The first Whitethroat’s alright

An early walk today, inspired by the fine weather (and an early-rising child, who attended happily in the backpack).

Finally, a Whitethroat, singing from wires over the Firle Bostal road just south of the village. We get so used to them (dare I admit, fed up with them?) before the summer’s out, but the first ones back are alway great to see.

Up the Old Coach Road, a male Bullfinch shared a bush with a vocal Blackcap near the back of the Pleasure Gardens.

At the crossroads a little further up, three or more likely four Great Spotted Woodpeckers were engaged in a heated exchange – two adult females causing most of the noise. Interestingly, back down at Place Farm, another two or three birds were chasing each other round too – I saw at least five different birds, and probably nine, in the hour I was out.

Three Swallows sailing around the farmyard at Place Farm were my first for the village this year, though presumably there have been some around for a few days now (as at Glynde).

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