Pulborough Brooks

A beautiful Christmas Day morning at Pulborough with not a cloud in the sky and hardly any wind, and a decent count of 57 species recorded. The water has receded slightly but still an impressive sight. There was plenty of passerine activity around the reserve with Bullfinch calls a constant presence. On the water that's currently encrouching the field adjacent to the path to West Mead were 2 Mute Swans, some Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, a few Mallard, a Wigeon, 2 Pied Wagtails and a few Lapwing. Stonechats were active around the hide. Everything is still very distant on the brooks, containing itself to the river banks. On the south brooks I noted the usual waterfowl plus a few Tufted Duck, but no sign of the White-fronted Geese or Ruff from yesterday. A Cetti's Warbler was singing by Winpenny and I spotted 2 Black-tailed Godwits from the hide.

Pintail

South Brooks

I walked down to Nettley's which is now accessible and had to release a Blue Tit that had got itself trapped. On the north brooks, notable additions to the list were a single Pochard, a Snipe, a Water Rail and a small group of Common Gulls. I'm sure I heard a Marsh Tit amongst the many tits and thrushes around Nettley's.

Pulborough

Mid Brooks

Song Thrush

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