Having failed last week in pinning down a Nightingale I was determined to give it a second attempt.
So having arrived at the reserve before official opening I walked down the zig-zag when a sudden burst of song announced I was in its territory. Sure enough, although initially well hidden, it obligingly dropped to the ground enabling a quick burst of photo action. It was not going to hang about and after a couple more exposures on a branch he was gone.
A short and sweet appearance ....
I was pleased but on visiting several other known locations and hearing four other Nightingales I had no further success.
Blackcaps were much in evidence....
A Wren was very vocal!
A Raven flew over croaking but it was the simple pleasure of watching a Song Thrush in the childrens play area, collecting worms gave me an opportunity of obtaining some reasonable photo shots of this declining species.
As I left, I watched several House Sparrows on the provided nest boxes and although still a reasonably common species, I have not had a single sighting in 4 years in my Aldwick garden.
A strange collection on what is normally a grassy field.