I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.
A return to the levels this time gave us a delightful spring morning compared to the down pour back in February.
Immediately getting out of the car we were rewarded with a Marsh Harrier quartering the reedbeds, and a Kingfisher that flew along the river under the road bridge and perched briefly on the bank before flying off down stream. Over the pools there were several tumbling Lapwings whilst in the margins 2 Green Sandpipers and a Greenshank were feeding but bird of the day was to be the female Merlin perched on a fence post at the back.
Our next stop was at the Wallers Haven Bridge on the Ninfield to Boreham Street road, although fairly quiet a Buzzard, and a pair of Kestrels put in an appearance and a Little Grebe in summer plumage showed on a pool.
Last stop was at Horse Eye Level in search of our target specie Yellow Wagtail, eventually one was heard and found and we all got good views of the male, however on trying to get closer to it, it dissappeared. A Ruff flying over, and another Greenshank was seen and a Sedge Warbler was heard singing in the dense reeds. On returning back to the cars after returning a young lamb to its mum after getting through a fence we heard a Cetti's.