|Grey Seal on Seaford beach|
|Sanderling under the basket at Splash Point, Seaford|
Tuesday 21 May. An evening visit to Graffham Common for my Woodcock survey produced another blank with distantly heard Cuckoo and Tawny Owl little consolation. Two blank visits are thankfully enough but not knowing when to quit, and finding Woodcock one of our most comical birds, I agreed to survey Lavington Common as i intended going there anyway.
Saturday 25 May. During five hours walking around the Knepp Estate as far as Knepp Mill Pond I saw 7 Buzzards, 3 Lapwing, 5 Stock Doves, 2 Cuckoos, Nightingale (plus 3 heard), Reed Warbler and 4 Garden Warblers. I had seen Turtle Dove and Spotted Flycatcher here in 2011 but sadly neither were evident today.
A pleasant still but not overly warm evening produced a brief Wood Lark, 3 singing Tree Pipits and 2 Yellowhammers on Lavington Plantation. Lavington Common didn't let me down with 10 Woodcock encounters during the 75 minute survey. In this time I also heard Cuckoo, at least 3 Tawny Owls and a brief and fairly distant Nightjar. Not to do better with the latter was disappointing but it was rather cold.