Over the couple of weeks…
The main arrival of Chiffchaffs appeared to take place on the 15th, when there were birds singing in the middle of the village and along Ripe Lane, near Middle Farm. Amazing how reliable these first migrants are.
On the same day, there was a female Grey Wagtail on the stream leading out of the Decoy Pond – just by the A27, at the junction with Wick Street.
Nuthatches were very vocal on Monday up the Old Coach Road, and a couple of early morning walks this week have confirmed that there is plenty of activity in the Firle Park heronry.
Early today a Great-spotted Woodpecker drummed close to the village car park (the same territory as last year), and a couple of Jays were heard moving noisily through gardens in The Dock. Their harsh calls could still be heard at dusk, cutting through the quiet of the evening in the centre of Firle.