Shorelark at Cuckmere Haven

Shorelark by Mick Davis (via SOS)

Shorelark by Mick Davis

Cuckmere Haven has had a very good autumn, with White Stork, Common Crane, Glossy Ibis and Spoonbill, and now a Shorelark, present since Sunday (17th) at the rivermouth.

Elsewhere, the adult Rose-coloured Starling remains at Newhaven Heights, and a Lapland Bunting was found inland at Five Lord’s Burgh (near Bo Peep, Alciston) by Alan Kitson over the weekend.

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All sorts at Cuckmere Haven

An extraordinary selection of good birds reported from Cuckmere Haven today by Liam Curson. They included two Little Ringed Plovers, a Water Pipit, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Black-necked Grebe and six White Wagtails, plus a smart Bar-headed Goose (picture of the last and further details over at SOS Sightings)

Ordinarily, any one of these might have been the highlight of a trip to the Lower Cuckmere…

Elsewhere, two Redstarts seen by Bob Eade at Frog Firle (between Seaford and Alfriston), as well as several Whitethroats, which seem to have arrived widely in Sussex over the last few days.

Yesterday a Red Kite was reported from the Downs near Berwick (John Bailey & Mack Burnside, via SOS), with presumably the same bird seen over Seaford (via Birdguides).

Eight Buzzards over Rodmell was a good count  (Sharifin Gardiner, SOS).

Avocet at Cuckmere Haven

Avocet Royal Mail stampAn Avocet seen on the scrape at Cuckmere Haven this afternoon, along with 60 Snipe and incredible count of 4,000 Great Black-backed Gulls in fields on the west side of the valley. (Bob Izzard, SOS sightings).

Yesterday, a Knot there, with five Brent Geese, Raven and Rock Pipit (Matt Eade, Sussex Birding)

Little Gull at Cuckmere Haven

A first-winter Little Gull at Cuckmere Haven scrape this morning (Matt Eade, via SOS)

Spoonbill at Cuckmere Haven

A Spoonbill seen this morning in the lower Cuckmere Valley, still present at 9.25 (Bob Self, Matt Eade and Richard Fairbanks, via SOS sightings)

Red-throated Diver at Arlington

A Red-throated Diver showing at Arlington Reservoir today (Alan Kitson and Miou Helps, SOS site).

Also, a few reports belatedly reproduced here: On New Year’s Eve, nine Waxwings were at Exceat (Karen Anne Cooper, via SOS) and a Little Gull at Cuckmere Haven on New Year’s Day (Joanne Chattaway, also SOS).

Yesterday, the Bearded Tits were seen again at the Ouse Estuary Project, by Paul James – for a full trip report see his new blog.

sightings 06/12/08

G.N.Diver Great northern Diver still present this morning on the scrape in the lower Cuckmere valley.
Large numbers of both Fieldfare and Redwing in the Southease station area this afternoon feeding on the abundant hawthorn berries available,both a male and female Sparrowhawk seen here too obviously looking to feast on a thrush supper. A Common Sandpiper near the railway bridge over Glynde reach.