Or: birds beginning with ‘w’. On one day in mid-April, two Willow Warblers sang in Firle village (behind the Ram and opposite the shop), but not since.
A paddock behind Place Farm held a Wheatear late one afternoon, the same day that Whitethroats suddenly materialised at the allotments and subsequently in almost every hedge along the A27 (wind down a window while stuck in traffic and hear their short, scratchy song).
A single Whimbrel flew over Firle Beacon early on 5th May, ‘whinnying’ as it went. A week later (spoiling the ‘w’ theme) I saw my first Swift over the house.
The nature reserve near Firle school is proving good for a variety of birdsong. It may be modest in size, but you stand a good chance of hearing Blackcap, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Nuthatch there. All of them should be vocal until at least mid-June.