Trip reports

RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 12 December 2015

'On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me twelve drummers drumming' ........... but I would have been happy with one snipe a'drumming in the reeds. Alas and alack , except for Sedley (bah, humbug!) not one person in the rest of the group was treated to the wonderful sight of a snipe.

We were however treated to a day that was mild, most unDecember like it has to be said, overcast but fortunately not any heavy rain. There was plenty to offer for the searching eye. We saw grey heron, mute swan, greylag goose, Canada geese, shelduck, wigeon, teal, mallard, pintail, shoveler, kestrel, peregrine, pheasant, moorhen, lapwing, black tailed godwit, blackheaded gull, stock dove, wood pigeon, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, wren, robin, blackbird, fieldfare, song thrush, redwing, reedwarbler, goldcrest, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, jay, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, cormorant and pied wagtail. Sedley also pointed out to the group marsh tit, rook, dunnock and long tailed tit. Peter also contributed to the list of birds seen at Pulborough Brooks.

However, this being our special pre Christmas visit to Pulborough, a tradition for the Eastbourne and Local District RSPB Group, thoughts were not only on how many lovely species we might get to see, but also how many lovely cakes and mince pies we would espy in the café.

As far as I know, no one was disappointed with either the number of species sighted or the variety of cakes on offer, and with happy hearts and slightly full tummies we left Pulborough at 4.00 pm quite contented, with thoughts of our next visit in December 2016.

I will take this opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
May 2016 be an Enjoyable and Successful Birding Year.