Blackcaps and Black Redstarts

An impressive count of six Blackcaps in a garden in Landport, Lewes (30 Dec, via SOS).

Today, two Black Redstarts at Newhaven Tidemills, on “the grey sheds near the east arm” of the harbour (via Birdguides).

Happy New Year!


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.

Arlington reservoir area

An afternoon walk aroundthe north side of the res. and down to the river and weir and back to the car park produced 6 warblers (Cetti’s,Willow,Chiffchaff,Common Whitethroat,Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap) 4 Common Buzzards and 2 Grey Wagtails .

Glynde Reach and Levels

Glynde Reach, from the bridge in Glynde, 4 Jan 2009No report of the Great Grey Shrike at Glynde Reach since Friday, but continued attention to the area has turned up some other good birds (if not all as remarkable as the Great White Egret on New Year’s Eve).

Today, Paul S and I saw a male Blackcap beside Glynde Bridge, and a Common Snipe and two pairs of Stonechats along the Reach (via Firle Birds).

Meanwhile, there were 60 Golden Plover and a Barn Owl seen on Glynde Levels by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps (via SOS site).