Cold is often the required condition for new birds at this time of year.
On Saturday, Liam and Jon Curson went looking for last weekend’s Rough-legged Buzzard at Glynde and came away with a Great Grey Shrike instead. This is, I think, about in the same spot as a shrike there three years ago (pictured, by Les Bird) and was still present today, just east of station, beside the Reach.
Yesterday, visiting shrike-appreciators included Alan Kitson, who also saw a Short-eared Owl flying high over the levels a little further up the Reach, plus two Green Sandpipers and a Kingfisher.
He then went on to Firle Park and found 700 Fieldfares. This is approximately 650 more than I’ve seen here all winter, but sure enough this morning there was evidence of the (presumably weather-induced) influx, with at least 100 knocking about.
More surprising though was the presence of a pair of Gadwall on the Decoy Pond – my first for Firle, alongside a Coot (only my second), with six Teal and a Green Sandpiper up the stream.
The tailless Herring Gull was back, on his own, on the Ram roof. Typically flighty (nothing like Brighton birds), he scarpered before I could get close enough for a picture.