Thursday, 2 May 2013

Pulborough Brooks

On what felt like a true spring day I completed a leisurely circuit of Pulborough Brooks. The Nightingales I reported previously, here are the best of the rest. Lots of spring migrants to be found in the hedgerows, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats in evidence, and several Lesser Whitethroats, two of whom I watched scrapping in a tree, occasionally falling to the ground but with no let up in the ferocity of the battle. A Cuckoo called regularly from somewhere out in the brooks but did not give a flyby. Out from West Mead hide a lone Greenshank and a single, hard to spot ,Little Ringed Plover; some debate as to its identity but photographic evidence confirmed the initial call - even at a long distance. Winpenny provided stunning close views of a Common Whitethroat engaged in nest building activity some six feet from the hide window. On the way back to the Visitor Centre I came across a nice Fallow Deer antler - obviously recently shed - a great trophy.

Great to see more Swallows, Sand Martins and also two Swifts - my first for the year.

Love or War?

and finally a  Comma, not a full stop

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