Pulborough Brooks

I paid a long overdue visit to Pulborough Brooks this morning in fairly pleasant conditions, but with a haze that affected visibility quite a bit. I did the full figure of eight reserve walk, and the theme of the morning was singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, with 21 of the former and 10 of the latter. I met Matt at the hangar who was out of luck with a Garganey found by Julliet and Chris yesterday (although it was found later on). On the north brooks the highlights were 2 Avocets (although four were present apparently), a Redshank, a male Mandarin and still a few Teal. A comotion of trilling above our heads all of a sudden turned out to be a flock of 14 Lesser Redpolls; I'm not too familiar with this less common call so I was grateful that Matt was there to call the ID. Later there were quite a few Lesser Redpolls on the heath and I wondered if these were the same birds and whether there is breeding there. There are no records, but one wonders if it's plausible. Another target was a Willow Warbler that was singing at Redstart Corner yesterday. It didn't take long to find as it was singing away in between catching flies; such a wonderful, melancholic sound of spring. Hail's View continues to be quiet, just 2 Mandarins notable. The trip finished on a reasonable 55 species. 

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler


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