About Me

I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Monday, 29 December 2014

West Sussex Monday 29th December 2014

On a very cold and frosty morning 6 of us met at Arundel, first stop was at the Water Woods where we found a couple of Firecrests, Goldcrests, Marsh Tit and Coal Tit. From here we headed to
 Iping Common
 
 

Amoung the trees we found Reed Buntings, Gold and Chaffinches, a stunning Yellow Hammer,




On entering the clearing Simon found the Great Grey Shrike which gave great views through the scope


Great Grey Shrike

 
From here we went to West Dean Wood where the pair of Little Owls were out warming themselves.
 


Little Owls

A walk up to Monkton Farm produced the usual woodland birds, but back on the corner near Stapleash Farm after some waiting we had 6 Hawfinches.
 
Heading back to Arundel we called in to Barnham Brooks seeing the adult and 3 juvenile Whooper Swans, then at Arundel the Bewick and 3 Black Swans

Monday, 22 December 2014

A Good Weekend - 20th / 21st December and more SEOs

Saturday pm went over to Horse Eye Level for another look for the Richard's Pipit and dipped again.
However 4 SEOs and 2 Ringtail Hen Harriers kept me entertained till dusk but only 1 came close to photograph. 

 


Sunday morning a couple of hours spent on Walland Marsh saw 100's  of Fieldfares but very skittish and always silhouetted against the milky sun.
Fieldfare

My prime target was the Whooper Swan which I finally found in the flock of 28 Bewick Swans. Also of note were the 4 Tundra Bean Geese.

Herd of Bewick Swans, 4 Bean Geese (centre) and Whooper Swan (second from right) 
On Dengemarsh the 2 Cattle Egrets were close to the road by Wraxhalls, but 1 went behind the hay stack as I arrived
Cattle Egret
At Scotney I couldn't find the Scaup or Black-necked Grebes and the weather deteriorated, the feral Barnacles were close to the road
Barnacle Goose

Scotney Geese

Monday, 8 December 2014

More Short-eared Owls Sunday 7th December


My first visit to look for the Richards Pipit and dipped, but happy with the couple of Short-eared Owls keeping me interested.
 






One of two Short-eared Owls

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Burgh Sunday 30th November


A sunny visit to the Burgh after Short-eared Owls, sadly only 1was seen flying over the dew pond, plus a few Red Kites




Short-eared Owl

Red Kite