Trip reports

RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve Outing

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The last coach outing of 2014 was enjoyed by all participants on a dry, sunny and mild day. Neil Greenaway and Sedley Underdown led separate groups around the reserve, since they could not all fit into a single hide, and Neil's group claimed 55 bird species sighted.
The brooks are noted for waterfowl in winter, and mallard, shelduck, gadwall, shoveler, wigeon, teal and pintail were the ducks seen, while waders included black-tailed godwit, lapwing and snipe.
They saw many small birds too, with goldcrest the smallest of all. Blue, great, marsh, coal and long-tailed tits, nuthatch and treecreeper were found, many in the newer part of the reserve where nightjars are expected in summer. It was a good day for finches, with chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch and the scarcer bullfinch seen.
It was not a good day for raptors though, a solitary buzzard being their only representative.
The visitor's centre with its shop and cafeteria was the icing on the cake, besides it being a splendid place to watch birds in its own right, with many birdfeeders and extensive views towards the brooks. A good time was had by all.