Friday, 30 April 2010
If anyone would like a copy of a trip report and a load more photos please just ask and i will be happy to send them to you.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and Adder at Seaford Head.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Most birds were distant, but the Terns were close with the undoubted highlight being the Black Tern with a small group of Common Terns. There were 4 Sussex yearticks and 3 UK yearticks bringing the former total to 174 and the latter total to 186.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Ring Ouzel at Hope Gap
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Hope Gap.
Next stop was Ferring to look for the Long-tailed Duck which had been present all week. This was my first free day and withthe pager news this morning coming though positive, i headed straight there after the 'Gap' and soon had great views on what is a really hard bird to get in Sussex, especially in this plumage. Also a flock of Whimbrel flew east along with 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Sandwich Tern.
I then went to Coldwaltham Brooks after and had some very close displaying Sedge Warblers. Whilst photographing these little beauties, the distinct reeling sound of a Grasshopper Warbler was picked up in a bramble bush five meters away from me. It soon showed itself, albeit briefly but out in the open and it was a lovely bird. I waited around for a long time but there was no further sign until late evening when a short burst of reeling was heard again. Also seen/heard were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Mandarin, 2 Egyptian Geese and a Water Rail.
A short visit to Pulborough Brooks afterwards resulted in 5 Sand Martins and a Nightingale was heard.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Around the golf course a Common Buzzard was being mobbed by Carrion Crows. It was viewed for a good five minutes before departing west at 06.50. This is only my second record for the patch.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
A bright(ish), calm morning still produced very little migrants as one would expect for this time of year. Around the golf course and cliff edge there was no sign of any activity, not even out at sea. In Hope Gap a few Chiffchaffs were flitting about, and then the excitement rose a few notches as I spotted a Treecreeper with buffish rear flanks at the top of Hope Gap.
I called over Marc and we both had brief views, so for the time being it was a Treecreeper sp. It then went very elusive and 10 minutes later we re-found it again, and i managed to get the worst possible photo ever which basically shows nothing excpet from a clean white front and buffish rear flanks. As i hunted round the bushes i got good enough views showing no white tips to the primaries; short bill; bronze zig-zag pattern on the wing bar and a short burst of call concluded the identification as a Common Treecreeper. However, this was still a patch tick and a good find due to the dense vegetation.
On the main reserve were 3 three Slavonian Grebes all in moult and a superb summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe was on Denge Marsh. On the viewpoint near Hookers Pit a male Bearded Tit showed superbly, only a few meters away and right out in the open filling the scope view. A Cetti's Warbler showed well and on the return trail 2 male Yellow Wagtails with Pied Wagtails. However, no sign of the reported Great White Egret.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Yellowhammer in Hope Gap
Monday, 5 April 2010
Whitethroat and Shelduck at Seaford Head
Saturday, 3 April 2010
I arrived shortly after 07.00 in ok conditions but the strong south-westerly wind left me with big doubts on whether or not i would see these very awkward to get birds. However the reedmace at the end of the willow trail nr the ARC hide was sheltered, and within five minutes of arrival, i had a quick glimpse of a PENDULINE TIT low down in the reedmace. I managed to get the scope on it and nailed my third lifer of the week.
In the 45 minutes i was there all three Penduline Tits showed extremely well and atleast one bird was in full song. They often just perched in the willow trees alongside the reedmace giving superb prolonged views.
Other bits and bobs from the ARC hide included two summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebes, five Goldeneye (inc. 1 drake), Swallows and a few Sand Martins.
I moved on to Pett Level and Pannel Valley afterwards but there wasn't much about. Plenty of Mediterranean Gulls were along Pannel Valley along with 2 Avocets, 4 Avocets were on Carter's Flood and two pairs of Little Grebes were defending territory whilst making an absolute racket, though very entertaining to watch.