Today I met Pete as we'd planned to go Dragonfly hunting on Thursley Common. However, the weather was against us as, although it wasn't raining, there was very little sun - and for dragons - you need sun.
We had a good long walk across heather-covered heath land. Thursley Common had been the victim of a fire two years ago and there is still much evidence of that unfortunately.
However, we did manage to spot juvenile Willow Warblers, Tree Pipits, Woodlarks and Stonechat. Whilst we heard Great Spotted Woodpeckers (who seemed to be mocking us wherever we went) we did see a Green Woodpecker. Also Grey Heron, Moorhen, Crow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Great Tit.
From there we went to Petworth House and Park (where we heard Goldcrests) where we had some lunch before walking around the very large lake.
Then on the way back, we stopped off at Warnham Nature Reserve (near Horsham) where there were Blue & Great Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green and Chaffinch, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Heron and three juvenile Common Terns with two adults! I like Warnham as it's interesting for birds, but is an enjoyable walk over boarded bog walks and through the woods. Somewhere I often pop into.
A good day with great company.
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