Spoonbill and fawns in the South Downs

It was a lovely morning of birding at Pulborough Brooks, guiding James and his dad. We recorded 56 species of bird, including a typically slumbering Spoonbill on the North Brooks. After a while it woke up and started feeding enthusiastically. This is a scarce bird in the South Downs National Park, so a real treat to watch!

Spoonbill

Other highlights included a Little Ringed Plover picking along the shoreline, a couple of Avocets, a croaking Nightingale, a noisy family of Green Woodpeckers, and hordes of Sand Martins and House Martins.

Roe Deer and fawn

Bullfinches flitted over the path, while Nuthatches and Treecreepers occasionally revealed themselves among gangs of young Long-tailed Tits, and Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats and Blackcaps were still in good voice.

Treecreeper

A female Roe Deer quietly led her two fawns through the marsh, while Marbled Whites and Small/Essex Skippers flitted by the side of the path as the day warmed up.

Red Admiral
juvenile Stonechat