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Visit to Pagham cut short!

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Yesterday I visited Pagham harbour and Church Norton. Whilst the weather was not great on the journey there, I was hoping it would brighten up later on in the day. Well I was wrong and my mum and I got soaking wet!

Starting of at RSPB Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, I had a quick look to see what was on Ferry Pool. There was 2 avocets swishing there beaks from side to side in the water, catching tiny morsels before they flew off. 2 Common Terns were sat on the ground, beside the water. They elegantly lifted into the air before flying around, with one landing on a pole.

Also there were a couple of Lapwing, Shelduck and Black-Tailed Godwit. We then drove to Church Norton, which is when the weather took a turn for the worse! Battling the wind we tried to walk along the beach, whilst keeping a look out out to sea for anything that could be passing by. A few cormorants coming in to land was the best species I could see. However a pair of Wheatear I spotted on the beach, proved difficult to …

Happy Easter!

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As the weather was ok and there was no rain on the forecast yesterday I spent a couple of hours at the Old Lodge, a Sussex Wildife Trust nature reserve in Ashdown Forest.


Having been there before I decided to visit again and I wasn't disappointed! From the car park we walked a big circuit around the reserve. Bird song was at its peak with chiffchaff heard all across the reserve. As we walked along the top, past many bright yellow gorse bushes, we reached a wooded area. As I scanned around I noticed a flick of bright orange and as I looked closer I realised it was a beautiful male redstart, my first of the year!

Walking further along my attention was caught by a brown streaky bird which was perched on a tree alongside the path, as it moved into view I could see that the bird was a Tree Pipit. Also around were 2 or 3 treecreeper which moved from one trunk to another, coming quite close to me at one point. A chaffinch also was perched up on a tree as it called quite loudly.

Around ha…

Second visit to Millers Wood

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At the weekend I visited Millers Wood, near Handcross in West Sussex for the second time (see my blog on the first time I visited here: (https://myathebirder.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/bird-photography-workshop-with-john.html) to photograph the many species of birds that visit the photography hides built by the owner and photographer, John Stanton.

It is a great place because it offers a reflection pool, many feeding stations and cosy hides with one even being heated with a wood-burner! This time my aim was to try and photograph the Crossbills which now visit quite regularly, but unfortunately when I was there they didn't come to drink from the reflection pool. However with species such as Great Spotted Woodpeckers coming down frequently I managed to get some photos I was pleased with. Another bonus was that I saw a brambling for the first time, a bird that I had been trying to see for a while!








I would thoroughly recommend having a look at John's site and visiting Miller's Woo…

First ringing session this year and my first goldeneye!

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The weekend before last I went up to Cissbury Ring for my first ringing session of the year. It was very foggy and you couldn't see into the fields that surround the main path!


Walking up the path I managed to see a glimpse of a Yellowhammer which was surprising as I normally just hear them singing. It was quite a quiet morning however catching a Redwing was a surprise as it was only the second for the site this Winter. Also 2 Long-tailed Tits were nice to see up close in the hand.


Overall we caught 18 birds, consisting of 15 new birds (un-ringed birds) and 3 retraps (ringed birds). Moving on to this weekend, I went for a walk at the Old Lodge Nature Reserve in Ashdown Forest. It was a lovely walk and I saw 4 Stonechat, a Kestrel, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Redpoll.


After seeing the sighting on social media on the way back I stopped off at Weirwood Reservoir to see the drake Goldeneye that had been seen there. With help from a fellow birder I managed to see the Goldeneye, a lifer fo…

World Wildlife Day

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Although its a day late I thought I would write a post about World Wildlife Day. On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. This year the theme was "Listen to the Young Voices," something that I believe we should be doing more.
Wildlife has a played a big part in my life so far. Whether it be birdwatching, having the privilege of seeing birds up close whilst bird ringing or just generally appreciating the wildlife we are lucky to have. Therefore I want to make sure that I make a difference in my lifetime by inspiring the next generation, raising awareness of why its so important we protect our wildlife and supporting as many causes related to wildlife as I can.

'How can we make sure our wildlife is …

Back to Where My Interest Begun and Visiting Seven Sisters

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Seeing as I haven't posted in a while I thought I would write two blog posts in one. On Sunday I spent a couple of hours at Warnham Local Nature Reserve in Horsham, West Sussex and on Monday I visited Cuckmere and Seven Sisters Country Park.


Warnham LNR is actually where my interest in wildlife grew as it was the first nature reserve that I visited and one that I frequently (nearly every weekend) spent time at a few years ago. As I hadn't been to Warnham for a while I spent a couple of hours there to see what was going on.


Visiting the first hide, that has lots of feeders that attract quite a few common birds, Blue, Coal, Great and Long-Tailed Tits were regularly visiting the feeders and Reed Buntings fed on the fallen seed on the ground. As I was going to leave the hide, a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew down from a tree and clung onto the tree trunk, poking its head into where the suet had been hidden. At this time of the year it is a great time to listen for Woodpeckers drumm…

Pulborough in the Snow!

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Last weekend I visited RSPB Pulborough Brooks, it was extremely cold and to my surprise it was quite heavily snowing, hard to believe now its nearly a week later, and it feels like spring! 
We started off at the visitor centre where a variety of garden birds where visiting the feeders, including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits and House Sparrow. Walking down the path to the first hide a small mammal scurried along the path in front of me, with a white underside and long, slinky body it was Stoat, my first sighting of one in the wild! It appeared on the other side of the hedge it had scurried underneath and posed nicely on a log, unfortunately the light was terrible and there were twigs in the way for a good photo!
In the hide the usual culprits were showing relatively nicely, Wigeon, Shelduck, Teal and lots of Canada Geese! I did expect to see some Snipe but none were hiding, that I could see anyway, in the grass. On a couple of trees in the distance two Peregrine were perched…