Short-toed Eagle – Gills Lap / Wrens Valley

Short-toed Eagle on Ashdown Forest, 15th June 2014We were glad to see that the Short-toed Eagle returned to Ashdown Forest for another tour around. A number of the group managed to see it, others unfortunately dipped, although there’s nothing to say it won’t hang around or come back again! At around 13:30 it was circling and looking for a meal over Gills Lap and Wrens Valley, then slowly it drifted over Old Lodge. It’s not every day the Forest gets (more…)

Trip Report – Dungeness, 31st May 2014

Bob P, Al, Martin and Sue met at the Reserve car park, to be greeted by a pair of very noisy common gulls on the roof of the Centre, behaving in a natural, if unseemly, manner. We were lucky to see a tree sparrow and a recently fledged young bird on the feeders, and while we drank our first cup of coffee, a Mediterranean gull flew over, calling. We’d seen lesser and greater black-backed gulls at Scotney (more…)

Buchan Park & Warnham NR – 13th April 2014

Shaun, Alan and Maureen, Martin, Carol and Rebecca, and Bob P and Sue met Alastair on a warm(ish) sunny day for a walk around Buchan Park, which five of us had never visited before. Alastair very kindly led us, and we were soon picking up most of the woodland species (robins and blue tits being very much in evidence), including blackcap, goldcrest, willow warbler and chiffchaff. As we approached the (more…)

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, 30th March 2014

Alan and Maureen, Bob P, Al, Sue and Shaun had an enjoyable walk round the Reserve on a day which started with us all feeling cold, and then having to peel off a few layers at lunchtime! There were plenty of birds about – including our first little ringed plover. A female goldeneye, many tufted duck, a pair of gadwall, some shoveler, mallard and teal were found, as were little and great crested grebe, (more…)

Records, records, records…

Yes it’s that time of year again when last years records need to be submitted to the SOS/BTO. If you have any outstanding records or queries you need answered before submission please get in touch or get cracking on the recording system!

Your deadline is 3rd February please. If you enter any records for 2013 after this date they will probably not be included in the submission.

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Parrot Crossbills in Old Lodge SWT Nature Reserve

Several members of the Ashdown Bird Group went in to Old Lodge to see the 9 Parrot Crossbills that have been showing well (although mobile) around the top and down towards the access road. We all had good views and Bob Pask managed to get some excellent pictures that you’ll find at the bottom of this post!

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News from the Forest Centre

A very badly dog injured and taken to the vet in Forest Row by one of our Rangers – a small ginger/tan cross breed with a white tip to the tail – NOT reported missing to the police or to the dog warden – please share widely and let’s hope we can find the owner. If you have any information please contact the Forest Centre (01342 823583), thank you.

Pulborough Brooks and the Burgh, 23.11.2013

Bob and Judy, Bob H, Martin J, Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob P and Sue met at the Reserve and Judy alerted us to a marsh tit on the feeders. A raven was cronking in the trees, and did several fly-bys. Walking down the slope, Martin found a male bullfinch, and there were fieldfares and redwings in the wood. All the usual small birds were seen or heard , including yellowhammer and redpoll.

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Out of Control Dogs

A lady rider had an unpleasant incident today where she and her horse were surrounded and intimidated by five barking dogs. Luckily her horse was well schooled and steady and she was able to leave the situation with safety. This is not the first time such an incident has happened with the same dogs. A child or a less experienced rider could have had a very nasty accident!

The dogs are a black Labrador, (more…)