Left the house this morning saying I wouldn’t be late back (I’m always late back) because there are no birds to distract me at this time of year.
While no longer rare here, to see one is still a pleasant surprise. This one was attended by two incredibly persistent crows (vel-crows?), as it sailed over Firle Plantation and then back across the track, disappearing out of view as it headed towards the village.
Between that point and Beanstalk, there were a few Bullfinch-y noises coming from the Pleasure Gardens (young birds?), a definite young Chiffchaff very close along the track (and a fleshy-legged counterpart that may have been a Willow Warbler) plus Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Meanwhile back in the village a Coal Tit has started singing again, after an absence of two months or so. Recently relieved of parental duties, perhaps?