Lots of interesting cold-weather sightings over the past couple of days, with Fieldfares frozen out of their usual fields and trying the gardens, and Skylarks and Meadow Pipits moving overhead.
But star bird report is that of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, which was seen visiting the vicar’s bird table in Firle on Monday.
This is the first local sighting I’ve heard of for years. LSWs are now pretty scarce in Sussex, although Firle Park looks perfect for them. Does anyone else in Firle have a sparrow-sized black-and-white woodpecker visiting their feeder?
Funny how vicars always seem to get the best birds. There is, I believe, statistical evidence that Hoopoes prefer ecclesiastical lawns.