Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Bramber Brooks, Patching and Goring Gap

I checked out Bramber Brooks for the first time this morning, logging a Cetti's Warbler, three Snipe, a Reed Bunting, a Stonechat, a Kestrel and two Green Woodpeckers among the birds encountered.

male Stonechat at Bramber Brooks

Patching was rewarding, with two Siberian Chiffchaffs performing superbly with five nominate Chiffchaffs. The pond was the busiest I've ever seen it, with a Great Crested Grebe, a drake Mallard, two Coots and a Moorhen! A Firecrest, a singing Treecreeper, a Yellowhammer and two Bullfinches were among the other species noted.

Siberian Chiffchaffs at Patching

Great Crested Grebe at Patching

Goring Gap was only visited briefly, with four adult Mediterranean Gulls, c500 Common Gulls and five Skylarks the best.