Henfield - a great place for birds and people!


Welcome to the Henfield Birdwatch website. We are a group with an interest in birds and wildlife in general. We welcome people whatever their birding knowledge. We have group walks, talks, meet regularly for lunch and some people like to share their sightings online.

We aim to ensure that Henfield remains a great place for birds and some of our members like to become more involved by

  • regularly surveying and monitoring the local bird population and species
  • helping Henfield residents to be aware of our local birds and how to help them flourish

If this sounds interesting and you would like to join us you would be warmly welcomed.

Latest Sightings

Lots of Jays

Due to the lack of acorns this year, I have four Jays visiting daily for the peanuts. (PB) 6th December 2021
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First Reed Bunting of the winter

A female Reed Bunting popped in the garden this morning, the first of the winter. It is a week earlier than last year but about three weeks later than in 2019. Also a Song Thrush has appeared a couple of times recently as well after a couple of months absence, only to be aggressively chased away by
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Lunchtime walk

We took advantage of the lovely sunny weather today and took a short walk down the Downs Link to where the Mill Stream joins the link. We walked on the Levels parallel to the Link and just as we said this is an ideal habitat for Snipe, 2 of them suddenly exploded out the reeds right in front of us. A Kestrel hovered
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Red Kite

A beautiful Red Kite is circling over Red Oaks….the seagulls weren’t happy! (LT) 2nd December 2021
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Chilly but bright

A lovely day for a walk along the millstream to the Downslink, Stretham Bridge and back through the fields.  Fairly quiet to start with, very little noted.  There was a single Cormorant in the oak tree, but looked like an altercation was likely between some swans in the pond beneath.  I could see two adults with
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Woodcock in the garden

I surprised a Woodcock in the garden yesterday, feeding in a rough patch under the pergola, and this morning a Green Woodpecker spent some time digging out an ants’ nest in the grass. Two Greenfinches on the sunflower feeder all week and one Coal Tit, several Blue Tit's and Great Tits and a dozen House Sparrows,
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Water Pipit

A Water Pipit found on the Levels south of Rye Farm this morning. (DB)


Ed's note: This is only the eighth record of this species for Henfield. The first two were from 1983 and 1984 respectively, and then it wasn't until January 2020 that the next one was recorded, again on Rye Levels. The next five records,
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Waiting for the Reed Buntings

Last year the Reed Buntings returned to our garden on Dropping Holms in mid October but still no sign of them yet this year. It'll be interesting to see if the drop in temperature next week brings them in. The photograph is by Paula Blake

(Brian L) 20th November 2021
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Balcony birding.... again

Very enjoyable coffee on the balcony this morning as the skies above us were busy with birds flying over. A distant flock of 40 ducks emerged to be Wigeon as they got nearer, flying up from the Levels northward followed by another group of about 25. Next up flying right over the house was a mixed flock of
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Area Walk

Six proud walkers met yesterday morning for the area walk around The Levels. One of the first birds we heard was a Song Thrush tuning up, then a Goldcrest and Coal Tit were heard in the stretch just after the Cabin. We didn’t attempt the “limbo” path and fields which looked really difficult to navigate. However, we went