Sunday, 6 September 2015

the last person in Sussex to see the Black Stork?

The Black Stork was first seen when I was in Indonesia (still a blog on that one owing). I tried when I got back but despite sitting it out from 09:00-16:30 it didn't show, although tales of it attacking fat-balls in a small back garden didn't really add to its appeal.  I then had a week in France with Megan (another post owing), getting back last evening to discover it was still around.  I wasn't sure if I was happy or disappointed, it is that sort of bird.  I gave Birling a couple of hours this morning, which was nice, and decided to go over.  Most sightings appeared to have been between 10 and 12.30 so I dragged myself away from Beachy and arrived at 09:40, to learn from Tony Cook and Garry Bagnell that it had flown over Little Common Rec at 09:15!  Fortunately, as by then I was feeling like the only person in Sussex not to have seen it, it was picked up at 10:18 circling above us to some considerable height before drifting off SW at about 10:25.  Perhaps not the best Black Stork to have seen but basically it is the only one that has been on offer in my lifetime ...

Black Stork over Little Common

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