Hundreds of swifts overhead/passing through all day yesterday. This morning at 08.00, masses of swallows and house martins hawking over the flood (probably 1000 over the whole site) and still many swifts. Nightingales and song thrushes in good voice around the trail, just-fledged rooks in the tree tops above our brand new, 5-nest rookery, and a cuckoo calling somewhere out near the river bank. Hobbies have been seen over the last few days, at least one garden warbler has finally (!) arrived and lesser whitethroat can be heard from 2 or 3 places around the trail.
The huge amount of water coming onto the site in the last week has changed things dramatically. Yesterday evening, there were small parties or pairs of tufted ducks flying across the flood (normally a winter visitor) displaying great crested grebes on the south brooks (not normal for any time of the year!), and unprecedented numbers of herring and lesser black-backed gulls (at least 500 on the south brooks at Pulborough and a further 800 on the Amberley brooks). Water levels are now subsiding and we are hoping the weather calms down a bit to give the many ground nesting birds on site another chance.