Saturday, 27 March 2010

Dull day on the Downs

With strong NW winds for most of the day, it was never likely to be a fantastic day's birdwatching, and so it has turned out today.
On Bishopstone Golf Course, four singing Chiffchaffs, (presumably breeding birds), and a fly-over Bullfinch the best birds seen. In Greenway Bottom, there were two more Chiffchaffs, a Grey Partridge and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. Around Rachfinny Farm House, a flock of birds on the fields was made up of 50+ Linnets and 20+ Skylarks (the linnets being a year tick), while there was also a singing Corn Bunting (also a year tick). A few Red-legged Partridge also present in these areas, and a pair of Stonechats posed well in the scattered bushes at the foot of Camp Hill, where there were two more singing Chiffchaffs. On Cradle Hill, a roughly acre-sized patch of Wasteland held another pair of Corn Buntings,and there were three Red-legged Partrisdges.

The days total was
Chiffchaff-eight singing males
Grey partridge-one in Greenway  Bottom
Great Spotted Woodpecker-one drumming in Greenway Bottom (in wood opposite Blatchington Reservoir)
Linnet-50+ around Rachfinny Farm House
Skylark-20+ around Rachfinny Farm House
Corn Bunting-singing male at Rachfinny Farm House, pair in Cradle Valley
Red-legged Partridge-3 on Cradle Hill, 4 around Rachfinny Farm and Camp Hill
Stonechat-pair at foot of Camp Hill

I seemed to spend the whole time with my head stuck perpetually skywards, in the hope of finding an Alpine Swift, but alas I had no luck whatsoever.


  1. Hi Liam , good number of chiffchaffs seen / heard
    today , plus Grey partridge and corn bunting are always good to see these days .
    atb Rob

  2. Doesn't sound too dull to me - but I'm yet to see a Grey Partridge on our block of downland, so that would have been a local tick for me.

    For the first spring since living in Firle, we have a Corn Bunting or two singing on this side of the escarpment, right down towards the road. So good to hear.

  3. Malaysia & Singapore & brunei finest on the internet blogshop for wholesale
    & supply korean add-ons, accessories, earstuds, pendant, rings, hair,
    trinket & bracelet accessories. Deal 35 % wholesale price cut. Ship Worldwide
    Also see my web page > Vix etf

  4. I'm curious to find out what blog system you are working with? I'm having some minor security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find
    something more secure. Do you have any suggestions?
    Here is my web-site ... Oregon mortgage assistance

  5. I've been browsing online greater than 3 hours as of late, but I by no means found any interesting article like yours. It's pretty price
    enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made just
    right content as you probably did, the internet will likely be much more useful than ever before.
    Feel free to visit my web blog : Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Home Rentals


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...