1st August 2020

CISSBURY RING: An enjoyable session at Cissbury this morning with Pete and Val produced 44 species. The ringing was our best day so far this year in terms of number and variety. The highlights in the nets were a Spotted Flycatcher, a Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and four Garden Warblers, while Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff also featured in small numbers. A flock of 10 Crossbills flew over towards the end of the session but the highlight was a juvenile Cuckoo showing well on a nearby fenceline, guzzling a fair few big caterpillars. A Marsh Tit, three Yellowhammers, two Red Kites, two Ravens, 10 House Martins, seven Swallows, a Treecreeper and two Bullfinches were among other observations. David Campbell, Val Bentley and Pete Denyer
Other sightings here included a Wheatear and Silver-spotted Skipper. Andy Ashdown

Silver-spotted Skipper - Cissbury Ring (Andy Ashdown)

STEEP DOWN: 10 Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, a Raven, a Corn Bunting and three Stonechats. Bt

STEYNING RIFLE RANGE: A male PIED FLYCATCHER in hedge on south bank mid-morning. Also Spotted Flycatcher, Nightingale, two Grey Wagtails and three Marsh TitsSOS