Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 10 December 2016

A happy band of 22 birders set off for our annual Christmas visit to RSPB Pulborough Brooks. The skies were grey and leaden with the potential of rain at any moment, but we were not downcast by what was above us and were eager to get started round the Reserve. The temperature was most unseasonable, so no fear of freezing tootsies as we journeyed round enjoying all before us.

Two of our members were our guides for the day, Neil Greenaway and Peter Denyer and two finer young guides one would be hard pushed to find. Their bird identification skills are much valued by the rest of the group and the list of birds that follows are Neil's sightings for the day.

Birds seen on the Reserve were wren, robin (pictured), blackbird, greenfinch, goldfinch, linnet, goldcrest, long tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, nuthatch, shoveler, wigeon, teal, pintail, shelduck, mallard, Canada geese, greylag geese, mute swan, marsh harrier, buzzard, kestrel, peregrine falcon, meadow pipit, stock dove, jay, lapwing, snipe, stonechat, bullfinch, dunnock, song thrush, redwing, fieldfare, mistle thrush, starling, great white egret, little egret, heron, pheasant, black headed gull, crow, jackdaw, rook, magpie, pied wagtail, moorhen and cormorant. Three birds were also heard but not seen, namely siskin, green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker.

As is our tradition, we rounded off our visit with tea, cake and mince pies in the café, and with tummies content we started our journey home at 4.00 pm

I will take this opportunity to wish all who read this:
A Very Happy Christmas and The Best of Birding in 2017