Clusters of nests are distributed at several points around the Antiente Towne and most are easily seen from public roads and footpaths. Together, they constitute the biggest rookery in Sussex, with about 350 nests. This morning, I counted a mere 326, but quite a few of these were in the very first stages of construction. New nests appear into April until unfolding leaves conceal latecomers.
Probably the best way to enjoy this spectacle is from the footpath which runs along the E side of the Royal Military Canal. You can see well from this distance but don’t disturb the birds and are free from traffic noise. In addition, there are birds along the canal - this morning Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and a parachuting Meadow Pipit.
There is plenty of natural noise. Rooks of course, hoarse but sociable, Jackdaws and the usual contingent of small songbirds, their chorus bouncing off the sunny slope where Bluebells have been open for 10 days already.
In among these sounds are others made by Pheasants, woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Mistle Thrushes and throbbing Stock Doves. Overhead passes a stream of yelping Med Gulls, the sun glowing through their white wings.
The occasional croak betrays the presence of between 4 & 7 pairs of Herons, standing on their massive nests high in the branches.
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Archive for March 27th, 2008
Highlights from Castle Water this morning included, singing Sedge Warbler at the viewpoint and the new excavations, the viewpoint also produced Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow, 14 Sand Martin, Marsh Harrier and a Kingfisher.