Documenting bird and general wildlife sightings within the Worthing area in West Sussex, covering sites such as Goring Gap, Cissbury Ring, Highdown Gardens, Ferring Rife, Worthing beach and Brooklands Park. Any other noteable sightings close-by will also get a mention...please e-mail any sightings and photos to us at email@example.com
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14th + 15th May 2018
15th May 2018 : Watched a Peregrine Falcon hunting over the Teville Gate site. It fell out of the sky in a characteristic stoop but pulled out at the last moment as a canny dove abruptly changed direction.
Also a total of seven individual Swifts. Two just South of Tarring Road and five over the Pavillion Road area where there were five last year for a number of weeks while I assume they were breeding. I did not identify a nest site then but I think it was just North of Jacob's Ladder.
Sadly it is many years since the swift nests in Pavilion Road disappeared PT
On the subject of Swifts - a pair was seen prospecting a site on Goring Road, whilst at least 5 birds were seen over Worthing train station/ Morrisons, with 2 birds in the Salvington Road area...all potential resident/breeding birds NB
14th May 2018 - Cissbury Ring :
Swallow (25 including one flock of 12), House Martin (8 in one flock), Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Bullfinch (male and female), Yellowhammer, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Starling, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven (1 moving West), Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (male and female), Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Herring Gull, Meadow Pipit,Skylark, Stonechat, Wood Pigeon
Botanical highlight was several patches of early purple orchids in the woods on the South side of the ring PT
GORING GAP : - Arrived at first light and was still beaten by the early dog walkers and plane flyers! Very overcast to start but mild with no breeze at all! Good number of Black-headed Gull headed inland from the beach, some settling in the nearby fields (204 counted). A Whinchat quickly gave itself up in the rough field at the south end of the gap but remained fairly elusive, as I approached the south-east corner the sound of a calling Yellow Wagtail had me looking to the skies and soon picked up a single bird heading SE. Then another single call initially threw me, my initial reaction was Ortolan Bunting...then it called again, I then picked the bird out in the gloom as it flew fairly low towards me calling a third time and continued east, calling once more before dissapearing over the plantation. I searched the area hoping it pitched down somewhere to no avail. I played some calls back just to confirm my initial hunch and reminding myself I was in Goring and not Cyprus where I use…
BROOKLANDS PARK : Star find and a good local rarity was found in the form of a Pallas's Warbler which was found early morning by Gareth and Paul James, the last time this species was recorded here was 19 years ago. The bird remained fairly elusive but gave itself up throughout the day, many Sussex birders made the journey to see this little gem. There was 2 Firecrest, c70 Goldcrest, 2 Redpoll and a Chiffchaff around too, so plenty of birds to search through. GJ/PJ/DKC/GDM/NB The following account describes the finding of the Pallas's Warbler:
Early morning on 10th November after a wet and windy night, PJ and I did a circuit of Brooklands Park. In addition to the large number of Goldcrests and the Chiffchaff mentioned above, we had seen 8 Teal, 2 Little Egrets and a single Grey Wagtail on the lagoon. On the way back to our cars, PJ had a brief glimpse of a warbler with a prominent supercilium and 2 wing bars which he suspected to be a Yellow-browed Warbler. It showed briefly a co…
GORING GAP : A beautiful autumn morning at the gap, with plenty of sunshine and a very light breeze made it perfect for passerine searching and we were rewarded with a Yellow-browed Warbler found initially by call in the middle plantation, the bird gave fleeting views as it spent most of its time high up in the canopy of sycamores and went silent for long periods. Whilst here, a Firecrest was heard but could not be seen, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, a Treecreeper and a Greater-spotted Woodpecker and 2 Jays showed well and a Siskin dropped in, whilst a single Chiffchaff was heard. The lower plantation had a influx of at least a dozen Chaffinch's that dropped in and were fairly vocal as was a calling Chiffchaff, whilst on the field just to the east of here, a good number of Pied Wagtails c 30, Golfinch c50 and a dozen Meadow Pipits were all feeding up on the dew covered grass, another 10 Goldfinch were seen flying high south and out to sea, whilst a single Swallow flew south east. NB/GJ/GDM