Strange goings-on today. 6 Black Kites were up together on the hillside. Nothing strange there. But then 10 Grey Heron flying along the cliffs was a bit odd. They appeared to be lost, not really heading anywhere, just flying around a bit. They went one way, then turned and flew straight out to sea! It was obvious they were going off the island due to Johnny Knuckles ruling with an iron fist.
The Gliding Swifts that were hawking yesterday had all moved on, again because of Johnny and nothing at all to do with their natural migratory instincts. But then the most amazing thing happened (sarcasm). The Herons came back and now there were 13 of them! Amazing! (extreme sarcasm). If anyone has any explanation to these extraordinary ornithological events then please e-mail me. No, ring me cos I need to know now. Right now.
Not really, it was just 13 Grey Herons and it's a bit boring bird-wise on the island so I'm exaggerating most things if you haven't already realised.
Pett Level, Pannel Valley NR and Adur Estuary
17 hours ago