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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Saturday 2nd February SWW around West Sussex

5 of us met up at Swanbourne Lake Arundle, I was late due to trying to see the Angmering Waxwings that had departed by the time I got there. The group already had Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper on their list 2 I wanted to see!

A walk around the lake found 2 Firecrests, a singing Mistle Thrush.

A couple of Marsh Tits, no sign of the Mandarins, plenty of crossbred ducks plus Gadwall and Tufted Ducks
 Heading off to the Burgh we stopped off at Warningcamp for the 29 Bewick Swans.
and a distant Red Kite.

At the Burgh 10 Corn Buntings were near the triangle.

Also seen 2 more Red Kites, Buzzards, 2 Ravens, Merlin, Skylarks, more Corn Buntings and Grey Partridge.

Next stop was at Rackham for another Red Kite, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Longtailed Tits, and a mystery bird that ended up being a Buzzard but was thought at times to be anything from a Kestrel, Juv Goshawk, to a S.E. Owl.
Amberley Brooks being well and truly flooded.

Next stop at Pulborough Brooks for the easiest Water Rail in Sussex

 Also a Song Thrush getting in on the meal worms put out for Wally.
Our last stop was a Coldwaltham, stopping at the sewage works found a Grwey and Pied Wagtail, 2 - 3 over wintering Chiff Chaffs. On the Brooks 3 Barn Owls

also a flock of Linnets but the bird of the day at dusk was the Ringtail Hen Harrier coming into roost.
Another good day with great company.

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