoon. a completely wasted opportunity. i didnt have my adapter for the scope so i had to hand hold the camera resulting in poor footage. some of the best views ive had at the res, it even dived twice, the 2nd occasion catching a fish and heading north but i couldnt locate it on the pylons.

Saturday, 12 May 2012


















few curlew sand pics from pevensey last weekend. a non breeding plumaged bird on the left. cheers chris! lovely flock.
















show no fear!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

pretty quiet at the res this evening with just a few common sands and a handful of swallows. in the cuckmere, now 5 avocets on the scrape and 5 barwits on the river.

Monday, 7 May 2012

make sure vids are set to 360p quality when watching on youtube.




the channel wag is from yday.
not really much to shout about today despite the conditions, there were migrants but not many goodies. the osprey was still at arlington early morning. 4 avocets were on the scrape in the cuckmere. also some crazy bug landed on the car roof. unfortunately, another dead sparrowhawk road kill was found at beachy head.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

all new pics are for yday.

today: 10 common sands arlington, 5 curlew sands pevensey levels, male channel wag and female blue headed wag at west rise.



Saturday, 5 May 2012

arlington this morning produced an osprey (which was also seen perched on the deck in a ploughed field), grey plover, blue headed wag and stacks of hirundines. a hobby and 6 greenshanks were on lewes brooks, a dead male sparrowhawk (road kill) was at newhaven along with a fine male whinchat. in the cuckmere were a few groups of barwits, 30 dunlin on the meanders and loads of hirundines which were just everywhere and a joy to watch. plenty of migrants around everywhere today. also a pair of egyptian geese with some chicks at litlington.

Thursday, 3 May 2012



i went straight from work in barcombe to lewes brooks where there didnt seem to be much in a quick scan. at arlington, there were 5 common sands and a female blue headed wag with the yellows. i then went down the cuckmere with the intention of finding a kp but came away with a temmincks stint. it was on the meanders and i managed to stalk it pretty well but by this time the light was fading. i carried on down to the scrape but found nothing. a nice evening.