Pulborough Brooks

 I arrived at Pulborough at first light this morning and had a bit of struggle with some sounds. I thought I heard a Lesser Whitethroat singing down the zigzag, but it could've been a Robin. I heard a couple of calls that sounded like Ring Ouzel, but they were probably Blackbirds. A suspected Cetti's Warbler by Banks Cottage was at least confirmed later by Matt. 

A Barn Owl flushed from a tree along the zigzag was a nice surprise. On the north brooks, where the fog was slowly descending and the visibility deteriorating, there were a few Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits, all the winter ducks, and loads of geese. A Marsh Harrier was quartering and seemed to be deliberately flushing everything, includinga few Snipe. It was perhaps trying to identify any weak birds. A few Common Gulls dropped in and a Water Rail was screeching.

Walking around the reserve with Matt there were lots of Lesser Redpoll and Redwing, and a few Fieldfare and Chiffchaff. We joined volunteer Graham and his companions who were watching a female Merlin on the mid-brooks, where there was also a Sparrowhawk and 3 Ruff.  

Two White-fronted Geese at Little Hanger and c30 Crossbill around the heath were reported after I'd left. 

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