Spring birds

21/4/16  I went for an early evening walk on the 1066 path towards the A21. From the footbridge at the end of the diversion I watched a pair of Chiffchaff. One had nesting material in its bill. It looked very like dog hair plus a large white feather. The birds came together with lots of fluttering then parted & then repeated what I assume is courtship display.

In the next field I watched a pair of Coal Tits. They were next to each other preening. I was so engrossed in watching them I did not notice the four horses which were watching me. I returned to watch the Chiffchaff.

I returned to the road & crossed to the 1066 path towards Brede. In the field to the left of the path there is a flooded area. A sandpiper, probably a Green Sandpiper was bobbing & running along the water’s edge. This was the first sighting of this bird for me in Westfield. It flew off in the direction of Sedlescombe making its shrill cry. Moments later six Swallows flew by me. They swooped over the pond & then flew off towards Sprays Bridge. It was so good to hear their familiar twittering again.

When I returned home the Song Thrush which had been singing in a beech tree as I left was still in exactly the same position. It was still there when I put out the recycling bin at twilight.


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