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    Barn Owls In Sussex

    A few weeks ago I was privileged to witness a ringing session of Barn Owl chicks from a box where I work. We had 5 Owlets of various ages, it was very interesting watching the ringing process. The full story with a few bad phone pics and videos is on my Blog at the link...
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    Old Lodge, Ashdown Forest

    A walk around Old lodge this morning, a favourite haunt of mine in the spring, bit quieter this time of year but found a few Dartford Warblers in the heather and Gorse, the trick seems to be find a Stonechat a Dartford won't be far away!! Fuller account on my blog with a few pics as well...
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    Cissbury Ring

    Renewed my search for Ouzels on the South Downs today, no luck, but plenty of Farmland birds about, Corn Buntings galore, Goldfinches, Linnets, Chaffinch and a couple of Yellowhammers. Nice to see quite a few Common Gulls on the fields as well, 2 Red Kites seen as well as a couple of Buzzards...
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    Seaford Head in the Rain

    Fun, if you like getting soaked, morning on Seaford Head, spent half n hour trying to convince myself a Wheatear I found was something other than a Northern, finally decided it was a Northern, which any half decent birder would have decided in 2 minutes but I'm the king of wishful thinking, A...
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    Beachy Head

    Grey, still day at Beachy Head this morning, quite a few birds around but couldn't find anything that exciting, although a Merlin on the hunt is always good, Swallows and Housemartins by the 100s was also exciting as were a few Corn Buntings!! A few pics, including some of the Merlin, on my Blog...
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    Trying to Repair Tripod Connection

    Hi All I have an ATS 80 the thread on the tripod mount has broken, Swaro have sent me new inserts, but I can't get the old one out, much googling hasn't really helped anyone got any tips on how to remove it!! ?
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    Pin Mill

    Was a short visit, to the area and even when I lived in Suffolk not an area I'd visited before, although I used to visit the area around the Orwell Bridge quite often especially in the winter. This walk which follows the river seems to have great potential and will visit properly next time I'm...
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    RSPB Minsmere

    Went to Minsmere in Suffolk, last Thursday, quite quiet but a few good birds seen, Stone Curlew and Purple Sandpiper notable sightings and Millions of Dragonflies, seeing loads of Dragonflies everywhere I go at the moment, think they have had a good year. Didn't get the Bittern I was hoping for...
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    Rainham Marshes

    My birding last Wednesday would be more accurate, nice walk around the RSPB reserve, always surprises me how close it is to Central London and how remote it feels when you are there, was fairly quiet, though we got great views of a Bearded Tit and a Kestrel and a Yellow-legged Gull, pretending...
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    Gull Rainham Marshes 15/09/2021

    Hi I saw this Gull at Rainham Marshes today was thinking it might be a Yellow-legged Gull or a Lesser Black-backed Gull, much studying of the Collins,has me seeing a white belly and a bit of a pale window in the wings, but it may be wishful thinking, it usually is!
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    Pulborough Brooks

    A visit to Pulborough Brooks today, managed distant views of the reported Pec Sand thanks to the kind birder who let me look through his scope, mine has a problem with the Screw insert, it keeps falling off the Tripod awaiting a new insert!! Very nice walk all told, I think the Highlight was a...
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    Shrike Time

    Had a great morning at North Wall, Pagham Harbour today, fabulous views of the Red-backed Shrike that had been in the area for a while, a fine supporting cast of Cattle Egrets, Osprey, Spotted Redshank, Wheatears, Whinchats lots of Waders, including what I think is a Greenshank with a dodgy...
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    Another visit to Seaford Head

    Nice morning at Seaford Head and the Cuckmere today, fairly quiet with a few highlights!! Wheatears were fairly abundant as were Yellow Wagtails, had a Whinchat, Common Redstart and a few Warblers, Knot on the banks of the Cuckmere and a spiralling Sparrowhawk the best of it Report and many...
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    Wryneck at Church Norton

    Blooming windy at Church Norton this morning but eventually winkled out the reported, from yesterday, Wryneck. Little Stint and Spotted Redshank the other highlights of a difficult but entertaining morning!! Full report on the blog with some pictures at the link below...
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    Seaford Head Migration

    Quite a lot of evidence of Migration at Seaford Head, East Sussex today, 9 Whinchats were the best of it,quite a few Yellow Wagtails,Wheatears and Lesser Whitethroats as well, very enjoyable until the wind picked up!! Fuller account and a lot more pics on the Blog at the link below...
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    Pied Flycatcher, Southease to Newhaven

    We had a walk from Southease to Newhaven in East Sussex today,plenty of Wader action along the river, with Whimbrels and Common Sandpipers to the fore, a few Wheatears knocking about, but the highlight was a Pied Flycatcher, which with a bit of patience eventually gave us some decent photo ops...
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    Seaford Head wander!

    So went to Seaford Head this morning, bit of evidence of migration with Wheatears,Willow Warblers, Swallows and a few Meadow pipit, a few Waders on the river which I'm pretty sure are just Dunlin, and a Moth which I think is a Tiger Moth but could be wrong!! Any corrections of ID's on the Blog...
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    Windy Newhaven revisited

    We headed down to Newhaven today, always fun in the wind waves were spectacular and some nice Gull action as well, anyone who might have an ID on the first Gull pic, pretty sure it's just a Herring Gull but seems pale!! Lot more pics on the blog at the link below, although they are all crashing...
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    Visit to Knepp

    15 minutes from my house, yet I hardly ever go there,even though it's always good when I go:rolleyes: Loads of young birds around, good numbers of Common Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, Bullfinch and various Tits in large mobile flocks, great views of the Storks and close encounters with large farm...
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    Medmerry RSPB

    Visited the reserve at Medmerry today,loads of farmland birds about, Linnets,Goldfinches,Yellowhammers,Skylarks and Stonechats to the fore, Four Wood Sandpipers on the Stilt pool were nice, a bracing walk along the beach was also a highlight although disappointing to have to wear the winter coat...
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    Blooming Birds!!

    The Black-browed Albatross that has been at Bempton Cliffs for a while now was starting to tempt me big time! With reports all last week of the bird being seen regularly, I felt this weekend was the time to try for it! I've never seen an Albatross of any sort so was quite excited as we headed...
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    My Birding 15 minutes!!

    Was diligently doing some DIY today when I was rudely interrupted by 4 Red Kites flying low over the house ,doesn't take much to drag me away to be honest!! A very enjoyable 15 minutes running between the front door and the back door to try and get some pictures!! A brief blog post at the link...
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    Pratincole dipped with class!

    So went to Dungeness yesterday in an attempt to lay eyes on one of the Collared Pratincoles that have been there all week, of course they had decided to move on, but best part of 7hrs in the field produced some good stuff, including Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies, Yellow...
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    Woodland walk

    At The Mens Nature Reserve in West Sussex to be precise! A bit difficult to see birds as it is quite thick Woodland, but there were plenty singing. Saw both Goldcrest and Firecrest, several Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a family of Long-tailed Tits, the young-uns are quite cute, a very nice...
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    Songster at Seaford

    Nice visit to Seaford today, started at Splash Point but the Seawatch was soon kicked into touch, what was I thinking? Great views of Fulmars and Kittiwakes around the Cliffs and a Nightingale down Hope Gap at Seaford Head Nature Reserve was the best of it, though a few other bits and pieces...