Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Cuckoo Trail from Polegate

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Setting off for this walk in heavy drizzle wasn't what the weather forecast had promised, but by the time I reached the start point in Levett Road, Polegate, it was easing. Ten minutes into the walk and the first sunbeams appeared which developed into blue sky and a very pleasant morning. Spring has surely arrived (I hope) with spring flowers, trees blossoming, birds buzzing around and the grey squirrels sharpening up their aerial tree top skills.

A reasonable total of 25 bird species were seen throughout the day. They were - blackbird, chaffinch, chiffchaff, crow, dunnock, feral pigeon, fieldfare, goldcrest, greenfinch (pictured), herring gull, jackdaw, jay, magpie, mallard, nuthatch, robin, rook, house sparrow, starling, blue tit, great tit, great spotted woodpecker, woodpigeon and wren. Highlight was probably the number of wrens seen, including one showing off his house building skills.

It was good to get out for a walk in splendid spring sunshine.

Tony Vass