|Corn Bunting at Beachy|
Monday 17 April. A morning visit to Greatham with Cookie produced a Common Sandpiper on the river, Grey Wagtail carying food on the Sewage Works site and 4 Sand Martins, 6 Swallows and a decent selection of warblers including 2 Cetti's, Grasshopper and Sedge. A compact duck with a bright supercillium flew south making me think of Garganey for an instant, but it was a male Mandarin. We went on to Pulborough keeping ot the public footpath but heard no Nightingales despite lingering in a couple of areas where they have been in recent yerars. Still a bit early and perhaps too cold? I hope so. Later a Willow Warbler was in the garden.
|Stonechat at Greatham|
Sunday 16 April. Ruth and I took Cookie up to Old Lodge on Ashdown Forest and had a very enjoyable three hours seeing 2 Buzzards, Cuckoo, Wood Lark, 4 Swallows, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 male Redstarts, a pair of Stonechats, Dartford Warbler and a pair of Ravens. Two Stock Doves were on our bird table in the afternoon.
|Cuckoo at Old Lodge|
|male Redstart, always nice to see|