Autumnal stuff

The best bit of the autumn, this. Migration action everywhere – Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs calling from many of the gardens (including the latter’s brief spells of song – an odd echo of spring, with pretty much only Robins bothering to hold territory at this time).

In Firle Park today a Wheatear darting through the sheep was the only unusual sighting. Swallows and House Martins were busy over the village, occasionally forming into large, loose gatherings and frequently bisected by Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails. The usual gathering of Pied Wagtails at Place Farm appears to be building up too.

No Grey Wagtails today, but they have become a frequent sight (and sound) over the rooftops of the village centre again recently.

No much to report from elsewhere nearby – I neglected to mention the sighting of a Montagu’s Harrier quartering fields near Firle Beacon in June (probably the same bird as had been seen at High and Over a few days before). More recently, a pair of Grey Partridge with one young offspring seen at Lewes Brooks is the only report I’ve heard about locally for years – good to hear there are still some about.

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