Levels highlights this weekend were few and far between on the bird front with the best being a Curlew and 2 Whimbrel on Sunday when a total of 15 Swift were also present over Down. On Saturday there was a single Wheatear by Horse-eye farm early morning and a Water Rail put in an appearance at Gropper corner. The Lesser Black-backs pictured were on Down and apart from them there were all the usual residents and summer visitors with both Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat seemingly in every hedgerow across the patch (the latter even at the Hailsham end of White Dyke) and Reed and Sedge Warblers in every patch of Reed bed.
On the plant front the Green-veined Orchids are now out on Horse-eye though not yet in significant numbers. This afternoon I visited another site for this species which has significantly longer stems. This caused me to wonder whether grazing has an effect on the stem length or whether it is genetic or soil factors which cause the Horse-eye plants to be much shorter stemmed.