Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Saturday, 8 December 2018

A wet and windy start to the day, with more promised for later, prompted a quick discussion of our destination for the day. It was agreed (yes after a vote!) that the coastal trip to East Head and Snow Hill was neither going to produce a good birding day and would probably give us all a thorough soaking - so we headed off to Pulborough Brooks. Thanks are due to Keith, our coach driver and the staff at RSPB Pulborough Brooks for accommodating our late change of plans for the day.

We had a busy time recording a splendid haul for the day - grey heron, cormorant, Canada goose, greylag goose, shelduck, mallard, teal, wigeon, shoveler, tufted duck, pintail, mute swan, common buzzard, red kite, marsh harrier, kestrel, peregrine, sparrowhawk, raven, pheasant, moorhen, dunlin, lapwing, white-rumped sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, snipe, black headed gull, common gull, wood pigeon, stock dove, great spotted woodpecker, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, dunnock, wren, robin, blackbird, redwing, goldcrest, long tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, nuthatch, treecreeper, starling, house sparrow, magpie, crow, jackdaw, chaffinch (pictured), goldfinch, linnet, bullfinch and reed bunting - 55 species. well done to our bird spotters! Highlight of the day was undoubtedly the white-rumped sandpiper.

A great day out with the weather staying good until early afternoon saw us return home in good spirits. Thanks to all involved for making it a fun day.

Tony Vass, Group Leader