Bird Group Outing to Pulborough Brooks RSPB on 12th April 2015

Seven members set off at 9:30AM on a bright sunny but breezy day with previousnightingalely reported Scarce (Yellow Legged)Tortoiseshell butterfly and Nightingales being high on the “to look for” list.

The rare butterfly was not reported that day, but Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Brimstone were seen. Some of the party only stayed until lunch time, and up to that point the Nightingales had been elusive. For those who remained for another walk around this changed in the afternoon with one Nightingale singing, and a bird appeared on the path, long enough for some to get quick record shot photos. The highlights of the morning were a male White Wagtail, and excellent close views of 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Blackcaps were singing and seen, a Willow Warbler singing showed very well, and Chiffchaffs were everywhere.

The eventual list was 2+ Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag & Canada Geese, Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk which showed well being mobbed by corvids. Kestrel, Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark. Nettleys hide in the afternoon produced some hirundines – Sand Martin, Swallow and House Martin. Singing Song Thrush, Treecreeper & Nuthatch and usual tits. Jay, Magpie, Rook, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet plus usual Blackbirds, Wren, Robin etc.

There were herds of Fallow deer, and 7 spot ladybirds on the fresh nettle leaves.

The day finished with a respectable total of 50 bird species, with the highlight being the Nightingale.

By Bob Johnson

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