Naturelog: 14th February

Posted: February 15, 2016 in Birds, Natural History, UK
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RSPB Pulborough Brooks in the Arun Valley

RSPB Pulborough Brooks in the Arun Valley

 

A chance to get out of London and spend a day with my local RSPB group at the RSPB reserve at Pulborough Brooks. The reserve is situated in the Arun river valley in West Sussex and consists of the traditional flood meadows of the river together with an area of heathland and woodland. I have visited here before but only in the summer to look for, or perhaps more accurately listen, for Nightengales.

Heathland and Woodlands at Pulborough Brooks reserve

Heathland and Woodlands at Pulborough Brooks reserve

I started with a short walk in the woodland. There were plenty of common small birds around and I was pleased to find a Goldcrest in the tree-tops.

Robin

Robin

 

Woodpigeon

Woodpigeon

From here I proceeded down into the river valley. It was quickly clear that, as has been the case all winter, the numbers of waterbirds are down this year. Wigeon were the commonest species along with Shoveller and some Pintail and Teal made up the species of duck seen.

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

 

Wading birds too were in low numbers, both in terms of species – only Lapwing and Snipe were seen, and in absolute numbers.

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

In previous winters, this has been a place to see White-fronted Geese and Bewick’s Swans, but neither has been reported here recently and only Canada Geese with a single Greylag were present. Despite the apparent lack of birds I still saw 48 species, which is a reasonable total for a day and it was a crisp sunny winter’s day for a nice walk in lovely countryside.

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Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Common Snipe [sp] (Gallinago gallinago)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Great Spotted Woodpecker [sp] (Dendrocopos major)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit [sp] (Periparus ater)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Stonechat [sp] (Saxicola rubicola)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Linnet [sp] (Carduelis cannabina)
Common Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

 

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