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15th March 2011, Tuesday

Wintering Blackcaps – appeal for records

Looking at the BTO/SOS Winter Atlas distributions, I was surprised to find no records of Blackcaps for Rye Harbour, Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach during the 4 winter periods (Nov-Feb) from Nov 2007 to Feb 2011, despite the exceptional coverage. More widely, there are records from only 16 out of 70 local Sussex tetrads, from parts of St Leonards and Hastings, Westfield, Northiam, Fairlight, Pannel valley, Icklesham, Rye, Houghton Green, Peasmarsh and a farm north of Iden. That leaves a lot of other places (and gardens) in between. Each winter over 2006-09 the Sussex Bird Report shows about 70 sites, not all the same of course, so in 4 winters there must be reports from well over 100 places in Sussex. If anyone in locations not listed is certain they have seen a Blackcap in their garden, for example, I’d appreciate it if they could contact me on bonhams422@btinternet.com – thanks!

15th March 2011, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

Numbers of birds are going up daily now at Ternery Pool at least 70 Sandwich Tern, 115 Mediterranean and 1500 Black-headed Gulls have been present. Additional highlights have included 13 Avocet  on Harbour Farm Pools, 27 Redshank and 37 Knot on Falt Beach Quarry. At Castle Water 2 Black Redstart, Bittern and Barn Owl provided highlights at first light today before the fog thickened.

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New arrivals sent to us by Keith Gabriel

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