(WWT Arundel wetlands)
Leader: Paul Sparkes
Participants: PS, JS, GS, MLS, CS.
Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Mute Swan, Puna Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Smew, Mandarin Duck, Common Eider, Magpie Goose, Falcated Duck, White-faced Whistling Duck, Chestnut Teal, Red Shoveler, Rosybill, Coscoroba Swan, Philippine Duck, Chiloe Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Hawaiian Goose, Eurasian Common Scoter, Canvasback, Buttlehead, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Little Grebe, Pheasant, Lapwing, Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Swallows, House and Sand Martins, Green Woodpecker.
The day starts with a nice drive through the country-side in the south of England, we reach Arundel by 11am and park the car near the castle. A slow walk along the stream gives us plenty to photo, here there are Mallards with there chicks and also in the middle of the stream a nest with three moorhen chicks being fed by there mother. Further along above the trees we see a Buzzard soaring in the wind.
The wetlands are full of many variety’s of ducks and geese the colors are fantastic, we walk slowly through the paths in and out of the reeds, as we do so ducks appear from everywhere. The weather is kind to us today nice and sunny to show off the birds and the surrounding flora, the trees are all different colors of greens and browns and so tall, one thing we miss living in our part of Spain!
We pass a small group of people and chat for a while, a lady tells us that there is a nest of Little Grebe on the Lilly’s ahead of us if we look hard we should see it, also she tells us how the Little Grebe has suffered here in the past two years because of the Coots, so she is happy to see the nest this year. We pass on deep into the wetlands and come across a nesting Swan, as we pass slowly she stands to reveal six eggs, after she moves them a little see sits and watches us move on. Ahead of us in the path no more than ten meters is a female Pheasant she kindly stands still long enough for us to take a few pic’s then of f into the grass she goes.
After a short walk we come to an open area of water and grass beds with plenty of birds to look at, we take a seat in the hide and watch as the birds come and go. Our next stop is a small wooded area to one side of the wetlands here we see a Green Woodpecker climbing up a tree. Time is passing on so we make our way back to the car but first stop in the town for tea and a sandwich.
On our way home we pass many wooded areas their floors covered in Bluebells and with the sun shinning through the trees it makes a great end to the day.