Blackap, Siskin, Little Owl

A weird weather day. It looked still and dry just after dawn, so I went up to Firle Plantation to listen for songbirds; but by the time I’d arrived an icy wind had blown up, accompanied by rain.

Nevertheless, my first Firle Blackcap of the year was singing there, and on the track back down to the Old Coach Road I flushed a Little Owl and a Red-legged Partridge.

The weather had cheered up again by then, so I walked along the OCR to Beanstalk, seeing Nuthatches at close quarters. No Swallows yet around Beanstalk, but a Siskin flying East overhead.

Back through the Park, where some horsey-goings-on were accompanied by loud tanoy announcements and predictably few birds.

Over the walk as whole, at least 5 Chiffchaffs singing and three pairs of Long-tailed Tits.

Later on in the morning, another Siskin flying East over Lewes.

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