A walk on Saturday morning from Littledene to Stump Bottom, returning via Blackcap Farm, was productive despite the strong winds and occasional showers.
At Littledene there were 2 Red-legged Patridges and halfway up the escarpment a couple of displaying Meadow Pipits, and the first of at least 18 singing Skylarks along the route.
Around the gorse at the top of the hill, a party of five Linnets, with a Chiffchaff and a Green Woodpecker calling from the valley below it.
Taking the footpath towards Denton, the area around the America Farm buildings was productive – a couple of partridges (species unknown) took off, there were five Stock Doves and a Corn Bunting flew over west – the only one all walk. A Buzzard cruised up the valley to the west.
The route across the open fields towards Denton was relatively birdless – more Skylarks, a few Herring Gulls and Pied Wagtails (migrants?) but little else. But dropping down into Stump Bottom, it got better – Dunnocks, Long-tailed Tits, and a Song Thrush and a resting Buzzard disturbed form the scrub. Moving along the path back towards Blackcap Farm there was party of six Linnets, a Goldfinch and a few Greenfinches , plus a second Chiffchaff.
At Blackcap Farm itself, a few Yellowhammers heard (the only ones on the whole walk) and some House Sparrows, and back to the escarpment above Firle, very little visible or making a noise in the strong NW wind, but six Buzzards up at once (five over Firle Plantation), and dropping back into Littledene, another Meadow Pipit displaying, a Stock Dove and a Jay.
Corn Bunting 1
Skylark 18+ singing, plus 6 other birds
Meadow Pipit 3 territorial, plus c.10 others
Red-legged Partridge 2+
Common Buzzard 6-8
Stock Dove 6+
Chaffinch ++ (everywhere)
House Sparrow 3+
Pied Wagtail c.6
Cormorant (flying over Glynde)
Mute Swans (seen near Ouse)