Pulborough Brooks

Robins were apparently the only birds presents as I headed towards the North Brooks on a fine, dry evening. It was a bit busier as I arrived there, however, with the Lapwing and Teal seeming quite nervy as they periodically rose up in scattered flocks and landed back down in various configurations. Something was making them jumpy. A group of Jackdaws were hassling the Lapwings, which I found unusual. I starting recording what was about;  3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, and 1 Black-tailed Godwit made up the waders. The flock was up again and, as I scanned, spotted a Marsh Harrier quartering along a hedge line; with wildfowl numbers now steadily building on the north brooks, and the winds starting to strengthen, there was a distinct autumnal feel whilst standing at The Hanger. It was a pleasant feeling. 

With not much else of note from Little Hanger I headed off along the trail to Winpenny. There, I could just make out a perched bird in the distance, leaping to the floor from a fence post and then back again. I was sure it was a Wheatear, but a back-lighting was making it difficult for me to confidently identify. A better angle improved the views and allowed me to be confident enough to record it. I sat for a while, hearing Meadow Pipit calls and also what I think was a Skylark call, a sound almost like a small sample of its song. After a while, 2 Stonechats were perched up just in front of the hide. 

Cattle had overrun West Mead, continuing to make Pulborough Brooks feel more like a farm than a nature reserve, so I didn't stop there for long. A Buzzard was perched up on the gate between Small Rushy Brook and Large Rushy Brook. I noted a single Swallow flutter through and then made my back to the visitor centre, stopping briefly to listen to some strange noises coming from the direction of Upperton's Field; there was a large herd of Fallow Deer in the distance so I assume it was them. 



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