Standean Bottom, 23rd May 2021

Another change of scenery today and only my second away day of the year. Standean Bottom, which is nestled in the Downs behind Woodingdean, was the venue with some Downland species the targets. Corn Buntings were the main feature this morning, with several seen including great views of singing males. Their jangling song was heard throughout and I’ve always found this a great area for this declining species. A pleasant surprise though was a Spotted Flycatcher in a small copse on the southern side. This area is also great for butterflies, including Adonis Blues, but as it was an early morning visit there were not any about. However a Wall Brown on the path approaching Standean Bottom was a nice bonus.