North Stoke

A fantastic walk today around North Stoke, a route I've been wanting to do for a while, having done part of it last year when I walked around Arundel Park. From Amberley it took me up to North Stoke, through South Stoke and round back to Amberley following the River Arun. 44 avian species were recorded with the highlights being my first sighting of a Kingfisher for some time, my first Reed Warbler of the year that I saw and could thus confidently identify, innumerable Sedge Warblers close to Houghton Bridge, plenty of Whitethroats and a few Swallows. I'm sure I twice saw a Cuckoo in flight, but I'm not yet experienced enough to be confident and I didn't hear one today. Still no House Martins or Swifts yet this year. Lepidoptera seen were Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Common Blue (I think) and my first Speckled Wood of the year. I think I also heard a Shrew in some undergrowth.

Whitethroat

Swallow

Reed Warbler 

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