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.