Pulborough in the Snow!

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!

Stoat
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 which was nice to see, maybe a pair?


Male Teal
Walking along the path a Robin perched nicely on a wooden pole and with the snow falling quite heavily I managed to get this photo. I tried to create a different composition by having the Robin at the bottom of the photo so the snow surrounded it.

Robin in a flurry of snow
In the fields of the reserve there were plenty of Fieldfare hopping along as well as a few Redwing and Song Thrush. Further along, from one of the view points, I spotted quite a few Pintail and Shoveler. However it was unusual to not spot any Black-Tailed Godwit, maybe its something to do with the high water levels at the reserve?

After a 2 mile walk around the reserve it was a relief to get back into the warmth of the visitor centre!


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