On the Redstart Trail

Looking at last year’s diary I came across an entry for a sunny day when Roz and I headed up to “Old Lodge” in the Ashdown Forest.

A fellow “birder” at Weirwood recommended it as a likely spot for Redstarts, which I hadn’t seen for years.

Yesterday I was back, but went even further this time around the entire perimeter. The last day of April yielded more Redstarts than I’ve seen in a lifetime, Whitethroat, and Stonechat amongst other things.

I also heard a Cuckoo, and Green Woodpecker but missed them.

Here’s my April 22 Bird List.

Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Brambling (female), Buzzard, Canada Geese, Chaffinch,Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Dunnock, Egyptian Goose, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Geese, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mandarin, Marsh Tit, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Peregrine Falcon, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Raven, Red Legged Partridge, Red Kite, Redstart, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Ring Neck Parakeet, Robin, Rooks, Shoveler, Skylark, Siskin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stonechat, Swallow, Teal, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer.

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