Pulborough Brooks and Waltham Brooks

 It was a busy day in the Arun Valley today with many people out in the countryside for their lockdown excercise. I took Liv around Pulborough at lunchtime, by which time the fog and murk had just about cleared. On the mid brooks were large numbers of Canada Geese and Lapwing, and a few Ruff. The north brooks is now crammed with wildfowl proving a wonderful sight and sound. The volume increased as thousands of nervous Wigeon, Teal and Lapwing started alarm calling. They all ascended into the air, forming homogeneous groups that twisted and turned to evade the danger. A flock of Black-tailed Godwits were amongst them. The danger was a Marsh Harrier, which glided across the water from the east, leaving the anxious flocks in its wake. It landed in the grass and seemed to begin eating something. Another Marsh Harrier past over it to investigate the catch. On the return to the visitor centre, looking out to the mid brooks, a Merlin was now perched on a post. In the distance a pale wader stood out, pecking enthusiastically at the water, a bit like a phalarope. However, I think it was the pale Ruff first seen by Gary last week.

Grey Heron

North Brooks

In the afternoon I nipped around Waltham Brooks, noting Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall on the water, which were all flushed by a Marsh Harrier as I was leaving. Quite a few Greenfinch were about the small trees along the canal ditch, and a Water Rail was screeching in the reeds. 

Gadwall and Teal

Waltham Brooks


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