Crossbills & Firecrest

Mild with early rain this morning, and lots of birds out.

At the allotments, 20+ Mistle Thrushes flew over into the nature reserve, where they were soon spooked by a Sparrowhawk.

On the big ploughed field the Littledene side of the Bostal Road, lots of Rooks, Jackdaws, Herring and Black-headed Gulls, with a hard-to-count group of Skylarks (including one in full song).

The paddock that sits on the corner between Firle Bostal and Chalky Road has recently been fertilised, ploughed, and is a magnet for passerines. In one corner there were Chiffchaffs, Wrens, Chaffinches, Blue and Great Tits jumping out of the hedge to feed on the deck, with a few dozens Meadow Pipits and at least seven Pied Wagtails out in the open. The local male Kestrel was hunting low along the back hedge.

Overhead four Common Crossbills went south, my third record in Firle (and all since July this year). A Reed Bunting (locally scarce) went over too, as well frequent Siskins.

Yesterday, there was at least one Firecrest in trees opposite the Post Office, along with a very agitated Goldcrest.


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