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  • Blog Post: white-fronts put in late appearance

    4 white-fronted geese amongst large numbers of canada geese on south brooks late this afternoon - seen at about 16.00 from West mead. Lets hope they stick around... Earlier in the day, 2 red kites west of river arun, peregrine in usual tree at hanger viewpoint, several snipe feeding in the open between...
  • Blog Post: firecrest found, peregrines reappear

    Our regular wintering peregrines seem to have reappeared. I saw the female once last week, and a male on several occasion, usually hunting over the pools or sitting on the ground out in the middle of the north brooks. A firecrest was in one of the large hollies next to the bridleway on saturday (25th...
  • Blog Post: news and views

    Little ringed plover, green and common sandpipers are still to be found on the north brooks , even though many of the pool areas are dry. Teal numbers are slowly building up, as are numbers of greylag and canada geese. 3 greenshank were on site on monday, and a juv' marsh harrier (or 2) has been...
  • Blog Post: fresh powder

    Yikes - wasn't expecting quite so much snow overnight (about a foot), more than I've seen in Sussex in my lifetime. The visitor centre is open (just), though very limited in what we can provide - just about a hot drink. The access track and some of the car park has been cleared of snow this morning...
  • Blog Post: Leaving ones mark

    A barn owl has been roosting in the box in the visitor centre roof for the last couple of weeks. The tea room roof is clearly a favoured perch. On the north brooks yesterday a little stint, 4 or 5 ruff, at least 1 green sandpiper. A peregrine caught a teal at about 07.45. A few small parties of swallows...
  • Blog Post: Gold spot, black wood.

    A golden oriole was singing from the woodland (the 'black wood') next to the bridleway yesterday afternoon. Found by one of our volunteers, Russ Tofts, it was infuriatingly elusive (as golden orioles tend to be). I went to look/listen for it early this morning without any luck, although I did...
  • Blog Post: waders, mud

    Female peregrine in her usual spot nr. the hanger viewpoint at 14.00 today. A small flock (9 or 10) dunlin on the north brooks, plus ca.80 black-tailed godwits (the numbers continue to climb). Needless to say, plenty wigeon, teal, pintal and shoveler present too. Earlier this week, a female merlin and...
  • Blog Post: Rail continues close up

    Water rail still appearing regularly about 4m in front of the visitor centre window to the delight of many. Firecrests still being seen around Fattengates courtyard. Crossbills (up to 20) using conifers on heath though seem fairly mobile. All the usual waterfowl present in good numbers and a few black...
  • Blog Post: Waders, warblers, butterflies

    Still a selection of passage waders on the north brooks - greenshank, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and little ringed plover present this morning. Several lesser whitethroat, whitethroat, willow warblers and chiffchaffs in the scrub around the trail. Yesterday an adult male and juvenile female...
  • 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: Crossbills continue their chips

    Although absolutely freezing today, generally the reserve has had a springlike feel at times over the last 2 weeks. Chaffinches, great tits, song thrushes, goldcrests and treecreepers, amongst others, have all been singing, and great spotted woodpeckers are drumming from the big oaks all over the site...
  • Blog Post: Festival of fungi - the species list

    As we promised to those of you who came along to our festival of fungi guided walks, I've attached the list of everything that we found... A few other species have put in an appearance since the walks so we're always adding to our reserve list and putting up our little signs. If any of you...
  • Blog Post: Mischief makers!

    Some of you may know that when we're out on the reserve, we tend to carry radio handsets around, in part so we can share news of any exciting wildlife flying (or scurrying/fluttering/beetling) around. Around lunch time today we heard our warden Pete announce over the radio that there was a hen harrier...
  • Blog Post: Hornet V dragonfly

    Guess who won? I know hornets are pretty efficient predators of all sorts of insects (last week I saw one killing a honey bee), but never thought that they were able to take on such large things as migrant hawkers! I saw this yesterday morning - the hornet was in the process of bringing down the dragonfly...
  • Blog Post: Curlew sand' refuses to leave

    Curlew sandpiper still present on north brooks yesterday, along with a ruff and at least one green sandpiper. Curlew sandpipers are usually a scarce and brief visitor to the site, but one has been here at PB for at least 10 days now. And this despite the continual presence of a pair of peregrines on...
  • Blog Post: the days are getting longer

    Great spotted woodpeckers (at least two) drumming on the heath yesterday in the mild conditions, and around the beech trees on the clump were lots of small birds feeding on the fallen mast. Mostly chaffinches, great tits, coal tits and blue tits, plus a couple of nuthatches. Hundreds of lapwings spread...
  • Blog Post: Pretty, ugly

    A couple of inches of lying snow still on the ground making the site look pretty, but there was evidence of a slight thaw going on today. The car park and the access track are mostly clear, but the trails are still a little tricky due to snow and ice. Several groups of snipe, fieldfare and lapwing...
  • Blog Post: blimey, Bewick's beat the rush

    4 Bewick's swans, all adults, on the north brooks today - possibly the earliest ever Sussex arrivals (late November to early December is more normal). What do they know we don't?! They apparently arrived about 10.30-11am and promptly went to sleep, as you would if you've just flown in from...
  • 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: pintail and others

    About 12 pintail on the north brooks yesterday - plus the usual wigeon, shoveler, teal and lapwing. Earlier in the week (tuesday) a greenshank and a dunlin were in the same area. Peregrine seen regularly this week over the site, a hobby was still around yesterday (weds). A few goldcrests, 2 chiffchaffs...
  • Blog Post: big water

    Around the trail, after the strong winds and torrential rain this morning, plenty small birds were active - (lesser) redpolls in the birches nr the visitor centre, redwings and fieldfares all over the place, blue and great tits in the hedgerows, 2 or 3 green woodpeckers and a few small parties of goldfinches...
  • Blog Post: Is it autumn yet?

    It was cool and felt like autumn this morning and the birds rather reinforced this - 5 black-tailed godwits and at least 8 green sandpipers on the north brooks were no doubt heading south. Plenty lapwings, ca. 130 greylags geese, a few teal, shelduck, mallard and mandarin also present. Large numbers...
  • Blog Post: 28/2/11

    One or two barn owls continue to put on a good show hunting along the riverbank of the north brooks at various times of the day - mostly during the afternoon but one was out and about at 10.30 this morning. The female peregrine was sitting in her usual tree at the hanger at the same time. The male hen...
  • Blog Post: grass reappears

    Water levels have dropped back to something like our normal winter levels after last week's flood, revealing lots of grassland again. About 100 black-tailed godwits, 55 golden plover and a few ruff and dunlin have made use of it yesterday and today, along with thousands of ducks (mostly wigeon, teal...
  • Blog Post: waders refuelling

    The last week has seen a range of passage waders coming through - green sandpipers and little ringed plovers inevitably the most common (at least 6 of each on any given day), plus greenshanks (2), black-tailed godwits (2), dunlin and common sandpiper (2 or 3 each). Hobby, peregrine, sparrowhawk and buzzard...