Richard Perry has had some good birds on his two patches in the West Chase during the early part of the month. Woodlarks were seen twice (singletons), and sixteen crossbills were a good find. There were two separate sightings of a female stonechat on the less wooded patch, and a pair of crossbills. Willow warbler numbers on both patches increased from one to six, and tree pipit numbers rose from three (more…)
This is an odd one – but there is a loose Rhea on the Forest. A Rhea is a large ostrich like bird standing about 6′ tall. It has escaped from a farm in Crowborough and has been seen at various locations across the Forest. It is not aggressive but it will startle you if you should come across it. Let us (the Forest Centre) know if you see it.
John K, Alan N, Peter J and Sue P arrived at Rye on a bright but cold and windy morning, to hear a mistle thrush singing in the trees by the car park. Walking out, we found lesser black backed gull, a handsome male reed bunting, plenty of linnets, and heard Med gulls overhead. Greater black backed gulls were roosting, and oystercatchers, redshanks, grey plover, dunlin, a bar tailed godwit, little ringed (more…)
SOS website reports: A single Common Snipe was drumming over Ashdown Forest today, just SW of the Lodge car park. Something neither of us had seen before, and weren’t expecting to see either! By Will Rawles & Luke Wallace
Original post on SOS website HERE.