1st December 2020

BOTOLPHS: Six RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in flooded opposite High Trees Car Park. Matt Palmer/Richard Ives

COOMBES: 12-13 RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew north-west over Coombes at 08:39am. Matt Palmer

GORING GAP: Single RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with two Brent Geese early afternoon. Clive Hope

WEST WORTHING: Probable Swallow seen over West Worthing beach. Emma Cameron

30th November 2020

COOMBES: Four RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (two adults and two 1w) were found today by Chris Corrigan at 12:15 near Coombes in the Adur Valley at TQ 197 075. Part of a wider influx into the county over the last couple of days. The birds were still present at 13:30 and showed reasonably well. They can be seen from either Coombes Road or parking at Cuckoo's Corner and walking to the river bank and looking west from there. It would appear that these birds are the first in the Worthing Uber Patch since two were seen flying west off Worthing Beach on 9th January 2009. Chris Corrigan, Bernie Forbes, Bridget, Gareth and Paul James, Alan Kitson.

Three of the four Russian White-fronted Geese (one adult and two 1w), Coombes (Gareth James)

GORING GAP: A Black-throated Diver west, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers and 10 Brent Geese. Garry Messenbird

WEST WORTHING: While washing up I clocked a female/1st-winter male Black Redstart on the rim of our koi pond just a few feet from the window! It stayed there a few moments as I scrambled for the nearest photographic device then flew to the fence before vanishing. My third ringing tick in the last two days came in the form of a Coal Tit. They often visit our neighbour's conifer and one has started visiting our revamped feeding station - it was a long time coming! I also caught a Wren and a Great Tit. A Grey Wagtail flew over again. David Campbell

29th November 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Kingfisher and Greenshank. Richard Fullbrook via SOS

CISSBURY RING:A good walk up to Cissbury this morning. Saw 4 Redwing on the way to Cissbury by Tenants Hill. At Cissbury it was fairly quiet. I watched a Red Kite fly over, a Kestrel flew low right past me, took me by surprise! Lots of Robins and Blackbirds and a beautiful Song Thrush singing for all to hear. Zoe Williams

HIGH SALVINGTON: Three Blackcaps. Lynda and Barrie via SOS

SHOREHAM: Two Mute Swans off beach. Richard Fullbrook via SOS

SHOREHAM HARBOUR: Two Purple Sandpipers and two Rock Pipits on the concrete boulders on the east side of the eastern harbour arm this afternoon, a Peregrine perched on the lighting gantry by the lockgates oblivious of the constant stream of people passing below, and a Kingfisher in the Lady Bee Marina. Paul and Bridget James

WEST WORTHING: Opening the net this morning produced two new in-the-hand species for the garden, Redwing and Goldcrest. A Jay was a noteworthy garden sighting, and a Grey Wagtail flew over.

I managed to sneak an hour at the end of the road, seeing four Red-throated Divers, 32 Red-breasted Mergansers, six Great Crested Grebes, 12 Sanderlings, an adult Mediterranean GullDavid Campbell

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Black Redstart at east end of car park. Richard Fullbrook via SOS

28th November 2020

CISSBURY RING: Big influx of Reed Buntings on Cissbury around Flint Mines - very mobile but must be at least 25-30. Chaffinches & Yellowhammers also increased & 15+ Redwing. Nick and Claire Oliver

GORING-BY-SEA: Nice flock of 15 Magpies in trees opposite my house, Goring-by-Sea this morning and 5 Long-tailed Tits in garden. John Feest via SOS

GORING GAP: An early evening stroll from the flat to Goring Gap produced a stunning sunset but the biggest surprise was when Sophie spotted a Bat Sp. foraging over the beach at sunset. I was really annoyed, I didn't have my detector with me which would've enabled identification, it certainly felt rare! Gareth James and Sophie Loydell

SALVINGTON: 2 Blackcaps on Half moon Lane. Also a couple of small groups of Redwings around the cemetery area. Nick Bond




27th November 2020

GORING GAP: A 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull was on the western field around mid-day before departing south out to sea. Garry Messenbird

26th November 2020

ANGMERING: Red Kite over A280 around lunchtime. Gareth James

ANGMERING PARK ESTATE: A circular loop around the woods and parts of downland produced a good selection of species. Highlights included: Two Stock Doves, a Sparrowhawk, eight Red Kites, four Buzzards, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Green Woodpeckers, two Kestrels, a Raven, two Coal Tits, two Marsh Tits, two Firecrests, 22 Goldcrests, a Chiffchaff, two Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, two Mistle Thrushes, two Song Thrushes, four Redwings, a Fieldfare, 25 Lesser Redpolls and 22 Siskins. Other sightings included a Greenfinch, five Red-legged Partridge, 36 Long-tailed Tits, four Meadow Pipits, four Chaffinches and a Brown Hare. Gareth James and George Kinnard

ROUNDSTONE FARM: c50 Rooks feeding in field next to A259. Gareth James

WIDEWATER LAGOON: A flock of about 30 Sanderlings flying rapidly west low over the tideline were my first of the winter. On the lagoon five Little Grebes, three Redshanks, two Turnstones, a Cormorant and a Grey Heron. A male Stonechat. There are always good numbers of House Sparrows here, a combination of sightings and twittering in the bushes at the west end suggesting a minimum of 50 birds today. Steve Gilbert via SOS

25th November 2020

ADUR ESTUARY: Mid-afternoon, there were two Grey Plovers, two Oystercatchers, 105 Lapwings, 19 Dunlin, 11 Redshank, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Great Black-backed Gulls, two Little Egrets and a Grey Wagtail. David Campbell. Also adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gull, Curlew, Kingfisher and Greenshank.

BROOKLANDS PARK: The drake Pochard was still on the lake. Two Chiffchaffs and eight Goldcrests were in the bushes. Two Little Grebes, five Teal and the family of Mute Swans were also present. I learned that the smallest cygnet, which I'd presumed to have perished, was actually taken into care and ended up being released in London. David Campbell

CLAPHAM WOODS: The highlights from a circular around the woods included a Firecrest, two Song Thrushes, eight Redwings, five Bullfinches, 11 Lesser Redpolls and a Siskin. Also noted was three Stock Doves, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, a Kestrel, five Jays and eight Goldcrests. Gareth and Paul James

PATCHING POND: 2 Coots and a Moorhen. Gareth and Paul James

(EAST OF) STEEP DOWN: 35 Corn Buntings, three Stonechats, two Redwings, 45 Meadow Pipits and 31 Skylarks.

WIDEWATER LAGOON: Red-breasted Merganser.