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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Heads down

    April has arrived, at least technically, if not in spirit - the bitterly cold easterlies continue. Good selection of birds on site in recent days - up to 7 garganey arrived on friday on the north brooks, a jack snipe was in front of Winpenny hide on saturday, a lesser spotted woodpecker was seen...
  • 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: more Bewick's

    2 Bewick's swans were on the north brooks for most of yesterday morning, and another single Bewick's was present at 08.00 today - we'd expect a few more parties of these birds to arrive in the next few days as the weather has turned distinctly chilly. The short-eared owl is still being seen...
  • 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: Autumn colours

    The north brooks this morning looked like autumn with a small flock of rusty-brown wigeon (nearly 50) and a variety of waders - a few black-tailed godwits, dunlins, ruff, snipe and many lapwing. Sadly, no sign of yesterday's curlew sandpipers. There was also this splendid fox sitting in the sunshine...
  • 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: Work at west mead

    Please be aware that there will be some disturbance to the pools in front of West Mead and Winpenny hides tomorrow (Tues 5th) due to essential work being carried out nearby. Apologies for any inconvenience. On the north brooks today up to 16 ruff, a single redshank and plenty of the usual suspects...
  • 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: 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...