After a blank year (for me) last year, 2008 is shaping up to be a much better year for Turtle Doves in Firle.
Yesterday during activities for Safari Britain, one was heard at the same spot as in early May, in Firle Place pleasure gardens, near the ‘crossroads’ along the Old Coach Road on the southern perimeter.
During the guided walk itself another bird purred briefly in the hedge near Tilton Bostal. Then today, one much closer to home: a bird singing out in the open from dead trees on the perimeter of Firle cricket ground. This bird was recorded from the garden, just after the rain finally abated – a migrant brought down by the rain, or a bird looking to set up territory?
Whatever, it’s my first seen from the garden and my first in the village itself. Also a couple of Bullfinches overhead yesterday.