Glaucous Gull at Alfriston

A first-winter Glaucous Gull photographed by Steve Dawson just south of Alfriston Church yesterday – photo on the SOS site.

An excellent inland record for Sussex (at a very similar time of year to the Firle record in 2007), and likely to have used (be using?) Arlington Reservoir to roost…

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Woodcock at Arlington?

From a moving car at dusk last night: a bulky, round-winged wader flying quickly across the road at Arlington village, towards the reservoir. Presumably a Woodcock.

A few minutes earlier, impressive numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks going to roost in Abbot’s Wood, near the Old Oak Tree.

If you’re still in need of a Nightingale….

… there was a very obliging bird still singing strongly last night (10.20 – 10.45pm), just south of Arlington village, right beside the road.

It was presumably one of the three heard during the Safari Britain evening last Thursday, from behind Arlington Church. It sounded like this (sorry for the lack of picture, but it was quite dark).

Earlier in the evening, one sang briefly beside the A27-Ripe road (about 1.5 miles north of Middle Farm), and a Lapwing was heard several times in the dark at Glynde Levels, as viewed from Ripe.

Garganey arrive

Garganey by ferran pestañaA day of Garganey action – an impressive three pairs reported with Teal on a farm pond near Arlington (Andrew Johnston, via SOS) but an extraordinary 26 reported flying past Seaford, amongst lots of other good stuff (Dick Gilmore, via SOS).

In the past few days, there have been significant first arrivals of summer migrants in the area. Over the weekend, Wheatears were reported several times, particularly from Newhaven Tidemills, with Firecrest in the lower Cuckmere Valley and an early Yellow Wagtail at Seaford golf course (Bob Self).

Meanwhile in Firle (where even British Coal Tits are rather unusual) a continental bird (Parus ater ater) was reported over the weekend, visiting Paul Stevens’ birdfeeder.

Image by Flickr user ferran pestaña

Arlington 20.09.08

Arlington Reservoir this morning between 9.30 and 10.45:

Black Tern 1
Wheatear 3
Sand Martin 2+
Grey Wagtail 1
Common Buzzard 1
Little Egret 1