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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More balcony birding

Some nice sightings from the balcony over the weekend. On Friday, a Green Woodpecker came right up close to the backdoor and it was lovely to see one so close up. Also, a male Reed Bunting briefly visited the feeders which I've never seen at this time of year before.

On Saturday, we were enjoying a coffee when
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Firecrest! I first heard it/saw it on 22nd June on my way back from the hairdressers. We heard it again Sunday (3rd July). Both times it was at the same location, along the path called Lovers Lane. It's the footpath that runs down the side of Redoaks from the Hooks down to the Tanyard Pond. (LM) 5th July 2022
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Red Kite and Green Woodpeckers

I was about to get into my car this morning when I saw a Red Kite flying over my house, I rushed back in to get my bins and went over the road to the green to get a better look, disturbing two Green Woodpeckers! (HH)

  2nd July 2022
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Balcony treat

A lovely surprise whilst having breakfast on the balcony this morning when we heard a Skylark in full song, which appeared to be coming from the field next to Sandy Lane. Great to hear and also brilliant that a development application has been refused four or five times for this site! (MR) 22nd June 2022
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Barn Owl

Yesterday morning, on my first walk since returning from the Welsh island of Skokholm, I saw a Barn Owl hunting over the field north of Chates at 10am. (VB) 22nd June 2022
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Breeding birds

Just a personal observation but it seems to have been quite a successful breeding year for some of our garden birds so far this year. Youngsters of four tit species, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed have all visited the feeders while young of Robin, Dunnock and Blackbird are scrabbling about at the bottom, picking
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Three years in a row

We have had a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in our garden over the last couple of days. This is the third year that we have seen one. Not sure if it's the same parents each year but it's good to know they are doing well! We have also seen the adults as well. (MD&HD) 22nd June 2022
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Swift update

Seven Swifts screaming round the house at 3pm with droppings and egg shells below two of our five boxes.  None peeking out yet.

There was also a Red Kite circling over the cemetery gradually thermalling upwards this afternoon. (SB) 16th June 2022
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Balcony birding again

Very nice entertaining coffee break on the balcony this morning. About 50-60 Herring Gulls had found a thermal just the other side of the back garden and was joined by a few Jackdaws and Carrion Crows while a Buzzard cruised disdainfully underneath them. Then we saw a Cuckoo flying swiftly across the back as
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There were seven Swifts screaming round our house yesterday evening at six o’lock with three of them entering three boxes in a row, one after the other. Two stayed but the third left after a minute or so, so there were five that continued to circulate. There have been a maximum of five birds on most days this week, on one occasion