Storrington to Kithurst Hill and Hail's View

 Owing to car problems this morning I found myself walking from home to Kithurst Hill and back to Cootham, a route I did a few times at the beginning of the year. I recorded 44 species, despited sitting up Kithurst for an hour waiting for the thick fog to clear. I'm absolutely convinced I heard a Ring Ouzal along the footpath from Kithurst Lane, but I couldn't locate it in the trees. A few Siskin, Crossbill, Mistle Thrush, Redwing and Fieldfare came over Coldharbour. On Kithurst Hill I noted Red Kite, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, and a large flock of gulls, mainly Common Gulls. At the bottom of Kithurst by Paygate there were many Ravens, along Clay Lane there were Red-legged Partridge, and in with the pigs were Pied Wagtails and lots of Starling. 


Common Gull


Red-legged Partridge


Pied Wagtails

I popped into Hail's View in the afternoon and it was pretty quiet. Highlights were a tri-colour Marsh Harrier, a female Merlin and 4 late Swallows. 

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier


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