Bignor Hill

There was just a single car parked up when I arrived at Bignor Hill this morning in glorious sunshine, and very few people were seen the whole trip. There was a chilly wind which perhaps was keeping many of the birds down, but singing Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and Yellowhammer were firsts on the list as I stepped out of the car. A male Kestrel was perched up in a tree and I later saw a female here too making begging calls as they both flew off together, an indication they are breeding. 3 Buzzards were noted on the walk up to the masts, and then a lone Peregrine was spotted gliding off into the distance, a first for me here. It was sad to see a huge hedgerow has been taken down and replaced with barbed wire fencing. I opted the for longer route today, and along the tree line a Firecrest was singing, and then another, presumably a female, joined it. A pair of Mistle Thrushes were feeding out in the field, and there was lots of Skylark song. Along the path by Great Bottom I noted singing Coal Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and another singing Firecrest. I think there was a Marsh Tit here too, but I couldn't be certain. Back at the car, Red Kite was the final addition to the list.

Coal Tit

Peregrine

Hedgerow replaced with fencing



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