Hastings Country Park

27th September 2009, Sunday

Lots of Chiffchaffs around Warren Glen and Place Farm on this still and sunny morning, several Wheatears, 3 Stonechats and a Whinchat, as well as hundreds of House Martins whirling overhead. As I sat on the edge of the landslip below Lovers’ Seat, I heard a Dartford Warbler buzzing and a short while later it burst into song from the tops of bushes nearby, before being joined by a grey female or juvenile. But as I moved to get a better view, a QUAIL burst up from the rough grass at my feet and whirred off downhill uttering odd little piping noises. Although I’ve heard them before in this country, this was the first time for many years that I’d actually set eyes on one. It might even be the first record for the Country Park.
A short while later, I came across 2 Firecrests at the eastern end of Fairlight Glen.