Cuckoo, Willow Warbler etc

3/6/16 At 11.30 this morning, just as I climbed over the stile at Sprays Bridge to walk on the 1066 path towards the A21, I heard a Cuckoo. It sounded as if the bird was calling from the Brede area.

In the sky above Sprays Bridge I was so pleased to see Swifts & Swallows. Sadly I did not see any House Martins. There were also 4 Buzzards. I was aware of a scratchy call behind me & started to watch a pair of Whitethroat. They must have had a nest nearby as they regularly returned with a beak full of winged insects.

I watched a young Magpie being fed on the fence. The young bird looked so different from the adult as the youngster only had a short,stubby tail.

I then got a superb view of a Willow Warbler singing. At long last I can recognise the Willow Warbler’s song.

Just as I reached home there was a noisy squabble going on between a Magpie & Blackbirds. A baby Blackbird, barely able to fly, brushed past me. I could not intervene but I fear the Magpie was raiding the Blackbird’s nest.

Libby

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