Pulborough Brooks

After the heavy rain had subsided it was a pleasant evening’s birding at Pulborough Brooks. As I walked down the zigzag a Buzzard came gliding over. Down near the picnic area I stood and watched a flock of passerines with a vanguard of Long-tailed Tits working their way through the trees and shrubs, hoping the Wood Warbler might still be about, but happy just to watch as Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and tits went by.

Initially not a single wader was on the north brooks, but I was delighted to see a Spotted Flycatcher perched up briefly by the hanger, possibly two. Out on the water there were Mallard and Teal, and a Shoveler was spotted. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls drooped in, and there were a good number of House Martins feeding out over the fields. A Lesser Whitethroat was feeding in the bushes and a juvenile Bullfinch was calling incessantly.

North brooks

With little else going on on the water I headed down to Little Hanger to try and find a Whinchat. As I was scanning, a flock of about 40 Lapwings came gliding in from the west, and 3 Green Sandpipers were now feeding on the mud. I noticed 3 chats out in the long grass but settled on Stonechat despite my best efforts to turn them into my targets. 

On the walk back along the public footpath there was no sign of the Redstarts seen recently, but 4 Swifts were feeding over the trees, and I heard loud wader-like calls coming from three birds heading off west; it was the Green Sandpipers seen earlier. They appeared to circle back round towards the water, so may stay with us a little longer yet. 

Green Sandpipers


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