Bank Holiday birds

Everyone (in these parts anyway) got excited by the weather this weekend. The birds didn’t seem to mind it either.

On Saturday, a Red Kite was reported over Beddingham late morning (Tony Wilson, per SOS site).

Today, a Bee-Eater was reported flying over Southease (per Birdguides).

Not quite so exotic, but this afternoon a couple of Turtle Doves were singing around Firle – one at the south end of the Pleasure Gardens (heard from the Old Coach Road) and the other near the private road running between Firle Park and Beanstalk. Turtle Doves seem to be rather scarce in the area, so these purring arrivals were a nice surprise – let’s hope they stay.

Also three Buzzards were together over the village around lunchtime, and a Sparrowhawk nipped through the garden just before dusk.

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