Waders at Rodmell, Woodcock in Firle

Sightings at Rodmell beginning to warm up… several reports via the SOS site in recent days, including those of 60+ Golden Plover with the increasing numbers of Lapwings, plus 20 Dunlin and Curlew, with small groups of buntings and Skylarks also noted.

Reflecting the influx elsewhere in the county, a Woodcock seen on Christmas Day in Firle, by Paul Stevens.

Seven sisters cliffs image by ben patio, reproduced under CC licence

Seven sisters image by Flickr user ben patio

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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).

Woodcock at Arlington?

From a moving car at dusk last night: a bulky, round-winged wader flying quickly across the road at Arlington village, towards the reservoir. Presumably a Woodcock.

A few minutes earlier, impressive numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks going to roost in Abbot’s Wood, near the Old Oak Tree.

Short-eared Owl at Bo Peep

A Short-eared Owl reported today by Barrie Norman at Bo Peep, Alciston (from Firle Birds).

Yesterday, a Woodcock at Frog Firle (Alfriston) seen by Bob Eade, who also had two Firecrests in his garden in Seaford (via SOS).