Hen Harrier, Med Gull at Rodmell

An adult male Hen Harrier seen at Rodmell Brooks yesterday, giving “prolonged views” around the Mound around 3.30pm.

Also an adult Mediterranean Gull flew south with Black-headeds, and a Water Rail showed well in its favoured spot, the stream just down from Monk’s House car park. (all Simon Linington, SOS sightings).

Separately, a possible Cattle Egret reported “in field immediately south of Rodmell with sheep ” (Birdguides).


Woodcock, Goosander, Hen Harrier

A few wintry movers in recent days: Woodcocks seen in Newhaven and Seaford, and a Snipe at Firle village (see Firle Birds).

In the Ouse Valley, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a redhead Goosander seen yesterday by Alan Kitson (per SOS).

Male Hen Harrier, Ouse Valley

An adult male Hen Harrier reported yesterday between Southease and Lewes (Andy Wright and Jon Devito, via SOS sightings). Is this the same bird seen on and off throughout the winter (including up at Bo Peep in the autumn)? Also 70 Corn Buntings noted.

Floods early this week around the train track at Glynde disappeared quickly, but there’s a great deal of surface water on the levels nearer Lewes, and a lot of gulls using it.

Rodmell Brooks

Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. :- plenty of Corn Bunting, Redwing, Meadow Pipits and Yellow hammer around the stubble field and in the hawthorns on the north side of the path to the river.Also around Stonechat, Common Buzzard, Little Egret, Fieldfare and a not very showy ringtailed Hen Harrier a couple of hundred metres north over the reed beds.Still no Short Eared owls.

Harrier and Grey Partridge

Quarter of a mile south of Bo Peep car park a ringtail Hen Harrier quartering the game cover flushing two Grey Partridge (which was a pleasant surprise in this neck of the woods, first I’ve seen in this area for a year) – small flock of Linnet and a Kestrel late afternoon.

Hen Harrier @ Bo Peep 27.11.08

“This afternoon in the valley south of Bo Peep at least 3 Common Buzzards, possibly 5, a probable Merlin chasing the Finches and a superb ringtail Hen Harrier over the maize.” (Bob Eade, via SOS site)

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).