Canada Goose 2W
Shelduck 2 Newhaven
Common Gull c.35 Newhaven including
some fine ad. Summer
Mediterranean Gull 1 1st-w Newhaven. Virtually black legs. Two-toned bill being
slightly paler at base, dark mask, dark scapulars and tertials and black
Green Woodpecker 1
House Martin 2
White Wagtail 3 males Newhaven
Willow Warbler c.2
PENDULINE TIT 3 Coombe Haven - 2 males and a female, the female being
colour-ringed with a red ring on its left leg and a metal ring on its right.
Absolutely superb. Found by Kevin on call. Males with grey bills being pale
grey on lower mandible and fine whitish tip. Legs and eye black. Black
highwayman’s mask completely surrounded by soft whitish-grey crown, nape and
whitish throat. Mask bridged the base of the bill on the forecrown and bordered
with a narrow band of chestnut. Mantle a deep chestnut-rufous being noticeably
paler on the scapulars. Wing coverts a darker chestnut with pale tips forming
quite a broad greater covert bar. Secondaries and tertials black broadly
fringed an icy grey, likewise tail. Primaries with narrow icy grey fringes.
Breast on one male had some chestnut crescents (the other lacked such
crescents) becoming buff on the belly contrasting with white undertail coverts.
Female lacked the chestnut across the forehead and was slightly grayer-crowned
(not so white). The mantle was noticeably paler almost a pale brown. Seen
pulling white maggots from the reedmace. Would often sit motionless on the
reedmace. On one occasion all three flew into a tree and climbed quite high
before descending back into the reeds. Also seen in sallows. At least one of the
males was heard singing being a quiet tinkling song. They were heard to call on
several occasions, being a quiet ‘ts-iiii’ resembling at times a Greenfinch.
Sussex 331. First Spring records for the County. Colour ring per the
colour-ringing website appears to originate from south Sweden.