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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: Follow that duck

    The brooks are rapidly filling up with water and birds - nothing like a bit of weather to bring some changes. Today there were ca.100 pintail and 80 black-tailed godwits on the north brooks, plus hundreds of teal, wigeon, shoveler, mallard and lapwings all over the site. Five or six ruff (maybe more...
  • Blog Post: 30.7.13

    2 wood sandpipers and at least 2 green sandpipers present on the south brooks this morning. Ruff, 2 dunlin and 2 little ringed plovers present on the north brooks over the weekend. Greylag and canada geese numbers are slowly picking up, and 40-50 lapwings scattered around the pool areas. Plenty of...
  • Blog Post: More water, more ducks

    About 8 pintail present on the north brooks this morning, having presumeably arrived overnight. There were also in the region of 320 mallard and 200 teal, plus a handful of wigeon, giving the site a more autumnal feel - not surprising after yesterday's weather. The knot remains (!) into its 11th...
  • Blog Post: West mead waders

    An interesting selection of waders on view from west mead and winpenny hides this morning - at least 14 ruff (a couple with lovely dark brown necks/breasts), 2 ringed plover, 2 little ringed plover, 5 redshank, 1 black-tailed godwit and about 8 dunlin. The little ringed plovers (see below, thanks Graham...
  • 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: Curlew sand' and others

    Curlew sandpiper on north brooks this morning, plus 1 ruff and at least 5 green sandpipers. Ca.25 yellow wagtails amongst the cattle on the north brooks. 2 lesser whitethroats and 1 common whitethroat in the hedge between little hanger and winpenny hide. Ca.200 house martins over hanger/nettley's...
  • 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: short on owl, long on godwits

    Missed the short-eared owl again this moring - one of our visitors reported it near little hanger hide. Black-tailed godwit numbers have rocketed over the weekend, with around 330 on site yesterday. As far as I know Pulborough Brooks has never seen this numbers of bl-t godwits. Will be interesting to...
  • Blog Post: Little ringed plovers appear, it starts snowing...

    Both ringed and little ringed plovers were seen on the reserve today - at least two of each present on the south brooks at about 13.00. The LRPs were suitable elusive, but hopefully they will be more visible over the coming days. And I hope they won't mind the rain/sleet/snow mix that was on offer...
  • Blog Post: White-fronts

    12 white-fronted geese on the north brooks today - the first of the autumn, found by regular volunteer Clive Hope at about midday. A few black-tailed godwits, ruff and golden plover amongst the lapwings. Crossbills, redpolls and siskins on the heath. Sadly, no one has reported the yellow-browed warbler...
  • Blog Post: stints still

    Single Temminck's stint still present on the north brooks this morning, along with a little stint, at least 6 ruff, 4 green sandpipers, 4 little ringed plovers, 2 ringed plovers and common sandpiper. Was interesting to see the two species of stint close together - the little bustling about constantly...
  • Blog Post: Vis' mig'

    Fine morning and a fair bit of overhead traffic. Over/on the south brooks at 08.00 small numbers of swallows, yellow wagtails, siskins, skylarks, pied wagtails and single grey wagtail. Also noted a hobby, a spotted flycatcher (perhaps my last of both this summer?), and a stonechat (my first on the brooks...
  • Blog Post: Passage waders continue to passage

    This morning on the north brooks - 2 ruff, 1 greenshank, 4 dunlin, 1 ringed plover, at least 7 green sandpipers, 2 common sandpipers, ca 100 lapwing and ca.110 greylag geese. Marsh harrier still being seen regularly, and yesterday, 2 whinchats on north brooks and 2 redstarts at redstart corner (ie. on...
  • 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: No.1 adder

    'Our' male hen harrier made is still appearing on a daily basis, disturbing all the wintering ducks and a search through the flocks of lapwings (about 2500 on the reserve yesterday) should produce about 50 black-tailed godwits, a few dunlin and ruff. At least two barn owls are regularly hunting...
  • Blog Post: Nearly flooding

    The Arun nearly overtopped its banks today and yesterday, so although the brooks are very wet, it doesn't look like we'll have a complete flood event this week. The sheer volume of water coming off the higher fields yesterday morning temporarily flooded the nature trail near west mead but this...
  • Blog Post: Pink-feet and white-fronts.

    Single pink-footed goose and 12 white-fronted geese have been present over the last couple of days - when they are not are Pulborough Brooks they are often to be found at Amberley wild brooks. The pink-foot is usually associating with greylags. Fabulous, busy, colourful flocks of wigeon are showing really...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: More lesser

    2 lesser spotted woodpeckers (!) in the vicinity of Fattengates courtyard at about 10.30 this morning (per Peter Moon, Gary Trew, Marc Shaw et al). On the north brooks approx 70 black-tailed godwits, 6 ruff, 2 golden plovers, several hundred each of wigeon, lapwing and teal, and smaller numbers of...
  • Blog Post: 28.8.12

    Various waders still present/passing through in the last two days include greenshank, ruff, common sandpiper, snipe, dunlin, ringed plover, little ringed plover, green sandpiper, and of course lapwing. Wood sandpiper (see photo, thanks Graham) seen yesterday, though not reported today up to 4pm. Two...
  • 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: 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...