Time well spent – Arundel

By: snowgood

Feb 21 2020

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Category: birds, Sussex

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Focal Length:4.25mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:iPhone 11

Life serves up numerous surprises.

Perhaps I should rephrase that.

My life seems to serve up numerous surprises.

  1. If you drive a BMW you don’t expect a flash Mini as a courtesy car.
  2. You end up “loving” a car you thought would be simply style over substance.
  3. When you try to give it back the following day you’re asked to keep it a bit longer!
  4. You’ve no local calls (they were all done yesterday) and you need to lose an hour.
  5. The local WWT Arundel Reserve is shut (and you’ve forgotten your early start).
  6. No binoculars on board – so watching birds looks like being a disappointment.
  7. First in gets to see all the birds before the public shoos them away.
  8. Hearing the joyous call of a Lapwing – PeeWit!
  9. Looking into a woven arbor and eyeballing Goldcrest at less than 2 paces.
  10. Hearing the “plop” of a water vole that jumps into the water beside the boardwalk.

These are a few of my favourite surprises in the last 24 hours.

Not to mention the joy of soaking up nature without the encumbrance of optical equipment (just relying on the Mk1 eyeball).

Wild bird sightings at WWT Arundel (and environs).

Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Geese, Chaffinch (all female!)Coot, Cormorant, Crow, Feral Pigeon, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Greylag Geese, Lapwing, Magpie, Mallard, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Pheasant, Raven, Robin, Rook, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Wood Pigeon, Wren.

Species heard but not seen.

Blackcap, Water Vole (once heard and seen you can’t mistake the sound of them plopping into water).


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