Burton Mill Pond, Graffham Common and Ambersham Common

A trip out in West Sussex this afternoon saw me stop first briefly at Burton Mill Pond where I noted Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe on a nest, 4 Reed Warblers and a couple of Bulfinch. 

Next stop was to a new site for me, Graffham Common. This is one of the Suseex Wildlife Trust's newest reserves and is still developing, but it's a fantastic heathland site. One of the first birds on the list was a Woodlark which flushed from the floor and perched in a tree next to the footpath. A Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, a Whitethroat and a Hobby were also noted. A hornet was patroling as were a few green butterflies which I'm assuming were Brimstone. 

On the way home I stopped at Ambersham Common which was fairly quiet although a Hobby was hunting near the car park, skillfully trying to catch what few insects there were around. 

Woodlark

Hobby



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