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March 2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Eastbourne Bird Summary for February

This month saw some interesting sightings. The rough-legged buzzard remained near Jevington for several weeks, but left after the farmer ploughed its favourite field! Urban birds are an added bonus, and this month there were two Egyptian Geese on Hampden Park lake. Elsewhere a Slavonian grebe was a welcome sight, although often elusive visitor to Arlington reservoir.

Sedley Underdown regularly patrols West Rise marsh, as part of his work with local schoolchildren, and a white fronted goose was there. So were five water pipits.

It is worth scanning gull flocks for something unusual and juvenile members of yellow legged, Caspian and glaucous gulls obliged with their presence.

A solitary Dartford warbler was spotted near Beachy Head, but star bird of the month was adjudged to be the great grey shrike at Charlston reedbeds.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Tree sparrow on twig

Pevensey Levels Tree Sparrow Project

With the breeding season 2015 about to start we are once again looking for volunteers to keep feeders at the Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve on Wartling Road topped up. The aim is to give the adults a secure source of food so that they can devote more of their energy to finding food for growing chicks. Hopefully the task should not be onerous as, depending on the number of people we get, it will likely only involve each person visiting once every three or four weeks.

Additionally this year we are looking for a couple of people to help out with checking nest boxes on site to monitor breeding success. This is a sensitive operation that has to be done very carefully to ensure that it is safe for the birds, however full training will be provided.

Anyone interested in helping with this project is invited to contact Dr Richard Black, Conservation Projects Officer at The RSPB South East England Regional Office on 01273 763609.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Report on Beached Birds

I would like to thank all of the volunteers that walked their section of the beach looking for dead sea birds in the last week of February. We covered the area between Newhaven and Bexhill missing out the area from Seaford Head to Holywell, Eastbourne. I am glad to report that no dead birds were found. In 2014 we found over 60.

Michael Light

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Bring and Buy Stall

The stall is doing very well. In fact most of the goods have been sold making over £120 so far. I could do with more goods however, so if you have anything you don't need any more, instead of taking it along to the charity shop, bring it along to the next indoor meeting and put it in the bring and buy box. I will try and make few pounds for the Group.

Michael Light

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Membership Renewal

Attending the April meeting to hear Peter Holden reveal the RSPB's Natural Secrets is the ideal time to renew your membership. You can also pick up your Spring Newsletter packed with interesting articles and our programme of events for the next 12 months, which covers a wide variety of talks, walks and reserve visits.