Posted by: atowhee | October 2, 2012


We spent some rainy hours birding at the Pulborough Brooks Royal Society for Protection of Birds Reserve in West Sussex. I picked up a couple of British lifers: Pectoral Sandpiper and Ruff. The reserve is forest, downs and marshland along the Arun River northwest of Brighton and a few miles upland from the English Channel to the south.
Correct spelling: Pulburough, one “r.”

Northern Lapwings are wonderful, dashing shorebirds with large black and white wings that circle low to the ground when disturbed. They are present year-round at Pulborough.
There were more Common Snipe feeding in the short grass and sedges than I’ve ever seen in one place before. At least two dozen. They are about the same size and habits as the American Wilson’s Snipe with which they share a genus.
Little Egret, much like the American Snowy Egret.
Highland cattle are often used in wildlife areas here to keep down weeds that most livestock will not touch. And they’re a handsome addition to the scenery.
Tawny deer are now present in the hundreds. They first escaped from the nearby Parham Estate in 1987 when a legendary wind storm knocked down a big tree that smashed a wall and let about twenty deer escape.

Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve, West Sussex, GB-ENG. Oct 2, 2012 1:00 PM. 28 species. Canada Goose X
Mute Swan X
Eurasian Wigeon X
Mallard X
Northern Shoveler X
Green-winged Teal X
Gray Heron X
Little Egret X
Eurasian Moorhen X
Northern Lapwing X
Green Sandpiper X
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Ruff X
Common Snipe X
Black-headed Gull X
Common Wood-Pigeon X
Eurasian Magpie X
Eurasian Jackdaw X
Carrion Crow X
Common House-Martin X
Great Tit X
Eurasian Blue Tit X
Eurasian Nuthatch X
European Robin X
Eurasian Blackbird X
European Starling X
White Wagtail X
European Goldfinch X

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