Linnet, Stonechat and Lapwings on the Levels

A cool, clear morning, and a second visit of the autumn to Glynde Levels near Middle Farm.

As in early October, the variety of passerines was the highlight. Despite the stubble having been ploughed in, good numbers of Linnets remained (40+, probably many more), joined by many Chaffinches and a few Greenfinches and Goldfinches, which periodically harrassed a stationary (and apparently unfazable) Kestrel .

A couple of Stonechats nipped between hedgerow and reeds (as is their favourite occupation) and overhead there was a trickle of Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers and Skylarks – perhaps half a dozen of each. The mix of pasture, arable fields and big hedgerows looks very good for winter thrushes, but only a few were seen on this occasion.

Small numbers of Lapwings kept getting flushed – probably two groups of 14 and 8 – as well as several Stock Doves, and a Little Egret flew through in the direction of Ringmer.

Linnet 40+
Stonechat 2
Skylark c.4
Reed Bunting c.6
Yellowhammer c.6
Fieldfare 12
Redwing 6
Lapwing c.22
Little Egret 1
Stock Dove 4+
Chaffinch 20+

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