Cattle Egret at Southease

After yesterday’s Crane, another good report for the lower Ouse – a Cattle Egret, seen from a train in fields south of Southease, and reported to Birdguides.

After a rash of records between Piddinghoe and Lewes in the last decade, this bird will, if confirmed, cement the area’s claim to be among the best in the UK for the species.


Liam Curson was the egret finder – eventual reward for having spent most of Saturday’s daylight hours in the field looking for Friday’s Crane.

Also of note, 4 Green Sandpipers, Chiffchaff, Peregrine and 1000+ Lapwings along Glynde Reach, with Common Sandpiper just south of Lewes. (all via SOS sightings)


Green Sand at Glynde

A Green Sandpiper at Glynde Reach, east of the Bridge last Thursday (Kevin Burns, via Firle Birds) – first record for the season.

Grey Partridge at Rodmell, Green Sand at Glynde

5 Grey Partridges reported amongst the usual birds on Saturday at Rodmell (david n james), and a Green Sandpiper at Glynde Reach on the same day, 300m east of the village (Sharifin Gardiner, both SOS recent sightings).

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).

Great White Egret

Great White Egret: “Going north-east from south of Lower Rise, over Beddingham bridge and appearing to land beyond in Glynde Reach area at 12.30” (Jeremy Patterson, via SOS)

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.

Glynde Reach in the gloom

Glynde Reach, looking to Laughton

A couple of hundreds Lapwings, lots of thrushes, 4+ Common Buzzards, Wigeon and Little Egret. Full report on Firle Birds.