Tuesday, 27 December 2016


After missing out on a photo-op with the Selsey Serin earlier in the year I was keen to go for the one that had been at Tide Mills, Newhaven. Fortunately, I was lucky and saw it within 15 minutes of arriving on site, had to wait a bit longer for to get a picture though as it is quite flighty. Lovely male Serin, pleased I bothered to go into East Sussex again!

Serin video (short!), best in HD: Serin


Friday, 23 December 2016

Gallery of recent Birds

Scaup, Ivy Lake:

Black Swans, Ivy lake:

Long-tailed Duck, Ivy Lake:

1st winter drake Teal, Chalder Farm:

Rock Pipit, Medmerry beach:

Black Redstart, Coastguards:

Stonechat, Coastguards:

Scoter, west Selsey:

Cattle Egret, Warblington:

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Velvet Scoters, Knot, Scaup

Very pleased to catch up with at least six Velvet Scoters at Church Norton today, shame they were too distant for pictures, although I did put some on the selseybirder blog by Paul Evans if you want a look. Also 14 Red-throated Divers went west and there were 70+ Knot on the breakwater.

Yesterday the Scaup was on Ivy Lake again.


Common Gull:

Knot, Oystercatcher & Grey Plover at Church Norton:

Dunlin & Turnstone, ditto:

Rose-coloured Starling, WFG & Siberian Chiifchaff

Decided in the end to go for the Rose-coloured Starling in Crawley and it showed very well in the tree near no.10 Beachy Road. It's moulting fairly heavily and if it hangs around could turn into something pretty spectacular.

Rose-coloured Starling:

White-fronted Geese still at Amberley on the way back, couldn't find the Bean Goose though:

Grey Wagtail at Lidsey SF:

Siberian Chiffchaff, probable anyway, at Lidsey. All black bill, legs, very pale underneath, yellow/olive restricted to wing edge, prominent supercillium, brownish wash to cheek:

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bewick's Swans

The Bewick's Swans were back at Offham Farm a few days ago, showing well by the banks of the River Arun.

Bewick's Swans:

Desert Wheatear

Just in case you thought I hadn't been! Went to Norman's Bay for the DW on the 1st of December, nice bird and no harassment of it whilst I was there I'm pleased to say.

Desert Wheatear:

Video here: Desert Wheatear

Friday, 2 December 2016

Snow Bunting & Common Scoters

The Snow Bunting that has been reported at East Head for the last few days was still there today. Not much offshore though a distant diver sp. was more than likely the Black-throated Diver that has frequented the Chichester Channel recently. Offshore at Coastguards, two rafts of 23 & 27 Common Scoters.

Snow Bunting:

Common Scoter: