|Red-breasted Flycatcher still pleasing the crowds (and me)|
|it wasn't keeping any stiller today, and the light was worse|
|Tawny Owl at Beachy|
|falconer and falcon - presumably the cause of much consternation amongst the corvid and gull flocks around Cornish Farm|
|perhaps closest to Lanner (I didn't get a clear view of it in flight) although hybrids are a possibility. I'm not sure if this is the bird flying rather more freely (despite radio antenna) a couple of times over the last four weeks|
Saturday 25th. Most of the day at Beachy with John King, John & David Cooper and Brenda Kay. We did our usual route starting at Birling, arriving at the Red-breasted Flycatcher when the crowd had dissipated somewhat and the sun was trying to come out. it was easily the day's highlight but we also saw 2-3 Merlins, Tawny Owl, 33 Sky Lark, Ring Ouzel, 3 Dartford Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Ravens, 12 Jays, 1230 Goldfinches and 15 Reed Buntings. I failed to see any hirundines (or Bramblings) and went on to try my luck at Crowlink. A Black Redstart made the visit worthwhile and I also saw 2 more Chiffchaffs, 3 more Goldcrests and 2 more Ravens. Light winds and some sunshine,along with the company and birds, made it a very enjoyable day .
|Red-breasted Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area at Beachy|
|the extent of red on the breast suggests it is in a least its third year|
|the white in the tail was much more obvious in flight|
|too often it sat partially obscured, or if in the open flew just as I found or focused on it in my telescope|
|police helicopter over the cliff edge at Belle Tout|
|Raven at Crowlink|
|Black Redstart on a roof in Crowlink|
|Goldcrest in fading light in Crowlink|
Friday 24th. A lunch-time visit to Beachy where the Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen in appalling conditions, my first adult male in Britain. A adult Mediterranean Gull was on Southwick Beach on my way home - the last time I'll be doing the journey in daylight for several months.
Thursday 23rd. Two Grey Wagtails over Stamner Park.
Wednesday 22nd. A adult Mediterranean Gull was on Southwick Beach on my way home.
Monday 20th. A Peregrine on Southwick Power station in the gloom on my way to work.
Sunday 19th. A morning walk around Cissbury with Megan was quiet with one Ring Ouzel glimpsed, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests and a Treecreeper. A low tide visit to the Adur in the afternoon produced a juvenile Brent Goose looking a bit lost, Kingfisher, Curlew and Mediterranean Gull.
|Toadstool at Cissbury|
|Brent Goose on the Adur|
|Kingfisher on the Adur|