Trip reports

Along the Cuckoo Trail from Polegate towards Eastbourne

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 18 February 2017

17 members came along on this gentle stroll on a nice sunny and warm morning, the best for quite a while. There were a few little birds flitting around the bushes by the houses mainly tits and house sparrows. By the first field a few goldfinches and long tailed tits (pictured) were seen, looking very colourful in amongst the pussy willow. We got to the pond for our coffee break and had a teal and coot on the water with a kestrel hovering above the members while having coffee on the benches. The greenfinches, skylark and song thrush were in song and a green woodpecker was seen.

We stopped and looked at the hazel for the female flowers and there were lots, as well as some lichen and our expert (one of our members) said that they are xanthoria (the yellow one) and everinia (the green one). Also we saw brimstone and red admiral butterflies.

On the way back a stonechat was seen on the brambles by the pond. In all 30 species were noted.

Michael Light