Late Osprey

A latish Osprey reported in the lower Cuckmere on Friday (23rd), by Mike Unwin (via SOS).

Today in Firle, both Swallow and Fieldfare near the Church.


Glossy Ibis in lower Cuckmere Valley

And as if by magic… a Glossy Ibis seen briefly around the lower Cuckmere Valley yesterday evening (Nick Pope, and Jon & Liam Curson, per SOS).

Osprey at Exceat, etc

View of Seven Sisters, taken 23 August by Flickr user MaxiRider Mark

View of Seven Sisters, taken 23 August by Flickr user MaxiRider <Mark>

An Osprey showing well from Exceat Bridge yesterday lunchtime (via Birdguides).

Also on Saturday, a Marsh Harrier and a Redstart at Lords Burgh (Alan Kitson, per SOS) and Redstart, Raven and 2 Spotted Flycatchers in Firle village (see Firle Birds).

There was fairly heavy warbler passage at Seaford Head, plus a squealing Water Rail on Seaford Head Golf Course and Tree Sparrow again (Liam Curson et al, via SOS)

Not far away, the juv Rose-coloured Starling showing for its second day at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton (see The Kemp Town Enclosures).

Little Gull, Cuckmere Valley

A nice semi-inland find: an adult Little Gull yesterday, on floodwaters between Exceat and High & Over (Jon Curson, via SOS).

The Glaucous Gull reported again today at Newhaven Harbour.

Grey geese influx

Three Tundra Bean Geese on Lewes Brooks (in an area with no public access) yesterday and today, five White-fronted Geese seen on Glynde Levels today, and two juv White-fronts reported amongst a mixed group of geese reported in the lower Cuckmere (all via SOS).

Elsewhere, an Eider at Arlington Reservoir on Boxing Day (see photo on SOS site) and the Bearded Tits still at the Ouse Estuary Project (along with a ringtail Hen Harrier).

Cuckmere counts + Hen Harrier @ Glynde

From Paul Stevens on Tuesday: Nothing unusual, but the west side of the lower Cuckmere Valley held 26 Curlew, 30 GBB Gulls, 80 Wigeon, 5 Redshank and 1 Kingfisher.

Today at Glynde, the first local Hen Harrier of the season, reported by James Grover (SOS sightings).

Yellow-browed Warbler, lower Cuckmere, 09.10.08

A Yellow-browed Warbler reported by Peter Martin at 10.45am this morning, about halfway between the Golden Galleon and the Coastguard Cottages.

For full details, including map, see report on the SOS website.

*UPDATE* Still present 1645 – 1715, 300m South of the Golden Galleon (Jon Curson, per SOS)