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.

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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.

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Red Kite

A Red Kite was over West End this afternoon, as noted by two separate observers (RF/PC) 16th May 2022
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More House Martins

Six around the Hooks this morning (GS) 15th May 2022
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House Martins

I've just heard House Martins chattering, and then saw four flying over Fawn Rise! (HH)
15th May 2022
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Singing Sedge Warbler

A Sedge Warbler was singing and marking out its territory yesterday morning, in a meadow alongside the river south-west of Great Betley Farm. The first time, it would appear, of a possible breeding attempt by this species in this part of Levels. (PC) 15th May 2022
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Spotted Flycatcher

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen along the Mill Stream yesterday morning (Report from visiting birder) 15th May 2022
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Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove seen this afternoon in our garden at Small Dole. (AB) 15th May 2022
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House Martins

On our afternoon walk around the village yesterday, and the her early one today, it’s just been lovely to hear the chattering of House Martins again! (VPB) 15th May 2022
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Garden Bullfinch

A male Bullfinch flew into our apple tree this afternoon and started singing. The female joined him and I watched avidly to see what would occur....they just flew off!

A Swift flew purposely over our garden this morning making for the Swift boxes. He came, he saw....he flew away 😠. (DC)

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Nightingales again

Walked with a friend along the Mill Stream yesterday, had 4 singing males and noticed 2 birds at one spot, so there were at least 5 there. Also displaying Lapwing over the wet area, and a displaying Stonechat nearby. Yellowhammer heard too and seen sitting on a wire. Linnets, Lesser Whitethroats, Skylarks and Reed
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Garden Warbler

A Garden Warbler was singing down by the 'Tank Track' (the path from Adams Gardens to the river) yesterday morning. I've not heard one there before. (RF)

  1st May 2022
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Mill Stream

I went along Woods mill stream one afternoon this week (Friday) and recorded the following: 1 Whinchat, 3 Nightingales, 7 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Stonechats, 7 Swallows, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Linnets, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Little Egret, 3 Peacocks calling, 1 pair of Lapwings. (RI) 1st May 2022
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Lots of birds

Lots of birds singing, nest building and feeding young yesterday morning. Goldfinches, Chiffchaffs, a Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroats, Song Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits, Blackcaps and Nightingales along the Mill Stream and Stonechats, Reed Buntings, Wrens, Skylarks and Linnets in the fields beyond. A pair of Lapwing
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Chirping from one of our Swift boxes

Guess who has young ones! Yes you guessed, it’s the Starlings. They are red listed though, so glad they’ve been making good use of the nest box. (LS) 28th April 2022
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As I was sitting by the fishing lakes yesterday I could see the Canada Goose lying low on her nest I thought to myself that the eggs are due to hatch next week.  That is providing nothing untoward happens, there is still a group of up to nine Greylag and Canadian Geese hanging around the area, probably none breeding birds
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Woods Mill and stream

A short visit late afternoon produced a couple of Reed Warblers in the Woods Mill reserve. Both heard. One eventually seen in the depths of the reeds south of the Mill pond.

This year the pair of Mute Swans are nesting within the Mill Pond rather than by the footpath as previously.

Along the Mill Stream
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Green Woodpecker

A Green Woodpecker spent a lot of time this morning pecking away under my hornbeam tree in Fawn Rise

I went over to the Downslink via Parsonage farm entrance at about 6pm and heard part of a Nightingale's song coming from the bushes by the gate as I entered the path. (HH) 26th April 2022
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Downslink and Betley

Great views of a singing Nightingale on the Downslink north of Little Betley yesterday morning. On the river from Betley Bridge to Chates were four singing Whitethroats, whilst on the northern side of the tank track there was a female Mallard with six very young ducklings. (PC) 25th April 2022
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Lesser Whitethroats

First I’ve heard this year.  At least two along the Mill Stream track, then another to the north of the largest field, and one more on the way back via Lepride.  Two Nightingales heard briefly along the track too, Skylarks, Linnets, Whitethroats and Reed Buntings singing.  One Grey Heron on a nest the other side
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Down river yesterday morning

Reed Warbler singing in the bushes by the pond near New Inn farm. (RF) 22nd April 2022
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House Martin

A House Martin flew over the house this morning, first of the year for me! (MR) 21st April 2022
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There's a Nightingale singing away in the scrubby area behind Lower Station Road at the moment. Best listened to at night when all the lawnmowers, strimmers, chainsaws, tile cutters and sit-on-tractors which are the main songsters we can hear during the day here! (MR) 19th April 2022
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And Another Cuckoo....

And another Cuckoo at Park Farm this morning! (VB) 18th April 2022
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A Cuckoo calling this morning, south of West End Lane. (RF)

  18th April 2022
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Woods Mill

This morning lots of song from Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet while raptors were Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel and a few butterflies too including Orange-tip. (AK) 17th April 2022
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Woods Mill & my garden

I had a wander around Woods Mill last evening, and in addition to the Mute Swans, Coots and Moorhens, there was 'The Odd Couple'. A Canada Goose and a Greylag who appeared to have definitely formed a partnership. I failed to photograph them together largely because the Cob Swan was doing his best to get rid
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A touch of the Med

Blimey, coffee on the balcony this morning and a flock of gulls flew up from The Levels flying east. They were calling which revealed that they were Mediterranean Gulls, 19 of them! (MR) 17th April 2022