Grey Partridge in ‘not locally extinct’ shocker

Had a nice surprise yesterday while driving between Glyndebourne and Ringmer – a Grey Partridge flying out in front of the car.

This is the first I’ve seen in the local area. There are fairly recent reports for the Downs just north of Seaford, and for Lewes Brooks, but I was beginning to wonder if we had any left closer to home.

To be honest, I don’t spend much time tramping around the higher parts of the downland itself, and I’ve probably overlooked a few – perhaps there are some more hanging around on Mount Caburn, behind Beddingham or up on Bo-Peep.

A little later that day, there was a good selection of warblers singing at the bridge in Glynde – my first Reed Warbler of the year, plus Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and what was probably a Garden Warbler.

Not too far away, some rare herons reported too – an elusive Purple Heron at Arlington Reservoir, and a Night Heron on Pevensey Levels.

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