Friday, 26 October 2012

The Burgh

Scotney Pits - 0930hrs - Cool, overcast, drizzle, ne3 - With plenty of standing water on the fields beside the pits it was no surprise that there were good numbers of Wigeons, Teal, Lapwings, Common Gulls, and Starlings probing for food; also, 75 Barnacle Geese, 12 hybrids, 10 Curlews, 10 Redshanks, 5 Dunlins, 4 Mipits and 2 Skylarks. Further along the road, into Sussex, 60 Golden Plovers on the point.
The Burgh, West Sussex  - 1200hrs - Spent the afternoon at a downland site near Arundel, renowned for farmland birds and raptors. Despite being intensively farmed most fields had broad headlands planted out with game cover. There was also several large stubble fields and a small wood atop the hill. Even though the weather was awful (cold with drizzle) we still managed plenty of finches, three species of buntings, Grey Partridges, Skylarks, Mipits and winter thrushes, plus Jay, Buzzard, Merlin and Kestrel.

                                          The Burgh, West Sussex

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