A pleasant walk from Fairlight to Hastings through the Country Park NR this morning started well, with a singing Dartford Warbler at Firehills, the first I’ve heard this spring. There was evidently a small passage of Swallows taking place, with a dozen or so coming in off the sea and heading off along the cliffs in both directions.
At Ecclesbourne Meadow I was surprised by a burst of song from a Cettis Warbler, coming from the small hedge at the back. This was a first for the CP for me-I believe there have been a few records- and indeed for my “local patch ” which excludes Pett Levels and the various wetlands W of Hastings. This bird seemed to follow me as I walked along , singing from various points in Ecclesbourne Glen next to the path, remaining just E of East Hill.
On East Hill itself another unexpected song was a Reed Warbler singing from bushes on the edge of the mown area about 200m N of the beacon- no doubt a migrant.
There are a lways plenty of insects to look at and photograph, conspicuous at present are the [harmless] Scorpion Flies, but I also came across a much smaller insect I have seen a number of times, but cannot name; it is about 1cm long and has a very distinctive head arrangement.
. Can anybody help ?