A walk with Paul up Glynde Reach, in the gloom of Saturday afternoon.
Apart from the clouds and the wind, the afternoon belonged to thrushes: at least ten Blackbirds in hawthorns by Glynde Station, and party after party of Redwings in the scrub along the Reach, vastly outnumbering the seven Fieldfares.
Apart from thrushes, passerines were fairly thinly spread: three or more Reed Buntings, just a couple of Meadow Pipits, and a few Pied Wagtails overhead. A probable chat (let’s call it a possible Red-flanked Bluetail) flew up from the reeds but headed off high.
Looking back towards Glyndebourne, we saw a Common Buzzard being hassled by a Sparrowhawk, then shortly afterwards four Buzzards soaring at the same time.
Up on the levels towards Ripe, some big flocks: one of mixed crows, another of Woodpigeons, and best of all one of around 200 Lapwings, busy getting panicked by anything and nothing.
As always the area looks full of potential; but a bit of luck may be required to pin down a harrier, Merlin or Short-eared Owl.