Sunday, 8 April 2012

Snipets of Sussex

A few days birding around Sussex during the Easter week were fairly quiet, but very enjoyable. First stop was a sunny Pagham on Wednesday, which was very quiet with the usual waders and ducks around; none the less a lovely day! The Little Egrets were calling from their usual colony location in the trees at the end of the North Wall, and there were some lovely Black-Tailed Godwits in their smart summer plumage.

Black-Tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa

A visit to Pulborough Brooks on Good Friday turned up a few unusual species , in the form of some Barnacle Geese and a lone Pink-Footed Goose, leaving it late to return to it's breeding grounds!

Pink-footed Goose, Anser brachyrhynchus with Barnacle Goose, Branta leucopsis

There were also two Little Ringed Plovers out on the North Brooks, along with Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Widgeon, Lapwing and others. The trees were alive with the songs of Blackcap, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff as well as some nuthatches setting up territories and showing very well, including this rather fluffy individual.

Eurasian Nuthatch, Sitta europaea

Two Egyptian Geese also put in an appearance, before the tame Water Rail posed in the sun outside the visitor centre!

Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus
Water Rail, Rallus aquaticus

No comments:

Post a Comment