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31 March, SundayEdit

ARUNDEL WWT - Glossy Ibis still this lunchtime from Ramsar Hide (Arundel WWT on twitter), no sign at 13:00 (per George Kinnard)

CUCKMERE - Black-necked Grebe still (Birdguides). Red Kite east over Cuckmere at 9am, presumed same bird as JC saw; few migrants on S'ford Head. (Matt Eade)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB Jack Snipe found by Nick Goulden from Winpenny Hide and still showing at 16:30 this afternoon (Jon Winder)

RYE HARBOUR - KENTISH PLOVER 1 still on pool nr Lime Kiln Cottage (Birdguides)

SEAFORD- Red Kite over (per Jon Curson), Willow Warbler and Firecrest around Blatchington Pond (Liam Curson)

SELSEY, EAST BEACH - Male Black Redstart in front graden, Marine Drive and male Wheatear still at kids' cycle track on seafront (been there since last Sunday) (Sarah Russell)

WARNHAM LNR - 1 Jack Snipe in front of the Tern hide this afternoon and showing well (Jake Everitt)

30 March, SaturdayEdit

ARUNDEL WWT - GLOSSY IBIS 1 this am from Lapwing Hide (P.Stevens Arundel WWT Twitter)

CUCKMERE HAVEN Black-necked Grebe still, 1 Spoonbill early am (Mick Davis)

RYE HARBOUR - KENTISH PLOVER 1 male still from Lime Kiln Cottage (Birdguides)

SELSEY BILL - Red-necked Grebe 1 bird offshore this am (Birdguides)

SHOREHAM HARBOUR - Black Redstart by Shoreham Sailing club, 5 Purple Sandpipers

29 March, FridayEdit

CUCKMERE HAVEN - Black-necked Grebe still present on the Meanders, also a Little Ringed Plover (per Jon Curson)

PETT LEVEL- Bittern, 6 White-fronted Geese still present. (Liam Curson, Jake Gearty and Jamie Wilkinson)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB - Garganey (5 drake, 2 duck) on North Brooks this morning plus 11 Ruff, 13 Dunlin and 4 Black-tailed Godwit. (Jon Winder)

RYE HARBOUR - KENTISH PLOVER still present this am (Ricky White via Brighton and Sussex birders Facebook page)i also saw the plover plus100+ sandwich terns (Paul Evans), no sign of the Kentish from 3.30-5.30, but 6 Ruff, 100 Brent Geese and at least 7 Yellow-legged Gulls on Camber Sands (Liam Curson, Jake Gearty and Jamie Wilkinson)

28 March, ThursdayEdit

ARLINGTON RES - 1 drake Garganey in the afternoon (Jake Everitt)

CLIMPING GAP - 2 male Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (all in horse paddocks and fields to the east of car park),  2 ad Med Gulls west (Nick Bond)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS - 3 Little-ringed Plovers from Westmead Hide (via Mick Davis)

RYE HARBOUR - One Kentish Plover still on the pool opposite Lime Kiln Cottage this morning; 2 males reported still via Twitter though mobile (via BirdGuides)

RYE HARBOUR- One of the two KENTISH PLOVERS (the ringed bird) was still showing opposite Lime Kiln cottage distant at first but came closer. Note both are VERY Mobile. 2 Male Wheatear, 200+ Sandwich Terns, 5 Med Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit also around the reserve. (George Kinnard)

SELSEY, WEST FIELDS (Caravan Park) - 1 male Black Redstart seen 1.15 p.m. close to Bun Leisure sea defence work (Sarah Russell)

27 March, WednesdayEdit

ALCISTON- male Hen Harrier seen flying accross the A27 near the Drusilla's roundabout (per Russell Brown)

BURY - Stone Curlew flew from an oilseed rape field at Bury Hill (via BirdGuides)

CUCKMERE HAVEN -Avocet and 8 Bar-tailed Godwit on scrape. 30 Dunlin along the river. 7 Pintail on the Meanders, where 1 Water Rail was heard. 17 Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Teal, 100 Wigeon. (Liam Curson)

HENFIELD LEVELS - at least two Garganey (1 drake) still on the levels east of Lee Farm (via BirdGuides)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS - 2 Little Ringed Plovers from West Mead Hide; the Spoonbill was seen flying south over the South Brooks at 10.30 am (per Nick Bond and Russ Tofts) Marsh Harrier (per Clive Hope), Wheatear (per Pete Hughes) Golden Plover (15 - 7 s/p) ( Russ Tofts)

RYE HARBOUR - two male KENTISH PLOVER still on the saltmarsh opposite Lime Kiln Cottage (via BirdGuides)

SPLASH POINT- 1st-summer male WheatearSandwich Tern E, Mute Swan o/s (Liam Curson)

PORTSLADE - Male Blackcap singing singing this morning in garden on Trafalgar Road, also single Chiffchaff calling (Jan-Paul Charteris)

WALTHAM BROOKS - Barn Owl (2), Peregrine (1), Meadow Pipit (100++), Marsh Harrier (1) (Russ Tofts)

WARNHAM NATURE RESERVE- A Mealy Redpoll seen from the Woodpecker Hide at 2pm (per Rba)

26th March, TuesdayEdit

ARUNDEL WWT - Great-crested Grebe (still 1), Peregrine(2 mating again) and Snipe(20+) (Russ Tofts)

BRIGHTON CITY CENTRE - 2 Peregrine, Sussex Heights (Jake Gearty).

GORING GAP -  48 Sandwich Tern,  6 Med Gulls and 3 Wheatear - birds dropping in all the time! (Nick Bond) Red Kite (per Clive Hope) Sanderling (75+), Red-breasted Merganser(50+) (Russ Tofts)

NEWHAVEN TIDE MILLS -the Barn Owl once again hunting the grassy fields between the Mill Creek and the railway line, at 17:40 (Liam Curson) 

PORTSLADE/SOUTHWICK BEACH - 37 Sandwich Tern (23 on beach, 14 past east), 7 Med Gulls (all adult summer in very large gathering on Common and Black-headed Gulls), one Rock Pipit, 24 Turnstone, 300+ Common Gulls. No sign for second day running of fem Black Redstart by Millionaires Mansions (Jan-Paul Charteris)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB- A SPOONBILL present at Pulborough Brooks seen from Nettleys Hide but all over North Brooks aswell. 4pm today. (per Luke Dray) (George Kinnard)

RYE HARBOUR - two KENTISH PLOVER still present; one opposite Lime Kiln Cottage and one on pools to the south (via Birdguides)

TELSCOMBE CLIFFS - Marsh HarrierBuzzard and Sparrowhawk (ca. 11 a.m.) (Barny Worsfold)

WARNHAM LNR - Water Rail and 3 Chiffchaff (via the Warden/Twitter)

25 March 2013, MondayEdit

NEWHAVEN TIDE MILLS - A Barn Owl hunting at TQ485004, the rough-grass fields immediately south of the railway line, at 17:15 (Liam Curson)

PORTSLADE- Around 20 Sandwich terns with several Med gulls gone to roost at beach just west of Millionaires Row, Hove (Dave Bodds.).

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