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!


Waxwing in Seaford

A Waxwing seen by Matt and Bob Eade in Seaford today, near Seaford Cemetery – the first local record for some time. There’s a record shot of the bird on the SOS site.

Another Waxwing was heard in Hove yesterday.

Also today, a Black Redstart seen again at Newhaven Tidemills (Paul James, also per SOS).

Long-eared Owl, Newhaven Tidemills

A Long-eared Owl at 7.45pm yesterday, around buildings at Newhaven Tidemills (Matt Eade, via SOS website).

Black Reds, Ouzel and Dartford + Cetti’s

Lots of late autumn migration this weekend. In our area, a couple of Black Redstarts at Newhaven Tidemills this morning (Jon Curson), a Ring Ouzel and a Dartford Warbler at Hope Gap (Mack Burnside).

Meanwhile, a count of 3-4 Cetti’s Warblers between Southease and Rodmell was notable, as was an upstream Rock Pipit (Liam and Jon Curson).

(both via SOS sightings)