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May 2015

Saturday, 16 May 2015

RSPB Coombes Valley reserve, path through bluebell wood

Arlington Bluebell Walk

Helen Coombes and her helpers raised £780 at this year's event with RSPB sales goods, even though the event was of a shorter duration this year. Pin badge sales raised a further £117.

Thanks to all who contributed.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

little egret, wading, water

April Birds in the Eastbourne Area

An exotic and unusual sighting was of five European bee eaters at Abbots Wood. Although a rare species here, bee eaters have in recent years bred as far north as Durham.

There were plenty of interesting birds in the English Channel. Ducks included both common and velvet scoter, red-breasted merganser, plus garganey at Cuckmere Haven. Black throated divers and Slavonian grebes were also seen. There were many little gull and a solitary Icelandic gull, and substantial numbers of migrating Arctic skuas with a few great skuas too. Common, Sandwich and arctic terns (plus two black terns) appeared off Splash Point. Among waders there was a good influx of whimbrel. Departing winter visitors included Brent geese.

Prominent coastal birds included great white and cattle egrets, and spoonbills. There was the expected arrival of swallows and house martins, and these included a red-rumped swallow, but we are still waiting for our first swift.

Among smaller birds there were ring ouzels, whinchat, yellow wagtail, hobby, spotted flycatcher and various warblers, while the smallest of all was a firecrest.

Sedley Underdown