Monday, 21 September 2020


 A morning to wind down a bit and catch up around the house, though I spent quite a bit of the morning in the garden, where I caught three Chiffchaffs and overhead there was passage involving 35 Siskins, 40 Meadow Pipits, two Pied/White Wagtails and two Swallows. A Jay was a fairly unusual garden sighting.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Ashburnham Place and Shackleford

 Ringing at Ashburnham with Pete, accompanied by Christian and Adrian. Catches included my first ever Grey Wagtail ringed, a Swallow and a young male Great Spotted Woodpecker. Other birds noted included a redpoll overhead, a couple of Siskins, a Marsh Tit, a Firecrest, a Treecreeper, 60 Swallows and a few House Martins.

A return to Surrey in the evening saw an eventful evening at Shackleford, where the Short-toed Lark - Ed Stubbs's mindblowing find - showed nicely in its usual field, where a male Sparrowhawk shot through.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Worthing, Cissbury Ring and Adur Estuary

 Vismig from my garden in the first part of the morning produced two Ravens giving a cronk or two - a garden tick!, a late Swift, 240 Siskins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Yellow Wagtails, 37 Meadow Pipits, 35 House Martins, a Sand Martin and six Swallows. A Chiffchaff was in the garden.

 I met with up Paul Goodman at Cissbury Ring, where highlights included a Hobby, a male Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Mistle Thrush, 17 Siskins, a Grey Wagtail, 41 House Martins, 27 Swallows and a Red Kite.

A visit to the Adur Estuary in the late afteroon produced two Kingfishers, 17 Lapwings, four Redshanks, a Grey Wagtail, eight Swallows and a Little Egret.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Adur Estuary

I probably left it a bit late with the tide for some waders - it end up being a particularly high tide - but did see a Whimbrel, a Greenshank, three Snipe, two Ringed Plovers, 10 Oystercatchers, 30 Turnstones (mostly roosting on a boat), eight Dunlin and 36 Redshanks. Non-wader interest included two Yellow Wagtails on the main rec field with 20 Pied Wagtails, two unsettled Kingfishers, five Wigeon, four Teal, 17 Siskins and four Meadow Pipits overhead, 18 Swallows, a Sparrowhawk, 11 Little Egrets and four Grey Herons.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Devil's Dyke

An evening walk with Ingrid after dinner at the pub featured two Ravens, three Sand Martins through, three Meadow Pipits, and three Little Grebes quite a surprise on the pond, as well as our first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020


 I caught a Chiffchaff in the garden, where a Yellow Wagtail, 17 Siskins and eight Meadow Pipits flew over.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Cissbury Ring

The morning's ringing on the north scarp was quieter today, with Val, Finch and special guest Linda, mainly due to a drop in the number of Blackcaps. Our catch did have some good variety, though, kicking off with a Spotted Flycatcher, followed by our first Goldcrest of the autumn and finishing with six from the cloud of around 300 House Martins ending up in one of the nets. A redpoll sp flew over, along with 20 or so Siskins, at least 15 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails and a Raven. A Tawny Owl was vocal when we arrived.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Ferring Rife, Cissbury Ring and Worthing

 A very quick check of just a short section of Ferring Rife first thing produced two Yellow Wagtails, three Little Egrets and two Meadow Pipits.

I then spent the morning at Cissbury Ring where the highlight was swarming House Martins, including some landing in the bushes - overall there were well over 400. Another redpoll sp flew over and other highlights included five Redstarts, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, two Stonechats, two Marsh Tits, 60 Siskins, six Yellowhammers, two Skylarks, 20 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Swallows, a Sparrowhawk and five Jays.

At home in West Worthing, a Chiffchaff was around the garden and 40 Swallows were hawking overhead in the evening.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Cissbury Ring and Thorney Island

A busy ringing session at Cissbury with Val and Pete saw us process 116 birds, including seven Siskins, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Firecrest, 79 Blackcaps, two Bullfinches, a Magpie and 17 Chiffchaffs. A redpoll sp overhead was my first of the autumn and the true Siskin count was hard to estimate as flocks were stopping and moving through but was certainly over 150. A Grass Snake was a surprise along one of the paths. I also noted a Marsh Tit, two Ravens, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits, a few House Martins and Swallows, a Whitethroat, and a male Tawny Owl hooting just before dawn.

I dipped the Pallid Harrier again at Thorney Island in the late afternoon, noting a Greenshank, five Yellow Wagtails, a Kingfisher, a Sandwich Tern, a Curlew, 15 Lapwings, two Little Grebes, etc.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Thorney Island

After work I finally had an opportunity to head to Thorney Island for the Pallid Harrier, though still couldn't stay long. Infuriatingly, the bird was being watched by the crowd as I walked up to the bank but I couldn't get on it and it didn't reappear within the next hour, when I had to go. A Cattle Egret, a Greenshank, a Sandwich Tern, a Cetti's Warbler and gathering of Wigeon and Redshanks were the best on offer.