Yesterday a quick trip to Fairlight, East Sussex, produced a couple of interesting things, after 43 years not seeing an Adder until last week, we saw another one yesterday.The highlight though was a Green Hairstreak, my first ever! On the bird front the highlight was a Raven along the cliffs. There were loads of Whitethroats including 1 Lesser Whitethroat and also a Cetti's Warbler sang when we had almost reached Hastings old town!
This morning was another guided walk morning, the car park was quite productive with a SWALLOW over, a confiding GOLDFINCH and a few other regulars. COMMON WHITETHROATS were in good supply and maybe 10 were seen, 3 types of geese wereseen which did include the BARNACLE GOOSE again. The Coot seems to have disappeared and we didn't even find a Moorhen! In the wood we added MARSH TIT calling, a COAL TIT sang and showed briefly as did a NUTHATCH eventually. By breakfast we had reached 42 species. A walk round the fields added a nice singing GARDEN WARBLER which again, eventually showed well. With the weather so nice and a really good group of people the birds weren't secondary but it would have been a nice walk whatever we had seen. We continued on and a YELLOWHAMMER posed as did several of the Whitethroats, after a look at the GREY HERONS, I spotted a HOBBY (93) which was catching insects in the distance, straight after this a NIGHTINGALE sung close by and the second CUCKOO of the day was heard. All in all a lovely morning ending on 49 species, although after everyone had gone I picked up 4 BUZZARDS in distance, shame I didn't find them earlier!
There was one thing we didn't see this morning which Stephen rang me with as we were going round, he had found the sites second ever Ring Ouzel!! while I was taking the group round, another one that has got away for me but fingers crossed there'll be more if there has been 2 already?? Unfortunately no pics today.