A reely long walk

On Sunday we covered over 30 miles again, in the hope of catching up with Grasshopper Warbler, that had eluded us the previous weekend.  Leaving the house at 0145 might seem extreme, but if you want to catch the dawn chorus a long way from home it needs to be done.  We were rewarded by one bird showing well and reeling almost continuously, although drowned out by a very enthusiastic Sedge Warbler right next to us.  A cuckoo also showed off nicely.  Then on to Pulborough, where the Nightingales were excellent.  I’ve been pretty dismissive of Pulborough Brooks for Nightingale in the last few years, but this year they are superb.    Yet another failure with Adder, though.

Back at home the Slow Worm count has risen to 14 and we have added two Grass Snakes.

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There's a Gropper in there somewhere.
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A dodgy phonescoped shot.
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A Nightingale has a lot to say
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I'm a big hit with the girls