Huge congratulations to Tall Paul Stevens, who found five European Bee-eaters at Littledene, just West of Firle, this afternoon. I caught up with them just before 6pm, when 10 appeared over our heads before settling down around the trees at Preston House Farm.
We watched up to nine of them there for about an hour, settled on the branches and making sorties to catch bees, in the on-off evening sunshine. By 7pm, several Littledene locals and the first lot of visiting birders had seen them too, with many more connecting before the birds appeared to go to roost.
Ten Bee-eaters is exactly ten more than I’ve seen in Firle before, or for that matter in the UK. An extraordinary, unforgettable surprise.