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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Pulborough, Arundel, Songsters & Warblers.

The weather this morning was foul!!  However, I was determined I wasn't going to stay in all day, so I headed off for Pulborough Brooks.. it was dry when I arrived although uniformly grey.

Loads of songsters today and glad to hear a Cuckoo..

A Whitethroat greeted me singing away as I started around the reserve.

It was in chorus with this Greenfinch.

and a little while later, a Chaffinch was singing its song..

Nothing much happening that I could see... but I could hear a Cuckoo for sometime as I wandered..

As I walked up Adder Alley, a Blackbird gave voice.  I'd heard at least 3 nightingales by now, but they were well tucked away so no sightings today..

Goldfinches trilled..

Saw quite a few of these around the reserve.. this one not shy at all.

A bluebells added some welcome colour....

In the distance, a few Fallow Deer..

And one of the many wrens I saw and heard... just managed a quick shot before it shot off into the undergrowth..

By this time, the heavens had opened and it was chucking it down... and I was getting very very wet!  By the time I reached the car it had stopped and it still wasn't that late, so I went over to WWT Arundel.

After a cuppa and a quick bite to eat, I wandered through the 'collection' birds... these two looked rather cosy..

Many young ones about...

and a group of these rather strange looking birds.. no idea what they are...

Several Mallard chicks..

And many warblers in the reed beds, their song was constant, and this Sedge Warble was in competition for the best song with another Sedge!

A couple of Moorhends faced up and had a bit of a ding dong..

before indulging in some parallel walking!!

ANd..... woo hoo, a picture of a Cettis - my very first and probably never to be repeated.. rather pleased I got this!!

and to end.... lots of 'aw' for some Canada Geese goslings!


Frank said...

Nice to see all the songsters in full voice, especially the Sedge Warbler.

Congrats on bagging the Cetti's ... definitely a species more often heard than seen.

Tricia Ryder said...

Thanks Frank... a case of right place, right time... very rarely see the Cettis let alone enough to get a pic!!

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