A nice range of sightings from yesterday, courtesy of volunteer Gary...
"Walking down the zig-zag it was obvious it was going to be hot, meadow browns and large skippers were everywhere and a solitary ringlet. At Fattengates a garden warbler showed itself after some searching and both willow warbler and chiffchaff were singing. Winpenny was quiet but the pool had broad -bodied chasers skimming over the surface. Adder Alley added (get it – oh well suit yourself) small tortoiseshell and painted lady and several blue damselflies.
Large skipper by Chris Prince
Time to head for the shade of the Hanger. A steady stream of visitors were delighted to be shown the four avocets which, for the most part, were busily swishing their upturned bills searching for food. Sixty plus lapwing, two green sandpipers and three little-ringed plovers were also on show. In front of the hanger, whitethroat, blackcap and linnet were in view most of the time, as were buzzards lazily circling.
Buzzard by Chris Prince
A slow walk back on a beautiful summers day for a refreshing cup of tea; what more could you ask for – another cup of tea anyone?"
Butterflies were the order of the day from early on with plenty of Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell feeding on the thistle next to the 'new' trail before Winpenny Hide. And a migrant Painted Lady, seen at various times in the morning, was sunbathing on the entrance ramp. (see Phil Thornton's pic below).
Bird wise it was sounds more than sights on the trails, though a nightingale perched briefly on a bench along Adder Alley. Spend a few minutes here and there is a chance the bird will show itself. The dominant songsters were blackcap, whitethroat and wheezing greenfinches adding to the mix.
On the North brooks were green sandpiper, four little ringed plover and a pair of teal flew in at lunchtime, both in fine plumage. Swifts, sand martin, house martin and swallow put in an appearance later in the day. A single hobby zipped along towards Banks Cottage and a young black headed gull chick was amongst 60 or so lapwing, all seen from Jupp's View.
And its here you are furthest from the Visitor Centre if the dreaded 'need to go' strikes. But shortly you can be spared the urgent two step back when our soon to be opened composting loo comes into operation. What a relief!
Thanks to volunteer John for his update
Volunteer Gary returns to Pulborough Brooks after several weeks away...
"Going on holiday is great, but coming back is always a pleasure to see what has changed. In the three weeks that I have been away the grass has shot up and now ripples in the wind and the bracken along Adder Alley is now chest high.
Walking down from the centre the first bird I heard was a nightingale at the top of the zig-zag giving its 'sweep-croak' call and further on whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler. It was good to see two young Lapwing still at West Mead looking almost like adults but given away by their fringed feathering. The umbellifer patch near Winpenny was alive with flies, bees, butterflies and the odd damselfly. Meadow browns, large skippers, painted ladies, small tortoiseshells and a few common blues could all be picked out, and several stunning banded demoiselle males were also present.
Along Adder Alley, what else but an adder was curled up soaking up the sun. As I sat quietly having a cup of coffee, two adult nightingales were feeding on the path just feet away for a very scaly chick that was begging deep within a bush, and a lesser whitethroat with at least two juveniles in tow moved along the hedge line. Behind me towards the riverbank, reed bunting and sedge warbler could be heard.
At the Hanger, two groups of twelve and five shelduck are growing up fast looking more like ducks and less like fluffy balls. One green sandpiper, four little-ringed plover and 50+ lapwing formed the wader contingent on the flood and singing linnets, common and lesser whitethroat on the down slope.
What more can I say – a good day."