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Missed again

I am sure most people with bird feeders and bird tables are used to the local Sparrowhawks paying regular visits to their gardens. These raptors usually approach at high speed and if possible from a blind spot. In my garden the favoured approach is down the side alley, or unbelievably scything its way through several shrubs. Most of the attacks come to nothing and the hunters usually end up sitting around, and in this case looking behind as 30 House Sparrows ''blow raspberries'' from the nearby hedge.


Mediterranean Gulls

It's difficult to find a Mediterranean Gull in the RX area at this time of year, but during February they will become regular again. The recent rise and rise of this seabird in the RX area has been summarised in a paper in the 2011 Sussex Bird Report that was recently published by the Sussex Ornithological Society. You can read this paper online from the WildRye website – click here.  Better still you can join the Society here and get the whole report. (The photo above is a juvenile)


BTO bird ID

If the weather keeps you inside and you have time on your hands... then these video workshops may help when you can get outside again - click here.


Winter sunshine

When the sun eventually came through yesterday morning I was lucky enough to be at the hide at Castle Water and  for a brief time the whole place was bathed in an amazing golden light. The nearest reeds and roosting Teal looked fantastic. There have been huge numbers of Teal around the reserve over the past few days, at least 700 on Sunday.




Out on a walk across Walland Marsh yesterday I came across a field margin that had been heavily disturbed by mammals, with lines of rooting extending into the adjacent arable fields.  

Scattered across this area were footprints of wild boar.

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