Garganey & Diver

A pair of Garganey found on friday were still present this morning on floodwater between Piddinghoe & Southease viewed from the bridlepath just south of Deans Farm at TQ 428 035.

Late this afternoon a Red throated Diver on the river just north of  Piddinghoe at TQ 432 037.


Roundup, Valentine’s Day 2010

Common Crane, by Les Bird

The Common Crane still present and enjoyed by many today, around Durham Farm just south of Southease.

A new flight picture has been posted on the SOS sightings board.

Other local sightings today:

Two Red-necked Grebes off Peacehaven, with two Black Redstarts and a Rock Pipit there (Alan Kitson and Miou Helps, via SOS).

A Black-throated Diver, 7 Red-throated Divers and plenty of Gannets and auks moving off Splash Point, Seaford (Ewan Urquhart & John Reaney, also SOS).

Red-throated Diver at Arlington

A Red-throated Diver showing at Arlington Reservoir today (Alan Kitson and Miou Helps, SOS site).

Also, a few reports belatedly reproduced here: On New Year’s Eve, nine Waxwings were at Exceat (Karen Anne Cooper, via SOS) and a Little Gull at Cuckmere Haven on New Year’s Day (Joanne Chattaway, also SOS).

Yesterday, the Bearded Tits were seen again at the Ouse Estuary Project, by Paul James – for a full trip report see his new blog.


A few long-staying birds:

Four Bearded Tits remain on show at the Ouse Estuary Project.

The Great Northern Diver was reported again on Friday, on the scrape at Cuckmere Haven.

The Firecrest was seen again at Rodmell.

Also some good seabirds seen from Seaford on Friday by Bob Self:

“After a few utterly futile attempts to find anything on the sea at Splash Point recently, a two hour bitterly cold vigil in excellent light and wind conditons proved remarkably productive with one Black-throated Diver (briefly landed on the sea before going west at 10.40); one Great Northern Diver fairly close inshore going east (possibly two); 4 Red-throated Diver; 14 Diver sp.;12 Brent Geese; 11 Common Scoter; several Fulmar; one Auk sp. and 6 Gannets. In addition, on the beach beneath the cliffs at Splash Point I recorded an adult Yellow-legged Gull and what appeared (to my untutored eye) to be a recently deceased Dolphin around 70 cm in length.”