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).


Egyptian Goose etc

A walk along the river from South Heighton up past Piddinghoe this afternoon proved quite interesting.
Fourteen Greylag & two Canada Geese in field alongside Piddinghoe Pond were the first Geese I`ve seen in the valley this year,a drake Shoveler on the pond itself, a pair of Wigeon flushed from a section of the old river on the east side between the railway line and riverbank. Single Common Sandpiper along the river near the old boat house,Twenty three Fieldfare in treetops near Piddinghoe church,  thirty one Corn Buntings on bush tops out in fields & three Mistle Thrushes in Donkey field, on return walk a cronking Raven flew overhead and an Egyptian Goose flew past down river, I hoped it might settle on the pond but I couldn`t relocate it.

Caburn Raven and Glynde White-fronts

A walk between Lewes and Glynde today was almost birdless, but a Raven acrobatically outmanoeuvring the local Jackdaws was good.

On Glynde Levels, six White-fronted Geese were reported (Alan Kitson, SOS site) – presumably an augmented version of the party of five seen there and at Arlington Reservoir sporadically over the past three weeks.

Newhaven – Piddinghoe 14th Jan

A Common Sandpiper on the riverbank at Piddinghoe, Eight Corn Buntings on bushes nearby and a Grey Wagtail prospecting around a puddle on the lower path. High up on a pylon over towards Tarring Neville a pair of Ravens enjoying the afternoon sunshine.

Ravens at Lewes

Two Ravens over Lewes at 3.30pm.