The Burgh and North Stoke

 With the Arun Valley still shrouded in fog I headed up to The Burgh. There were plenty of thrushes around with Redwing and Fieldfare heard overhead, and Blackbirds and Song Thrushes active around the wood. Skylarks were everywhere. The Ravens were about, but not here in the numbers seen a couple of months back. With a lot of cyclists around I headed down to the railway tunnel at North Stoke to see what was moving around. Here there were at least 6 Red Kites, one of which was sat in a tree calling for the entire hour I was there. A  striking pale Buzzard was perched in a tree, and a Kestrel was noted. A Cetti's Warbler was singing and Siskin, Linnet and Pied Wagtail were also recorded. Black-headed Gulls and Commons Gulls streamed overhead. The highlight, however, was watching a Stoat hunting. It darted around busily, leaping into rabbit holes trying to flush out its prey. It managed to drive one out, which it chased for a little while before giving up.

The Burgh

Red Kite

Red Kite

Buzzard

Common Gull

Stoat

Stoat

Stoat

Stoat








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