Yellow Wagtails

There’s been some good migration through Sussex in recent days, including decent numbers of Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and Yellow Wagtails at Seaford and Beachy (not to mention a couple of Hoopoes in West Sussex – can we have a couple over this side please?)

I went up onto the escarpment mid-morning today with an unruly dog and a three-year-old in tow, not expecting to see much, but the numbers of Yellow Wagtails were impossible to miss.

At least fifteen, probably many more, passed over us in the course of an hour, and coming back to the car past a field of cows a single loose group of 15+ birds came noisily over us, close enough to see the colour without bins.

This is easily the most I’ve seen in one go in Firle, and the first since a single overhead during the spring.

There was also a Wheatear near the Beacon car park, and a few Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in the scrub, while yesterday afternoon a pair of Ravens were seen over the Plantation.


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