On Wednesday we took a drive southwards into Sussex and spent a couple of hours gently strolling around the Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve. Plenty of human activity with small parties of school children enjoying the fresh air but the birds weren't initially interested in showing themselves although the songs of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Wren, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock and Whitethroat were ever present around the reserve.
View across the brooks towards Pulborough.
With the assistance of another visitor and only by using the scope I was able to locate a hazy view of a white shape about half a mile away; very long neck and legs preening while partly hidden in a ditch; that eventually lead me to ID a Great White Egret. Closer but still out of camera range was a Greenshank, the only wader apart from a few Lapwing. In addition to the usual Mute Swans, Canada Geeese, Grey Heron, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen and Shelduck we also spied a resting male Nothern Pintail.
At two different locations we stopped and enjoyed the beautiful song of three Nightingales and snatched a brief glimpse of one individual as it moved from one hidden song post to another. A single Swallow passed through and three House Martins were a new sighting for this year. The predominant butterfly was Orange Tip but as usual they were constantly on the wing and never perched for a closer inspection.
Jackdaw who didn't want his face in print!
Singing male Chaffinch.
A pleasant trip out ended with views of Fallow Deer grazing on the damp meadow with the sounds of Skylark singing high overhead. Wishing everyone a good wildlife weekend. FAB.