Bonaparte’s Gull at Arlington Reservoir

Adult summer Bonaparte’s Gull reported off the dam at Arlington Reservoir early afternoon (via Birdguides)


Easter Saturday update

A redhead Goosander reported again at Arlington Reservoir late afternoon (Jacob Everitt) – given their scarcity as winterers in Sussex, this is a fairly late bird.

In contrast, a Grasshopper Warbler found by Liam Curson at Seaford Head was ahead of the usual first date.

Meanwhile searches yesterday afternoon and this morning for yesterday’s reported Great White Egret at Glynde drew a blank – just a Peregrine and a singing Yellowhammer for me this morning.

More Garganey?

A pair of Garganey today, this time 1K North of Southease Bridge, on the West side of the river. The same as the two seen south of the bridge last week?

Also three Chiffchaffs there, and one at Arlington Reservoir, while 9 Purple Sandpipers remain at Newhaven Harbour, and a Black Redstart was seen at Splash Point, Seaford.

[sightings via SOS site and the Sussex Nature blog – see latter for pics]

Arlington Res.

Thanks to Bob Eade`s post on SOS sightings page regarding drake Goldeneye at Arlington Reservoir a couple of days ago prompted me to make an early morning visit today and fortunately one bird was still present and feeding close in to the dam at times, using the move when it dived approach  I was able to get  some pleasing  images.


Two Short-eared Owls at the Ouse Estuary Project, Newhaven yesterday afternoon. (Peter Wilson, per SOS sightings).

Also recently, up to four Goldeneye at Arlington Reservoir (along with double figures of Wigeon and Shoveler) and a (presumed escape) Swan Goose on Lewes Brooks.

Waders at Arlington Reservoir

A good day for waders at Arlington Reservoir – 4 Bar-tailed Godwits flew NE in the morning (Paul James), and late this afternoon there were three Greenshank, a Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper on site. (Matt Eade – both per SOS site)

Turtle Dove at Berwick Station

One or two Turtle Doves singing at the Old Brickyard, adjacent to Berwick train station, this morning. Also Bullfinch, Cuckoo, Reed Bunting and several Whitethroats and Blackcaps, but the Willow Warbler present last month wasn’t heard, and not so much as a sqeak from a Nightingale – has anyone heard them yet at this site this year?

Up the road, Ludlay Coppice was also Nightingale-free, but a Lesser Whitethroat sung opposite the entrance to the reservoir car park, and plenty of other woodland fare included Stock Doves, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Jay.

Given the clear skies, Arlington Reservoir seemed typically quiet – a brief visit yielded Cuckoo and Reed Warbler.