Latest Sightings in SussexEdit

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5th April 2014Edit

Single RED KITE seen just after midday in Cuckmere Valley drifting above the Byway (Old Coaching route) from Alfriston towards Berwick/Alciston/Firle; specifically in the area of the Comp Barn at the Alfriston end of the byway approx quarter mile from Winton Street.  Our third East Sussex Red Kite over last 3 years, but the first in Cuckmere Valley.

1st AugustEdit

PULBOROUGH RSPB Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and two Commons at Nettleys hide today

4th MayEdit

PULBOROUGH RSPB- Nightingales singing and showing pretty well at Pulborough Rspb, also Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, and a few Swifts.The Great Whie Egret now at  Waltham Brooks per SOS website. (bart ives)

25 AprilEdit

PORTSLADE - Marsh Harrier 1 male flying North over Victoria Road fairly low 15.00 (Jan Charteris)

'SOUTHWICK BEACH - 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 34 Turnstone,  1 Ringed Plover (Jan Charteris) ' 

22 & 23 AprilEdit

CHURCH NORTON: The Bonelli's Warbler still showing at the back of the hide and by the trees next to the feeder. (bart ives)

20/21 AprilEdit

'PAGHAM HARBOUR (RSPB), SIDLESHAM '- Long-eared owl hiding between bramble and gorse bushes in cycle path off the old tramway

BEACON HILL LNR ROTTINGDEAN- 1 Hobby, Peregrine, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and a surprise Nuthatch (Peter Whitcomb)

WARNINGCAMP - Glossy Ibis still by village sign between road and railway (via Birdguides)

19 AprilEdit

BEACHY HEAD, SHOOTERS BOTTOM - Stonechat, pair (male and female), Whitethroat pair, single Willow Warbler and three seperate Skylarks seen performing their display flight between 13.15-14.05 (Russell Brown)

SEAFORD HEAD- Male Pied Flycatcher at Harry's Bush (Liam Curson)

WALTHAM BROOKS Pair of Wheatears by the small wooden bridge but no RRS this afternoon. (Bart Ives)

WILDPARK LNR - Firecrest flitting through gorse (Peter Whitcomb)

18 AprilEdit

BRIGHTON - 1 Male  Pied Flycatcher still present at Dyke Road Park late morning but no further sign early evening (S. Palme)

SHOOTERS BOTTOM and COLDWALTHAM- Waited around 1 hour for the CORNCRAKE to show which it did when it flew right past us calling (added bonus!) and landed in the next section of gorse not to be seen again. 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap were feeding on the path. 1 RED-RUMPED SWALLOW showing well feeding at Coldwaltham on the main lake. Other Birds of note, 1 Common Swift (my first of the year). 1 Barn Owl hunting over the railway line and 20+ Swallow in which the Red-rumped Swallow was feeding with. (George Kinnard, Luke Dray and Harry Ramm)

17 AprilEdit

BRIGHTON - Dyke Road Park: 1 Pied Flycatcher (male); still present late afternoon (Sandra Palme)

BEACH HEAD, SHOOTERS BOTTOM - CORNCRAKE showing well at 19.50 (Jamie Wilkinson)

15 AprilEdit

ARLINGTON RESERVOIR: 1 Swift, numerous swallows but no martins on the west side of the reservoir near the fishermen's clubhouse. (Russell Brown)

SELSEY BILL- Highlights being 11 Velvet Scoter, 2-3 Great Northern Diver, (one coming in to summer plum) and 2 Slav grebes (Harry Ramm)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB- 1 Common Redstart, 3 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroatand 4 Common Whitethroat (Harry Ramm)

14 AprilEdit

CHURCH NORTON: 1 male Wheatear on the far right of the broken concrete sea wall. 1 Blackcap in the field behind the hide. Plenty of Swallows off the sea. (Bart Ives)

PORTSLADE DOWNS - 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting (incl one in full song), 1 Peregrine, 2 Common Buzzard, 14 Swallows, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Jan Charteris)

SOUTHWICK BEACH - 2 Little Terns east, 1 Shag east, 50+ Sandwich Terns, 13 Ringed Plover east, 14 Great Crested Grebe (Jan Charteris) 65+ Brent Geese east, 5 Common Scoter west (Jan Charteris/Jake Gearty)

11 AprilEdit

PAGHAM HARBOUR, NORTH WALL - 2 Garganey(a pair) on grassland at the back of Breech Pool around 10am (Sarah Russell)

PORTSLADE - 1 Firecrest showing well and constantly calling, 1 singing male Blackcap, both Victoria Park around 07.30 (Jan Charteris)

SELSEY BILL - 2 Wheatears on beach, 3 chiffchaffs in gardens, 3 goldcrests in gardens, 1 fulmar e (Sarah Russell)

SOUTHWICK BEACH - 1 summer plumage Slavonian Grebe, 9 Wheatear (2 m, 7f), c.180 Brent Geese in 2 flocks, 14+ adult Mediterranean Gulls in flock of gulls offshore before flying east, 14 Sandwich Tern (Jan Charteris)

10 AprilEdit

BEACHY HEAD- Male Ring Ouzel in Shooter's Bottom (Liam Curson, Jake Gearty and Barny Worsfold)

PORTSLADE - 1 Chiffchaff singing in Victoria Park 07.40 (Jan C

9 AprilEdit

SOUTHWICK BEACH - 2 SPOONBILL EAST ALONG COASTLINE PAST SOUTHWICK BEACH just before 6 P.M. - Should be passing Hove about 6 P.M. (via Jan Charteris). In addition to these today at Southwick Beach, 1 male White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear (2m, 2f), 1 fem Black Redstart, 1 adult summer Mediterranean Gull east overhead, 2 Chiffchaff feeding on beach (and another singing near Portslade Station), 54 Brent Geese east in 3 flocks, 70+ Sandwich Terns, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Common Scoter (Jan Charteris)

PEACEHAVEN - 2 SPOONBILL east past Peacehaven cliffs "some way out" at 6pm (per Gerald Millard)

PULBOROUGH BROOKS - 2 SPOONBILL reported briefly on South Brooks (time not provided but seems likely same birds as above - via SOS)

8 AprilEdit


BRIGHTON- A BLACK KITE flew NE over Stanmer Park early afternoon (per Rba)

7 AprilEdit

ARLINGTON RESERVOIR- drake Garganey among 300+ Teal in the middle of the water (Liam and Jon Curson)

EASTBOURNE WEST RISESpoonbill still present on pond left from main lake. (Per Rba)

SELSEY BILL AND SIDLESHAM QUAY- 2 Black-Throated Diver, 12 Red-Throated Diver2 Great Northern Diver all heading E. A unconfirmed report of a CATTLE EGRET sent us to Sidlesham Quay though no luck.

SPLASH POINT- Constant stream of Brents, Common Scoters and Red-throated Divers east. 6 Eider, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 18 Little Gulls from 06:50-09:10 (Liam Curson plus Jon Curson, Dick Gilmore, Bob Self, Ron Knight et al)

BEACHY HEAD- A STONE CURLEW present on Beachy Head but soon flew West. (per Rba)

6 AprilEdit

ARUNDEL WWT - GLOSSY IBIS reported again from Ramsar hide (birdguides) Also Goosander (single female went north) (Russ Tofts)

CUCKMERE HAVEN- Spoonbill still present, now on the scrape with 6 Avocet and 13 Black-tailed Godwit (per Jon Curson), Black-necked Grebe still present early am on the meanders (Nick Bond)

HOLLINGBURY WILD PARK - Red Kite east at 10.15am (Peter Whitcomb)

RUSTINGTON - 1 Slavonian Grebe offshore in full summer plumage

RYE HARBOUR - 1 KENTISH PLOVER - on flat beach mid-day, south of Lime Kiln cottage, opposite black hut with red roof (Nick Bond)

5 AprilEdit

CUCKMERE HAVENSpoonbill flew overhead, appeared to drop down N of A259 but could not be refound. Black-necked Grebe still on the Meanders, the Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape again. no sign of any Jack Snipe today. (Liam and Jon Curson)

4 AprilEdit

CUCKMERE HAVEN - Black-necked Grebe still present, 6 Avocet inc colour-ringed bird and 13 Black-tailed Godwit, on scrape, Jack Snipe flushed near scrape,  Firecrest, Willow Warbler. (Liam Curson)

3 AprilEdit

RYE HARBOUR- 1 KENTISH PLOVER still on pool opposite Lime Kiln Cottage at 11:20am, per RBA

2 April, TuesdayEdit

RYE HARBOUR-  2 KENTISH PLOVER reported present am. as per Barry Yates

RUSTINGTON BEACH- Red-Necked Grebe on sea in almost full breeding plumage. (Harry Ramm)

WARNHAM LNR - Jack Snipe showing well from Tern Hide late afternoon; also a Grey Wagtail (Sandra Palme & Neil Cheesman)

so far today but 1 Little Egret, 8 Mandarin, 3 Brambling (Jacob Everitt)

31 March, SundayEdit

ARUNDEL WWT - GLOSSY IBIS still present 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 (Per Bird Guids)

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)

HOLLINGBURY HILLFORT -  Red Kite east at (per Philip Thompson)

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 -5 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 Wheatear, Sandwich 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 Harrier, Buzzard 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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