Frustratingly I woke this morning with a headache; this was not good news as I'd planned to take advantage of the continuing good weather and head off for a bit of birding in Sussex. However, by mid morning, I thought.... it's going a bit, so off I headed for RSPB Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex.
Amongst other things, saw a Nuthatch singing away high up in a tree and heard my first Chiffchaff of the season
It was generally fairly quiet and my first sight from the visitor's centre was a small herd of cattle.
Blossom adorned the tops of the hedgerows and
...primroses grew underneath
Wigeon were everywhere; in this one spot there must have been in excess of 100
Deer were grazing (I think they are Roe Deer but I must research this!)
I was thrilled to see an adder - in fact there were two, an adult and young one. The young one didn't stay around to be photographed and the adult proved somewhat difficult too!
One of the many Teal
and on the way out, a Great Tit
Most other birds were far too far away out on the water, to get any pictures.
A quick sandwich in the Visitor Centre and I then headed off for WWT Arundel. Target birds were the Hawfinches but dipped on those!
On arrival in the car park, I saw 5 Common Buzzards - two of which were displaying - fantastic stuff and I watched these for some while. As a result I didn't really have much time left, so I opted for one of the (electric) boat rides and managed to get the last one of the day.
Edited: Forget to mention that I saw 2 water voles from the electric boat - great! :D
(my) First Mallard ducklings of the season - 16 in all!
A moorhen swam by and
on my way out, a very colourful male Pheasant.
I didn't have any time left, so headed off for the car park where, again, I watched the Buzzards before heading off home. A pleasing day, but just wish I could have started early to spend more time there.
Success at the third attempt!
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