Willow Warbler and more

8/5/16  I went for an evening walk on the 1066 path – Sprays Bridge towards the A21. I decided to wait on the path just before the footbridge at the end of the diversion. I got an excellent view of a single male Linnet on top of a tree.

A few moments later a small,yellowy bird popped up out of the undergrowth. It was a Willow Warbler. I recognised the bird by its song. It was so close to me that I could see its pale legs. I also saw a Treecreeper on the large Oak tree. It spent some time preening. I did not see Whitethroat or Blackcap which I normally see on this part of my walk.

I then crossed the road to the 1066 path which goes towards Brede. In the flooded area to the left of the first field a House Martin was collecting mud. This was my first sighting of a House Martin this year. A male Reed Bunting was perched on the dead tree in the pond in the field with the footpath.

Suddenly Swallows were flying low over the field. Much to my surprise they landed in a tree by the stream & started to preen. There were 11 birds. I wondered if they were new arrivals.

At deep twilight I sat in the garden & watched what I believe was a Pipistrelle bat.


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