Yesterday the Green Sandpiper, four Teal, a Heron and a couple of Moorhens were on the Decoy Pond and stream. The Long Pond had attracted a Cormorant, another couple of Moorhens and a couple of dozen Black-headed Gulls.
The woodland between the Long Pond and the Dock was alive with small things – Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits, Goldcrests and a party of four Greenfinches. (Snatches of what may be Firecrest continue to stop me in my tracks from time to time, but I haven’t had a definite record for over two weeks.)
The trees elsewhere in the Park had an array of birds – noisy Jays and Nuthatches, a dozen Fieldfares and a handful of Redwings, both Song and Mistle Thrushes in song (daily features at the moment), Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, and a charm of around a dozen Goldfinches – almost always around the crown of a big horse chestnut.
And the highlight of a trip to Abbot’s Wood near Hailsham this afternoon was a Stoat carrying prey and making a lot of noise as it skipped through the leaf litter. A Goldcrest and several Coal Tits were singing in the pines beside the car park, but there was no sign of the Redpolls or Bullfinches of last weekend.