Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A group of 15 birders from the Eastbourne and Local District RSPB Group set off from Eastbourne for RSPB Pulborough Brooks on Saturday morning. Pulborough Brooks has been our regular pre Christmas visit for years and has never failed us in any aspect. Saturday 9th December was no exception. Arriving at 9.30 am, Pulborough offered us a cold, crisp, beautifully sunny winter's day with not a breath of wind to blow away the birds. Just perfect!

Led by Peter Denyer our much celebrated guide who has volunteered in Canada at bird reserves, and his trusty assistant Mark, we set off to do a circular walk around the Reserve starting at West Mead Hide. We didn't manage to do a complete circular walk as cake, mince pies and hot chocolate beckoned around 3.15 pm, but we did enjoy all the time we did have where we saw a variety of birds.

We saw little egret, grey heron, greylag geese, Canada geese, wigeon, teal, mallard, pintail, shoveler, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, buzzard, kestrel, moorhen, coot, lapwing, Temminck's stint, snipe, black tailed godwit, black headed gull, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, cormorant, pheasant, great spotted and green woodpecker, peregrine, red kite, feral pigeon, goldcrest, common and herring gull, stock dove, wood pigeon, little owl, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, wren, dunnock, blackbird, fieldfare, song thrush,. long tailed, coal, blue and great tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, jay, magpie, carrion crow, goldfinch, bullfinch, rook, stonechat, mistle thrush, redwing, linnet and robin (pictured).

We left the reserve shortly before 4.00 pm with contented tummies and happy smiling faces with all that we had seen.

And so as Tiny Tim said:

"A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, everyone"