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Monday, 25 September 2017

Seaford Head 25/9/17

An interesting evening on Seaford Head with lots of fly-catching Blackcaps in Hope Bottom, a single Spotted Flycatcher and my first group of Brent Geese heading west. A group of five Grey Herons were spotted at a very high altitude calling as they came from the north, circled above the headland (attracting another from the beach that soon joined the others) and were watched until lost to sight heading straight out to sea. Back at the car park a very large Bat flew over.

In Peacehaven tonight I heard a Common Sandpiper flying over.

a migrant flock of Grey Herons heading south

my first autumn group of migrating Brent Geese

Noctule Bat over Seaford Head - Many thanks to Chris Glanfield for the positive id. This species is classed as uncommon but widespread in Sussex. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Gibralter 24/9/17

Some superb views of mostly pale-morph Booted Eagles passing low over the airfield and towards the rock. At least 80 birds were counted in a 15 minute period including a group of 20. Also a couple of Yellow-legged Gulls were loafing about but little else in the short time on the ground.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Seaford Head, Peacehaven & Cuckmere Haven 23/9/17

This morning on the Head was dire and I soon became bored and went home. I chilled for the rest of the morning but soon became bored indoors so I walked the cliffs between Peacehaven and Newhaven, and although the birding was quiet, I was fortunate to spot a superb Convolvulus Hawk Moth in the short grass along the cliff top. I moved it to a safer position out of harms way. Previous to this I had received a phonecall from Tim Squire who had found a Grey Phalarope in the Cuckmere, and spent an enjoyable hour with the bird as it showed down to a few feet. I had joked with Tim earlier on in the day to find me a Red-necked Phalarope in the Cuckmere, so not a bad outcome.

Seaford Head:

Chiffchaff - 44
Grey Wagtail - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 4
Goldcrest - 15
Spotted Flycatcher - 1
Blackcap - 26
Whinchat - 1
Reed Bunting - 2
Whitethroat - 1

Cuckmere Haven:
Grey Phalarope
Wigeon - 8
Teal - 1
Tufted Duck - 1

Spotted Flycatcher by Harry's Bush

Convolvulus Hawk Moth at Peacehaven
the group of Wigeon to arrive in the Cuckmere

Grey Phalarope in the Cuckmere - the second in 11 days!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Seaford Head & Cuckmere Haven 22/9/17

The morning started off very well with plenty of birds moving overhead and Chiffchaffs moving inland, but everything came to a halt abruptly and from then on it was hard work. The Cuckmere was devoid of anything other then a lost Lapwing that soon departed west. Hirundines were very abundant throughout the morning. Despite lots of searching the birds aren't giving themselves up easily. Roll on tomorrow.......

Totals for Seaford Head are:

Yellow Wagtail - 45
Chiffchaff - 37
Goldcrest - 6
Reed Bunting - 6 over
Grey Wagtail - 5
Blackcap - 30
Whitethroat - 5
Sedge Warbler - 1
Wheatear - 2
Lesser Whitethroat - 1

Yellow Wagtails by South Hill Barn
Sedge Warbler in Hope Gap
Lapwing over the Cuckmere

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Local Stuff 21/9/17

I teamed up with Marc Read for most of the day and we concentrated on most of the local sites, but the strong southerly wind made birding hard work, and despite 7.5 hours in the field there was little to show for our efforts.
Sites visited were Seaford Head, Cuckmere Haven, Crowlink, Arlington Reservoir, Tide Mills and a half hour seawatch off from Peacehaven.

Highlights for the day are:

White Wagtail - 4 (Foxhole)
Redstart - 2
Little Stint - 3
Marsh Harrier
Merlin (Arlington)
Arctic Skua - 1
Common Scoter - 4

 Firecrest at Crowlink

 Redstart at Crowlink
 Marsh Harrier at Arlington
 Common Sandpiper at Arlington

 Little Stint at Arlington
Whinchat at Tide Mills

Monday, 18 September 2017

Cuckmere Haven 18/9/17

Up late today due to working late last night so the Cuckmere was the option of the day. Not too much about but a Knot on the meanders along with 9 Dunlin was nice. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was along the river. Work again this pm so regrettably no twitch to Norfolk today.

 Knot on the meanders
Lesser Black-backed Gull along the river

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Seaford Head 17/9/17

Unfortunately fog greeted my arrival on the Head this morning, and it stuck around until I had left. This obviously resulted in low numbers of grounded migrants and nothing moving overhead, though the odd flock of House Martins were heard moving over. With work later this was all I had time for today.

Totals are as follows:

Wheatear - 2
Goldcrest - 5
Whitethroat - 11
Reed Warbler - 2
Grey Wagtail - 1
Chiffchaff - 35
Blackcap - 36
Firecrest - 1

Stoat - 1