Saturday, 22 October 2016

Ashdown Forest (22 October 2016)

Saturday 22nd. I was up too late to consider going to Beachy so tried the Old Airfield on Ashdown Forest instead. In three hours of wandering around the western valley I saw the Great Grey Shrike twice, very distantly and quite distantly, 3 Buzzards, 5 Stonechats, 43 Fieldfares, about 40 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Goldcrests, 5 Redpolls and 30+ Reed Buntings. Later, with Megan on a very sunny Mill Hill we saw single Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush and Chiffchaff. Text from DC of his second absolutely brilliant find of the autumn on Unst (Siberian Accentor, I'm now packing, but off to Ghana early tomorrow not Shetland.
quite distant Great Grey Shrike in Ashdown Forest

Friday 21st
. A short-notice dental appointment meant I didn't get further than the Adur, Megan and I walking around at high tide seeing just a Little Egret.

sunset on my way home on 20th

Wednesday 19th. An early visit to Mill Hill produced Buzzard, 6 Stock Doves, Peregrine, 2 Stonechats, Redwing, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Goldfinch. Later Megan and I walked the 'festival of fungi' trail at Pulborough seeing an impressive selection of well signed mushrooms and puffballs and from Hale's viewpoint the family of 4 White-fronted Geese. 
Chiffchaff on Mill Hill

mushrooms at Pulborough, they were labelled but I've forgotten their name
likewise this puffball

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