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  • Blog Post: A special offer for our special weekend event

    Join us this weekend (Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November) for our winter wildlife watch and Christmas shopping event. Venture out with our guides on a winter wildlife watch, seeking out ducks, geese & wading birds. If we're lucky, our peregrine falcon will be out and about creating havoc...
  • Blog Post: Blackcaps, chiffchaffs gather

    Interesting morning (07.30-08.30) around the trail: when I saw a garden warbler, a bird I rarely see in the autumn here, in the hedge alongside the zigzags I thought it might be good. Blackcaps and willow warblers/chiffchaffs were all over the site, and decent number of other common migrants were noted...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Diversity, or, why do you come to Pulborough?

    I visited the reserve three times over the weekend. Friday at the Hanger the Peregrine went off to roost. Chattering Magpies and Blackbirds and whistling Wigeon and Teal ushered in the evening as the lights from Pulborough village reflected in the still waters of the North Brooks and bats came out to...
  • Blog Post: 1.11.12

    Its looking properly wintry on the brooks now - lots of wigeon, teal, shoveler, lapwing, greylag geese, Canada geese all over the brooks. A few pintail, single black-tailed godwit and up to 3 ruff have been present over the last few days and the female peregrine has been using her usual perch at the...
  • 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: Brrrr

    First frosts of the autumn over the last two nights has given the site a much more wintry feel. There are few redpolls to be found feeding the birches around the trail, a few siskins in the pines on the heath and small groups of fieldfares and redwings have been seen passing overhead. Yesterday morning...
  • 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...