Some things beginning with Gr

A big surprise last Thursday morning, while walking the dog earlier than usual – a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, singing from the overgrown hedge between The Old Vicarage and Place Farm.

Predictably enough I couldn’t see it, but just to make sure it wasn’t tinnitus I took a recording – you can just make out the reeling sound towards the end:

That’s only the second Gropper I’ve come across in Firle. The previous one was scuttling around in a bramble up the escarpment in September 2006.

On Saturday the first pair of Swallows were back on territory at Place Farm, and nearby the first Common Whitethroat was in song.

And then, this morning, two more surprises beginning with ‘Gr’ at the Stew Ponds – a pair of noisy Greylags and a lone silent Green Sandpiper. I think both are my first sightings at the Stews for a couple of years, since before the restoration work there began. Here’s hoping they’ll stick around.

Red Kite sightings have been more frequent again recently in Firle and Glynde, and Paul S had one over Firle village today, as well as the first four House Martins of the spring.

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