Field Reports

Thursday 2nd November 2017 - Pulborough Brooks

Leader John Kelsall

Twelve members met up at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature Reserve on a cool, misty morning.  We had left Chichester in the sunshine and discovered on arrival that the RSPB shop was closed for re-organisation just for that day and that the Reserve was shrouded in mist.

 The intrepid group carried on in true Natural History spirit.  A rook standing on a fence post was seen appearing through the mist and pears had fallen on the ground underneath a tree.  An autumn scene.  At the beginning we heard more birds calling than having sight of them but gradually we started to see more birds and a redwing was spotted in some trees quite early on in our walk down to the Hides.

 Lichen (including the tube lichen named, I was reliably informed, hypogymnia physodes) and mosses were seen on fallen logs amongst trees in the mist.

 When we got to the Hides some ducks took off from the water and straightaway we had a very good view of a Marsh Harrier lifting up, wheeling round and disappearing to chase the ducks.  The West Mead Hide had the best view of the biggest number of birds including shoveler, teal, wigeon, teal, swan, female tufted duck, shelduck and pintail.  Also some of our members were lucky enough to get a good view through a scope of a pectoral sandpiper which had been blown off course from America and had been at Pulborough Brooks for a number of weeks.

 Altogether we saw thirty seven species of birds including five bullfinches at the top of a tree, a few grey squirrels racing up trees and two of our members were lucky enough to have a weasel suddenly appear on the path just in front of them, it came nearer before deciding to take a change of direction and disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.

 Some of us had lunch in the café and the sun came out whilst we were eating just before we left the Reserve.  C’est la vie.

  Daphne Flach


        Tufted duck


Pectoral Sandpiper is there somewhere!

   The pectoral sandpiper is there somewhere!

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