Golden Plover & Brent Geese

European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)A Golden Plover (or two?) heard from the garden this morning.

Surprisingly, this is the first I’ve recorded in Firle. A lone bird was recorded several times one winter in Alciston when we lived there – the mournfulness of the call seemed exacerbated by its lack of companions.

On 26 October, a party of around 40 Brent Geese flew SW over Place Farm – almost six years to the day after my one previous record.

Not far away at Rodmell, up to five Short-eared Owls have been drawing admirers over recent days. These increased visits by birders have also resulted in reports of Great Grey Shrike, Hen Harrier, Merlin and even a Stone Curlew.

It’s well worth a visit – I’ve posted a brief guide to the birds of Rodmell Brooks, which includes a map and access information.

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