If you’re still in need of a Nightingale….

… there was a very obliging bird still singing strongly last night (10.20 – 10.45pm), just south of Arlington village, right beside the road.

It was presumably one of the three heard during the Safari Britain evening last Thursday, from behind Arlington Church. It sounded like this (sorry for the lack of picture, but it was quite dark).

Earlier in the evening, one sang briefly beside the A27-Ripe road (about 1.5 miles north of Middle Farm), and a Lapwing was heard several times in the dark at Glynde Levels, as viewed from Ripe.

Caburn Raven and Glynde White-fronts

A walk between Lewes and Glynde today was almost birdless, but a Raven acrobatically outmanoeuvring the local Jackdaws was good.

On Glynde Levels, six White-fronted Geese were reported (Alan Kitson, SOS site) – presumably an augmented version of the party of five seen there and at Arlington Reservoir sporadically over the past three weeks.

Glynde Reach and Levels

Glynde Reach, from the bridge in Glynde, 4 Jan 2009No report of the Great Grey Shrike at Glynde Reach since Friday, but continued attention to the area has turned up some other good birds (if not all as remarkable as the Great White Egret on New Year’s Eve).

Today, Paul S and I saw a male Blackcap beside Glynde Bridge, and a Common Snipe and two pairs of Stonechats along the Reach (via Firle Birds).

Meanwhile, there were 60 Golden Plover and a Barn Owl seen on Glynde Levels by Alan Kitson and Miou Helps (via SOS site).

Grey geese influx

Three Tundra Bean Geese on Lewes Brooks (in an area with no public access) yesterday and today, five White-fronted Geese seen on Glynde Levels today, and two juv White-fronts reported amongst a mixed group of geese reported in the lower Cuckmere (all via SOS).

Elsewhere, an Eider at Arlington Reservoir on Boxing Day (see photo on SOS site) and the Bearded Tits still at the Ouse Estuary Project (along with a ringtail Hen Harrier).