More Garganey?

A pair of Garganey today, this time 1K North of Southease Bridge, on the West side of the river. The same as the two seen south of the bridge last week?

Also three Chiffchaffs there, and one at Arlington Reservoir, while 9 Purple Sandpipers remain at Newhaven Harbour, and a Black Redstart was seen at Splash Point, Seaford.

[sightings via SOS site and the Sussex Nature blog – see latter for pics]


Garganey arrive

Garganey by ferran pestañaA day of Garganey action – an impressive three pairs reported with Teal on a farm pond near Arlington (Andrew Johnston, via SOS) but an extraordinary 26 reported flying past Seaford, amongst lots of other good stuff (Dick Gilmore, via SOS).

In the past few days, there have been significant first arrivals of summer migrants in the area. Over the weekend, Wheatears were reported several times, particularly from Newhaven Tidemills, with Firecrest in the lower Cuckmere Valley and an early Yellow Wagtail at Seaford golf course (Bob Self).

Meanwhile in Firle (where even British Coal Tits are rather unusual) a continental bird (Parus ater ater) was reported over the weekend, visiting Paul Stevens’ birdfeeder.

Image by Flickr user ferran pestaña

White-winged Gulls, Seaford and Newhaven

On Birdguides today, an Iceland Gull reported at Splash Point Seaford, and a Glaucous Gull reported from Newhaven.

Does anyone have any further details on these sightings?


Matt Eade posts on SOS:

A seawatch at Splash Point, Seaford this morning from 07.35 – 09.05 produced a Red-necked Grebe flying east at 07.39, then Steve Dawson arrived and we both had good views of an adult ICELAND GULL which was first seen at 07.54 flying in from the southwest, then landed on the sea for ten minutes and then headed off east.

Also that morning I had the 21 Waxwings again at Windmill Hill, and then the 2nd winter Glaucous Gull at Newhaven.


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.”

Shearwaters at Seaford 07.10.08

More good seawatching at Splash Point this morning: highlights being a Balearic Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater and 4 Manx Shearwaters, plus more skuas. (see SOS sightings for Matt Eade’s full report).

Thousands of Swallows at Seaford

Dick Jackson, per SOS sightings:

The birds were coming in off Seaford Bay and feeding on the hatch of flies along the cliff top. The bay was a mass of Swallows moving east. I could not accurately estimate a true number but it must have been thousands. Above Spash Point we were engulfed in the mass of Swallows, a truly marvellous experience. At 13.45 it was all over apart from a few stragglers. A remarkable event the like of which I cannot recall.