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January 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Adult and child birdwatching

Big Garden Birdwatch, Eastbourne

Come and join your local RSPB Group in this annual event (for the world's biggest wildlife survey) and you will be helping our work to ensure that birds and other wildlife are here for future generations to enjoy.

Join us by the café in Hampden Park at 09.45 on Sunday 28th January 2018 for a gentle walk around the lake and into the adjacent woodland to record the wildlife we see. Grid Ref. TQ 599016.

If you would prefer to stay at home and record the birds and wildlife in your garden, visit to get your FREE PACK.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

December Birds in and around Eastbourne

After many years of service, Sedley Underdown has stepped down from listing our local bird sightings, and Peter Denyer is our new bird recorder. Thanks to Sedley for all his past efforts.

Our unpredictable and often miserable winter weather does have the consolation that stormy winds and other weather systems bring some of our rarer birds, and last month was no exception. Inland sightings started with four hawfinches in Battle, and continued with a rough-legged buzzard at Pevensey Levels. Later this same area hosted a male hen harrier, while by 28th December there were two hen harriers, three marsh harriers, two whooper swans and a short-eared owl at Horse-Eye levels. In total six firecrests were seen inland, plus five hawfinches, a merlin (pictured) and a waxwing. There were also jack snipe and bearded tit found at West Rise marsh.

A black guillemot was sighted in Sovereign Harbour, and it remained there all month. In the sea nearby were a large flock of scoter and some brent geese. The Langney Point area also had velvet scoter, goosander and bizarrely a ring-necked parakeet. Not to be outdone Newhaven Harbour hosted great northern and red throated diver, together with a black necked grebe. Nearby there was a shag and an unusually late Sandwich tern. Meanwhile at Rye Harbour four ruddy shelduck appeared on the 15th December.

Gull sightings included glaucous, Icelandic, Caspian, Mediterranean and yellow legged. Besides many of these gulls, three barnacle geese were in the Cuckmere valley too.

Finally a sparrowhawk was observed hunting a woodcock at High and Over, the outcome was not known.

Ian Muldoon from notes by Peter Denyer