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  • Blog Post: Flood less deep, nature trail and hides open

    Another sublime morning - completely still and bright sunshine. Hundreds of pintails still on site, mostly on the north brooks where many of the males were doing their best to look fabulous in front of the females. The enormo-flood is dropping, and there are strips of land appearing in front of West...
  • Blog Post: Dead, good

    Old oak trees are a feature of the site here, and are very important ecologically, as well as being just awe-inspiringly massive, beautiful and wondrous. They mostly inhabit a world that moves very slowly, but occasionally things happen to them very quickly. This tree, which is by my reckoning perhaps...
  • Blog Post: 14.11.13

    Had a brief walk around the heathland restoration area early this morning. Not much of note on the heath itself, but a clear(ish) sky meant there were plenty birds moving above it- about 200 wood piegons flew south, and several flocks of fieldfares and redwings flew west or dropped into the black wood...
  • Blog Post: 23.9.13

    On the brooks this morning were ca.150 wigeon, 230 teal, 15 shoveler, 175 lapwings, 130 mallard and the usual large numbers of greylag and Canada geese. Overhead passed a steady stream of swallows and house martins, with clearly many thousands of birds on the move south. A few snipe and at least 4 green...
  • Blog Post: 16.9.13

    Plenty of summer-autumn-winter change-over going on today, both in terms of birdlife and the weather! A juvenile marsh harrier was hunting across the site (there were two different birds present yesterday), and whilst checking livestock a short-eared owl sprung out of the grass on the south brooks river...
  • Blog Post: Going north, going south

    Migrants come in all shapes and sizes - there were quite a number of silver ys (one of which pictured above) in the moth trap this morning, and a few migrant hawker dragonflies hunting along the treelines on the edge of the heath and black wood. Willow warblers, blackcaps and a spotted flycatcher noted...
  • Blog Post: Hobbies = show-offs

    Hobbies - at least 2, possibly more, were putting on a fantastic show hunting dragonflies over the north brooks yesterday (best seen from Nettley's hide or Jupp's view). A marsh harrier was also seen hunting the brooks. Spotted flycatchers can be found nr Jupp's view and on the edge of the...
  • Blog Post: harriers and kite

    2 juvenile marsh harriers spent some of the morning hunting over the north brooks today, putting the wind up ca.200 wigeon and ca.150 teal and occasionally annoying each other. 4 ruff and single golden plover amongst ca.200 lapwings. First fieldfares and redwings of the autumn arriving - small parties...
  • Blog Post: If you don't like the weather...

    ...wait half an hour. Was something of a changeable day today, but at least we had the first significant rain since late August. This brought about 40 pintail to the north brooks, the largest flock so far this autumn. 2 peregrines also noted ( 1 adult female and 1 juvenile). 2 ruff were amongst the lapwing...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier on time

    At least one juvenile marsh harrier was hunting across the south brooks yesterday morning - this is typical August bird for us here and this one was right on cue. If previous years are anything to go by, it will stay around for some weeks. A young cuckoo was also present yesterday, eating cinnabar caterpillars...
  • Blog Post: 13.8.12

    Decent selection of passage waders now arriving on the brooks - greenshank, spotted redshank (thanks to Graham for photo), little ringed plover, snipe, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and black-tailed godwit present today. There were 2 or 3 garganey amongst the flocks of mallard and teal on the north...
  • Blog Post: Shortie

    Yesteday - a short-eared owl over south brooks/near Winpenny hide (it seemed to head off to the north), plus juvenile marsh harrier over the north brooks. A small group of crossbills were on the heath, where there are reasonable numbers of siskins and redpolls to be found. 2 ravens were also seen overhead...
  • Blog Post: Harrier, waders, brown hairstreak = Aug

    At least one marsh harrier continues to appear on a daily basis - it's plain dark-brown plumage topped with fantastic creamy-yellow/orange head marks it out as a juvenile. I managed to take a distant photo of it whilst it stopped to talk to one of the local herons. Passage waders in the last 2 days...
  • Blog Post: About forty...

    ...swifts over the north brooks this morning. 2 male wigeon, a few teal, 1 shoveler, about 12 gadwall, 22 shelduck, ca.45 mallard, ca.15 lapwings and a couple of redshank spread around the pools. Passage waders have been thin on the ground the last 2 weeks, but a few ringed plover were present on 20...
  • Blog Post: heading, er, north?

    3 brent geese were seen heading inland/north (!?) along the river Arun today by one of our visitors. Marsh harrier, buzzard and peregrine noted around the site. The visitor centre will be open this weekend, but please be aware that the access track, car park and trails are likely to be treacherous...
  • Blog Post: Another small one

    A yellow-browed warbler still in the scrub/trees at the top of the zig-zag path today (ie about 100m from the visitor centre) - elusive but a few folk have managed to catch up with it. It was found on Monday by a couple of regular visitors and by the sounds of it, has been roaming between west mead hide...
  • Blog Post: Last night, tomorrow.

    Myself and two of our volunteers led a guided walk last night, looking for all things crespuscular and nocturnal, and we had a good evening. We couldn't find a barn owl, but remarkably, whilst we were watching a few pipistrelle bats (55s according to the bat detector) charging around in front of...
  • Blog Post: Ole red eyes...

    The heath threw up another surprise last week when Ben Rainbow and I found small red damselfly on one of the boogy pools. Just shows what can turn up if you create the right habitat... Elsewhere on site, the marsh harrier was seen again and the wood sandpiper was again present on the north brooks...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday's news

    Good day on the reserve yesterday - apart from the wryneck, which appeared on-and-off throughout the day, the north brooks held an interesting selection of waders: 1 Temminck's stint, 1 little stint, up to 11 ruff, 2 or 3 greenshank, 1 or 2 common sandpipers, up to 12 snipe, plus several ringed plovers...