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Jack snipe at Ramsar & kingfishers courting

Jack snipe at Ramsar & kingfishers courting

A pair of kingfishers have been very active on Arun Riverlife lagoon this week. They have been investigating holes on the nesting bank, perching in front of it and in the trees around the lagoon and on the roof of the visitor centre. The pair have been calling to each other and the male was spotted wood offering the female a fish while sitting in the dogwood just outside the Warden’s and Keeper’s office. We are asking visitors to help us monitor kingfisher behaviour again this year by recording their observations on cards available in the visitor centre. We are also monitoring the behaviour of lapwings on the same Wildlife Observation cards. A pair have been seen at the Lapwing hide and we had 12 lapwing break off from a larger passing flock to land on the new islands near the Ramsar hide yesterday. We hope to see at least 8 pairs end up nesting on our wet grassland this year. Look for more lapwing arriving and their display flights to begin, with swooping and diving displays and slide whistle pee-wit calls. Some snipe have returned to the fen cut at the Ramsar hide. Our media volunteer Andy Burns photographed 2 common snipe and a jack snipe there on Wednesday afternoon. Wed 16 Feb Arun Riverlife: 4 pochard (2 pairs) Wetland Discovery: 2 pochard (1 pair) Lapwing hide: 2 lapwing Ramsar hide: 1 jacksnipe, 2 common snipe, 12 lapwing (afternoon) Wed 15 Feb Ramsar/Sand martin hides: 2 shelducks, 51 black-headed gulls, 10 herring gull, 2 Mediterranean gulls, 4 male and 2 female mallards, 1 greylag goose, 2 Canada geese, 1 pair teal, 1 water rail Pelican Cove: 1 pair of pochard Wetland Discovery: 1 male and 2 female pochards Arun Riverlife lagoon: 1 male pochard Reedbed hide: 1 little grebe Reedbed hide: 1 marsh harrier at 11.50 am Tues 14 Feb Lapwing hide: 1 coot, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 2 moorhens, 2 shelducks, 2 Canada geese Arun Riverlife lagoon: 2 kingfishers -very active, calling, feeding behaviour. Mon 13 Feb Pelican Cove: 5 pochard (2 pairs) Arun Riverlife: 2 pochard (1 pair) Wetland Discovery: 1 pochard, 2 coots, 1 pheasant, 8 mallards, 4 Canada geese, 1 moorhen, 1 green woodpecker Ramsar and sand Martin hides: 51 common gull Sun 12 Feb Arun Riverlife: 25 Canada geese, 4 coots, 7 tufted ducks, 1 shoveler, 9 mallards, 40 black0headed gulls, 2 kingfishers calling and active Ramsar hide: 2 lapwings, 1 lesser black-backed gull, and 10 common gull Wetland Discovery: 2 pochards Sat 11 Feb Poplars by the lapwing hide: 7 goldfinches Scrape hide: 1 snipe Sussex screen: 1 bullfinch Arun Riverlife: 2 kingfishers active and calling Wood loop: 1 water rail, 4 pheasants, 2 moorhen, 7 blue tits, 1 long tailed tit, 4 dunnock, 5 chaffinch, 1 goldfinch Fri 10 Feb Wood Loop: 5 chaffinch, 2 goldfinch, 1 bullfinch, 12 blue tits Arun Riverlife: 4 pochards, 4 shelducks, 3 pairs of tufted ducks, 2 kingfishers investigate hole five

Teal & lapwing back on Arun lagoon as project finishes

Teal & lapwing back on Arun lagoon as project finishes

The Arun Lagoon Project is almost complete. Water has been allowed to slowly flow back into the lagoon since Fri 4 Feb and already birds are moving in. Good numbers of Lapwing have returned (110), eight Mediterranean Gulls are also present amongst other gull species and the first Oystercatcher appeared on Arun Riverlife on Monday morning, Feb 8. The warmer weather has the wildlife convinced that spring is here already! Everywhere you look a couple of birds are jostling for territory or partners, carrying nest material, or generally being a little over amorous for this time of year! A kingfisher was spotted in the trees of the entry reedbed last Friday where Warden Emma Jacobs got this photo (above). There has also been sightings along the long path and perched up near the nesting bank on Arun Riverlife. The highlight of bird sightings over the past month has been a Glossy Ibis that was visible from the Scrape Hide for well over a week and is still making the odd appearance. There have been six of them at Pagham Harbour, which of course is very close as the bird flies. Teal and Shoveler numbers are good and with everyone now in their best plumage, displays from males are attracting more attention from females. Wed 10 Feb Wood Loop feeders: 6 blue tits, 4 chaffinches, 3 greenfinches, 2 goldfinches, 3 moorhens, 1 great tit, 1 firecrest (mid-morning in trees by stag beetle pile) Arun Riverlife: 1 kingfisher on perch at nesting bank Ramsar hide: 20 teal, 3 tufted ducks Scrape hide: 2 grey herons, 8 little egrets Tues 9 Feb Scrape hide: 4 gadwall, 8 teal, 23 shoveler, 5 Canada geese, 3 coots, 6 mallards, 9 snipe, 1 shelduck Arun Riverlife: 1 kingfisher also on long path Wetland Discovery: a pair of pochards Ramsar & Sand Martin hide: 5 lapwing Mon 8 Feb Arun Riverlife lagoon: 1 oystercatcher Pond opposite waterfall exhibit: 1 tree creeper, 1 water rail, 1 green woodpecker Ramsar & Sand martin hide: 6 mallards, 12 Canada geese, 2 shelducks, 44 teal, 110 lapwing, 2 greylag geese, 186 black-headed gulls, 2 moorhens, 42 common gull, 8 Mediterranean gulls Sun 7 Feb Lapwing hide: 6 Canada geese, 2 pairs of mallards, 2 pairs of pheasants, 1 moorhen Pelican Cove: 3 male and 5 female pochard Sat 6 Feb Wetland Discovery area: 4 male and 2 female mallards, 3 coots, 2 Canada geese, 2 male and 1 female tufted duck, 30 mixed flock of siskin and goldfinches Sand martin hide: 15 lapwing on shingle island, 44 male and 32 female teal Pelican cove: 2 pairs of pochard Arun Riverlife: 2 male pochards Fri 5 Feb Arun Riverlife: 55 black-headed gulls, 1 grey heron, 6 coots, 11 male and 5 female mallards, 3 male and 2 female tufted ducks, 1 shelduck, 25 Canada geese, Pelican cove: 1 female pochard

Flock of lapwing & a flush of snipe

Flock of lapwing & a flush of snipe

Our wardens spotted the glossy ibis back at the Scrape hide on Monday morning at 8 am. That was the last recorded sighting of it here onsite. Monday’s warm sun also brought a red admiral butterfly out of hibernation along the reedbed boardwalk among the carr woodland. On Thursday fifty lapwing landed on Arun Riverlife lagoon briefly in the morning before taking to the air. Wardens also flushed up 60 snipe while working in the area. The contractors are just finishing up the edging in front of the Sand martin and Ramsar hides this week so we will slowly start reintroducing water to the lagoon project over the weekend. Water levels are higher already with overnight showers making large ponds attracting coots, shoveler, mallards and black-headed gulls. Plenty of ducks pairing up for spring, particularly from the Scrape hide. Rumours that some grey herons might be nest building out there too! Daily sightings by WWT Reserve wardens These sightings target site locations on a rotating basis on a morning walk-through of the site. Wed 2 Feb Scrape hide: 10 male and 3 female shoveler, 2 coots, 7 pairs of teal, 1 pair of shelducks, 6 male and 2 female mallards, 6 greylag geese,45 Canada geese, 1 grey heron, 1 male and 2 female gadwall, 2 moorhen Arun Riverlife: 2 pair of pochard Tues 1 Feb Ramsar & Sand martin hides: 1 woodpigeon, 2 black-headed gulls, 1 pair of shelducks, 1 moorhen, 1 pair of mallards, and 1 pair of shoveler Arun Riverlife: 3 pairs of pochards Reedbed: 1 marsh harrier at 4.20pm Mon 31 Jan Scrape hide: 1 glossy ibis in fen cut at 8 am Arun Riverlife: 14 snipe, flushed Pelican Cove: 1 pair of pochard Sussex screen: 1 mandarin duck Reedbed: 1 admiral butterfly. Sun 30 Jan Pelican Cove: 3 pochards Wetland Discovery: 2 coots, 6 Canada geese, 10 mallards, 1 kingfisher, 4 tufted ducks Sat 29 Jan Arun Riverlife: 16 Canada geese, 34 mallards, 11 shelducks, 4 greylag, 2 mute swans, 1 kingfisher, 6 pochard, 18 tufted ducks, 4 coots, 3 moorhens, 44 black-headed gulls, 1 gadwall, 4 snipe, 1 grey heron Ramsar & Sand martin hide: 1 greenshank Fri 28 Jan Scrape hide: 1 grey heron, 1 cormorant, 11 Canada geese, 4 pairs of shoveler, 14 teal, 2 shelducks, 4 coots, 1 moorhen, 12 mallards, and 2 wigeon Wood loop: 8 blue tits, 1 water rail, 4 pheasants, 3 sparrows, 4 chaffinches Arun Riverlife: 4 pochards, 5 Canada geese, 7 male and 4 female tufted ducks, 2 greylag geese, 1 pair of shoveler, 5 mallards, 1 kingfisher Thurs 27 Jan Ramsar hide: 2 shelducks, 4 male and 7 female teal Reedbed hide: 1 Cetti’s warbler, 2 mallards, 1 water rail Reedbed: 1 firecrest, 3 blue tits, 2 wood pigeon, 1 vole, 1 blackbird, 2 robins Arun Riverlife lagoon: 50 lapwing landed on Arun Riverlife briefly, 60 snipe flushed up on Arun Riverlife

Glossy ibis drops in for a long visit

Glossy ibis drops in for a long visit

A glossy ibis dropped into the fen at the left hand side of the Scrape hide last Sunday morning and has been spotted there off and on this week. We are seeing the ibis in the mornings and late afternoons to roost and it seems to be ranging about during the day. Thanks to visitor Daniel Boon for the photo. The last glossy ibis we had onsite at Arundel was nine years ago on March 31, 2013. Glossy ibis were once a rarity in UK but in recent years there have been several national influxes according to Sussex Ornithological Society. The glossy ibis used to only breed in the Balkans and Black Sea states but they now breed in Spain and are moving into Southern France. Daily sightings by WWT Reserve wardens These sightings target site locations on a rotating basis on a morning walk-through of the site. Wed 26 Jan Arun Riverlife lagoon: 2 pochards, 2 mute swans Scrape hide: 1 glossy ibis, 2 wigeon, 2 gadwall, 12 Canada geese, 2 shelducks, 9 mallards, 12 shovelers Tues 25 Jan Arun Riverlife: 5 pochards Ramsar & Sand martin hide: 1 carrion crow, 2 black-headed gulls, 1 blackbird, 12 mallards, 1 teal Old Trumpeter Pen: 3 water rail Scrape hide: 1 glossy ibis, 1 wigeon, 14 shovelers, and 2 shelducks. Mon 24 Jan Scrape hide: 1 glossy ibis, roosted overnight and was there in afternoon again Sun 23 Jan Wetland Discover: 3 pheasants, 3 mallards, 6 Canada geese, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 1 coot Arun Riverlife: 6 pochards in three pairs Reedbed: 1 glossy ibis at 9.30 am Scrape hide: 1 glossy ibis at 4.30 pm Sat 22 Jan Arun Riverlife: 16 male and 9 female mallards, 11 shelducks, 2 mute swans, 14 Canada geese, 3 male and 2 female pochards, 2 male and 3 female tufted ducks, 2 coots, 1 little grebe, 4 moorhens Scrape hide: a pair of wigeon Reedbed: a great spotted woodpecker Wood loop: 1 water rail Fri 21 Jan Arun Riverlife: 12 shelducks, 2 teal Long path crossroads: 1 kingfisher female fishing Wood Loop: 3 pheasants, 2 wood pigeons, 1 water rail, 3 moorhens, 14 blue tits, 3 great tits, 2 dunnocks, 1 robin, 3 chaffinch Thurs 22 Jan Scrape Hide: 3 male and 2 female shoveler, 41 Canada geese, a pair of teal, 14 mallards, 2 coots, 1 moorhen Sand martin hide: 2 lapwing Long path: 1 kingfisher Wood Loop: 7 blue tits, 2 chaffinch, 1 water rail, 2 sparrows Arun Riverlife: 9 coots, 2 moorhens, 7 Canada geese, 6 greylag, 13 shelducks, 4 tufted ducks, 1 pair of pochard, 1 mallards

Shelduck and teal numbers up

Shelduck and teal numbers up

There is still an abundance of stonechats on and around the wet grassland, redwing and goldfinch amongst the hedgerows and egrets (both little and cattle) roosting in trees from dusk onwards. The odd wigeon is making an appearance from the Scrape Hide and shelduck and teal numbers are increasing on site. Keep an eye out for bullfinch, goldcrest and firecrest amongst hedgerows and wooded areas, and an ear out for the sound of water rail and Cetti’s warbler singing all over the place.Daily sightings by WWT Reserve wardensThese sightings are done target locations on a rotating basis on a morning walk through of the site.Wed 19 JanScrape hide: 10 greylag geese, 55 Canada geese, 8 male and 4 female teal, 11 male and 4 female shoveler, a pair of shelducksTranquil Trail: 1 bullfinchArun Riverlife: 3 male pochardsTues 18 JanRamsar and Sand Martin hide: 2 carrion crow, 1 moorhen, 1 black-headed gullArun Riverlife: 5 tufted ducks, 2 greylag geese, 20 Canada geese, 4 coots, 1 moorhen, 8 mallards, and 12 black-headed gulls.Long path: 2 robins, 2 bullfinchesMon 17 JanLapwing hide: 3 pairs of mallardsWildlife garden: 2 snipeScrape hide: 24 male and 22 female teal, 7 male and 5 female shoveler, 1 male and 2 female pochards, 2 male and 3 female wigeonSun 16 Jan Wetland Discovery area: 8 blue tits, 8 wood pigeons, 2 song thrush, 1 blackbird, 1 cootScrape hide: 20 teal, 3 shelduck, 12 shovelerArun Riverlife: 2 pochard, 12 tufted ducksWetland Discovery area: 19 mallard, 4 Canada geese, 3 pheasants, 1 moorhen, 1 robin, 5 goldfinchesSat 15 JanArun Riverlife: 9 shelducks, 44 Canada geese, 3 pochard, 7 greylag geese, 26 mallards, 12 coots, 3 moorhen, 27 black-headed gulls, 7 tufted ducks, 1 grey heron, 5 snipeSand martin hide: 10 shoveler, 1 little grebeFri 14 JanScrape Hide: 8 Canada geese, 4 greylag geese, 1 grey heron, 5 mallards, and 1 cootWood loop: 2 pheasants, 2 chaffinch, 2 water rail, 10 blue titsArun Riverlife lagoon: 1 grey heron, 2 tufted ducks, 24 Canada geese, 16 greylag geese, 2 shelducksThurs 13 JanWood loop: 1 water rail, 2 pheasants, 10 blue tits, 2 chaffinches, 3 sparrowArun Riverlife: 28 Canada geese, 22 greylag geese, 1 grey heron, 2 shelducks, 2 tufted ducks.Scrape Hide: 8 Canada geese, 4 greylag geese, 1 grey heron, 5 mallards, and 1 cootWood loop: 2 pheasants, 2 chaffinch, 2 water rail, 10 blue tits

Water rail at three spots onsite

Water rail at three spots onsite

Our Media volunteer Andrew Burns spotted water rail at three places yesterday (Wed 12 Jan). There were two water rail in the old Trumpeter Pen on the approach to the Scrape hide, one to the left of the Lapwing hide and the water rail that frequents the Wood Loop, featured in Andy’s photo above. Little egrets and cattle egrets have moved their afternoon roost to the willows at the back of waters of the Scrape hide. They have moved away from the Ramsar hide, put off the habitat regeneration works underway there. Unfortunately the team has been hampered by wet weather and machinery problems so the Arun Lagoon project is scheduled to be complete by the end of January. For details of the project click this link. Daily sightings by WWT Reserve wardens These sightings are done target locations on a rotating basis on a morning walk through of the site. Wed 12 Jan Scrape hide: 7 male and 3 female mallards, 2 coots, 1 pair shelducks, 1 male and 2 female shoveler, 2 male and 2 female teal, 1 gadwall, 8 Canada geese, 6 male and 1 female teal, 2 water rail on approach pond Wood loop: 1 water rail Lakes and Forests exhibit: 1 song thrush Tues 11 Jan Arun Rverlife: 5 pochard Sand Martin hide: 5 teal, 4 mallards, 1 coot Scrape hide: 1 wigeon Mon 10 Jan Wet Grassland: 1 pair mallards, 1 pair stonechats Wetland Discovery: 1 cormorant Front pond: 1 water rail Approach to Scrape hide: 1 water rail Sun 9 Jan Wetland Discovery: 7 male and 5 female mallards, 2 coots, 1 grey herons, 2 male and 4 female tufted ducks, 5 greylag geese, 1 red kite Scrape hide: 6 cattle egrets, 3 shoveler ducks, 1 male wigeon, 1 water rail (in pond on approach) Woodloop: 1 water rail Arun Riverlife: 1 little grebe Sat 8 Jan Arun Riverlife: 4 male and 3 female shelducks, 2 pairs of pochards, 1 pair gadwall, 1 kingfisher, 3 greylag geese, 1 cormorant, 17 male and 4 female mallard, 10 Canada geese, 4 moorhens, 2 coots, 4 black-headed gulls, 5 tufted ducks, 2 little grebes, 2 pairs of teal Scrape hide: 1 male mandarin, 4 male and 2 female teal, 1 female shoveler Fri 7 Jan Wood Loop: 3 great tits, 1 moorhen, 3 female pheasant, 8 blue tit, 1 robin, 2 dunnock Sand Martin hide: 9 male and 2 female teal, a pair of shelducks, Scrape hide: 1 grey heron, 3 shoveler, 3 male and 1 female wigeon, 1 kingfisher Wet grassland: 1 red kite Sat 6 Jan Scrape hide: 2 male and 2 feamle shoveler, 9 greylag geese, 1 grey heron, 3 mallards, 1 teal Arun Riverlife: 42 Canada geese, 13 greylag geese, 2 shelduck Wood loop:1 moorhen, 12 blue tits,1 sparrow, 1 long-tailed tit, 1 water rail

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Swans and ducks took last week's spring-like weather to heart and engaged in territory battles and mating behaviours. The cold weather this week has cooled things down a bit with birds back focused on feeding and staying warm. Listed here are recent sightings by WWT staff who survey a different area of our site each day. Sightings listed are a snapshot of what is in the area at the time: Wed 5 Jan Arun Riverlife: 4 pochard Scrape hide: 1 kingfisher, 1 blue tit, 1 wren, 1 grey heron, 1 water rail, 2 shelducks, 1 teal, 11 Canada geese, 29 mallards, 13 shoveler, 2 greylag, 1 coot Tues 4 Jan Ramsar & Sand martin hides: 4 moorhens, 1 black-headed gull, 29 teal, 4 mallards, 2 shelducks, 1 Cetti’s warbler. Mon 3 Jan Lapwing hide: 5 male and 3 female mallards, 1 male and 2 female teal Reedbed hide: 1 Cetti’s warbler Arun Riverlife: 1 male and 3 female pochards. Sun 2 Jan Arun Riverlife: 3 pochards Wetland Discovery: 14 mallards, 6 coots,3 blackbirds, 3 goldfinch, 1 song thrush, 2 Canada geese, 1 kingfisher, 3 redwings, 1 dunnock, 1 bullfinch, 1 robin Sat 1 Jan Arun Riverlife: 13 black-headed gull, 12 greylag geese, 25 Canada geese, 13 tufted ducks, 1 pochard,4 shelducks, 6 moorhen, 10 coots, 1 little grebe, 41 mallards, 1 grey heron, 1 gadwall Scrape hide: 1 wigeon. 34 Canada geese, 1 nuthatch

Great egret & cattle egrets around

Great egret & cattle egrets around

Lots of sighting of the great egret this week and some were cattle egret seen at the Scrape hide as well. This photo of a great egret perched in a tree was taken by Debra Flynn Ducks are pairing up with more teal around over the past week. Works continue at the Sand martin hide, re-building the nesting islands in front of the hide. Tues 28 Dec Arun Riverlife: 1 kingfisher, 1 great white egret Ramsar/Sand Martin hide: a pair of shelducks, 1 moorehen, 6 male and 3 female teal, 6 male and 4 female mallards, 1 little egret Scrape hide: 4 cattle egret Mon 27 Dec Scrape hide: 1 water rail in old Trumpeter Swan pen near entrance, 8 male and 4 female shoveler, 1 grey heron who then flew to Arun Riverlife, 1 snipe, 1 mandarin duck Wood loop: 13 blue tits, 3 chaffinches, 3 great tits, 1 water rail, and 2 pheasants Arun Riverlife: 3 pairs of pochard. Wet grassland: 2 Canada geese, 13 mallards, 1 great egret who then flew to Arun Riverlife, 1 moorhen Wetland Discovery: 2 cormorants Ramsar hide: a pair pf shelducks Reedbed: 1 marsh harrier 8.36 am flying from reedbed Sun 26 Dec Wetland Discovery: 4 coots, 2 blackbirds, 1 pheasant, 1 cormorants, 4 mallards, 1 moorhen, 1 green woodpecker. Sand martin hide: a pair of shelducks Sussex screen: 2 male and 1 female teal Lapwing hide: 2 male and one female teal Scrape hide: 10 male and 2 female shovelers, a pair of shelducks, a pair of tufted ducks Arun Riverlife: 1 great white egret, 1 little grebe Fri 24 Dec Ramsar hide: 2 teal, 2 shelducks Lapwing hide: a pair of shoveler Sand martin hide: 4 shelducks, 1 water rail Scrape hide: 6 Canada geese, a pair of shoveler, 7 greylag geese, 5 shelducks, 1 grey heron, a pair of gadwall, and 1 kingfisher Wood loop: 9 blue tits, 1 great tits, 1 water rail, 3 pheasants, 2 tree sparrows, 2 long tailed tits Arun Riverlife lagoon: 42 Canada geese, 4 shelducks, a pair of tufted ducks, 1 little grebe Thurs 23 Dec Reedbed: 2 pairs of mallards, 3 blue tits, 1 green woodpecker, and 1 great tit Reedbed hide: 1 redwing Arun riverlife: 3 little grebes Tundra pen on Tranquil Trail: 2 lapwings Sand martin hide: 13 teal (5 males and 1 female plus 7 which flew off), 2 male and 1 female shoveler, 1 great tit in nesting hole in hide Scrape hide: 3 male and 2 female wigeon, 5 male and 3 female teal, 2 male and 1 female shoveler, a pair of shelduck.

Bewick's swans in the valley

Bewick's swans in the valley

On our WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) this week on Mon 20 Dec volunteer Andrew saw two Bewick's swan on the Burpham loop. Shelducks were showing on Arun Riverlife, Scrape and Ramsar hides. Andrew also record 6 snipe at the Scrape hide. Tufties, gadwall and pochard were all recorded with some water rail ad cattle egrets too.Wed 22 Dec Scrape hide: a pair of shelduck, 24 greylag geese, and 6 male and 4 female wigeon. 13 male and 5 female mallards Arun Riverlife: 1 grey heron, 3 shelducks Tues 21 Dec Tranquil trail: 2 mistle thrush. 3 bullfinches, 1 water rail Wet grassland: 1 male and 2 female shoveler, 1 grey heron Tundra pen: 1 snipe Sand Martin hide: 2 male and 4 female shoveler, 5 male and 3 female teal Scrape hide: a pair of gadwall, a pair of shelducks, 62 greylag geese, 1 kingfisher Arun Riverlife: 127 Canada geese, 29 greylag geese, 6 shelduck, 12 tufted ducks Wood loop: 7 long-tailed tits, 1 water rail, 7 chaffinch, 4 goldfinches, 3 great tits Sun 19 Dec Arun Riverlife: 2 pochards Wetland Discovery: 1 moorhen, 7 mallards, 2 coots, 5 goldfinches, 2 blackbirds, 3 black-headed gulls, 2 long-tailed tits, 1 chaffinch Fri 18 Dec Lapwing hide: 1 little egret Ramsar hide: 1 water rail Scrape hide: 2 wigeon, 1 kingfisher Wetland Discovery: 1 merlin Thurs 16 Dec Ramsar hide: 1 water rail Scrape hide: 3 snipe, 29 Canada geese, 11 shelducks, 2 teal, and 7 greylag geese Wood loop: 2 coots, 7 blue tit, 1 great tit, 1 water rail, 1 chaffinch, 1 gold crest Arun Riverlife: 24 Canada geese, 12 greylag geese, 9 shelduck

Redwings, fieldfare and woodpeckers

Redwings, fieldfare and woodpeckers

There is a good mix of small birds on site currently in the hedgerows of the Tranquil trail with handfuls of field fare, redwings and some siskin spotted this week. The feeders at the Wood loop are also busy with chaffinch, nuthatches tits and more redwing and fieldfare. We’ve spotted Cetti’s, reed and sedge warblers on site as well. Stonechats are still around (like this female in the photo above by volunteer Andy Burns) and we’ve had the marsh harriers coming in as well. Easy chance to see herons and cormorants. Snip and Scrape hide and water rails all around. Lots of action still on the lagoon at the Scrape hide with good mix of ducks and geese there. Wildlife sightings Wed 15 Dec Scrape hide: 23 greylag geese, 17 Canada geese, 1 coot, 8 male and 5 female mallards, 3 male and 2 female shoveler, 3 male and 2 female shelducks, 2 wood pigeons Lapwing hide: a pair of stonechat, 1 pair of pheasants, 1 moorhen, 1 little egret, 1 red wing, 1 water rail, 1 sedge warbler, 4 cattle egrets Reed swamp exhibit: 1 song thrush Water fall exhibit – opposite: 2 water rails Long path: 1 coat tit, 1 kingfisher (at the crossroads) Entrance Reedbed: 1 grey heron Mon 13 Dec Tranquil Trail: 2 male and 1 female blackbirds, 2 redwings, 2 robins, 5 siskins Wetland Discovery: 1 grey wagtail Arun Riverlife: 8 shelducks, 1 grey heron, 3 pochards, 7 tufted ducks, and a pair of mute swans Sand martin hide: a pair of shelducks a water rail Wildlife garden 4 goldfinches Reedbed hide: a water rail Sun 12 Dec Wetland Discovery: 1 kingfisher, 7 male and 5 female mallards, 3 coots, a pair of gadwall, 1 water rail Arun riverlife lagoon: 2 male shoveler, 3 pairs of shelducks, a pair of gadwall, 2 pairs of pochards, 3 female tufted ducks, 1 little grebe, 1 grey heron Tranquil trail hedgerows: 3 male and 2 female blackbirds, 2 redwings, 1 Cetti’s warbler Scrape hide: 5 male and 4 female shoveler Reedbed hide: 1 reed warbler Pelican Cove: 1 pair of tufted ducks, 1 pair of gadwall Ramsar and Sand martin hide: 1 pair of shelducks, 5 teal, 2 male and 1 female shoveler Wood loop: 3 fieldfare, 5 redwing, 2 male and 1 female chaffinch, 1 water rail, 2 goldfinch Lapwing hide: 1 cormorant, 1 moorhen, 1 pheasant, 2 shoveler Sat 11 Dec Arun Riverlife: 1 grey heron, 24 Canada geese, 4 male and 3 female shelducks, 15 male and 7 female mallards, 11 coots, 5 moorhens, 13 black-headed gulls, 1 male and 8 female tufted ducks Lapwing hide: 1 little egret Scrape hide: 1 female tufted duck, 2 male and 1 female shoveler, a pair of shelducks, 12 Canada geese, 17 greylag geese Wetland Discovery: 1 kestrel, 1 grey heron, 1 male shoveler, 1 little egret, 1 cormorant Tranquil Trail: 1 green woodpecker, 2 goldfinches Sand martin hide: 1 grey wagtail Long path: 1 little grebe Reedbed: 1 marsh harrier at 15.50 Fri 10 Dec Tranquil trail: 1 stonechat, 1 pochard Ramsar hide; 1 lapwing Sand martin hide: 1 water rail Scrape hide: 3 snipe, a pair of shelducks, 1 great egret, 2 male shoveler and 1 female Arun Riverlife: 7 shelducks Wood loop: 18 mixed flock of redwings and fieldfare, 11 blue tits, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 2 moorhens, 1 dunnock, 1 nuthatch, 2 chaffinches, 1 water rail, 1 pheasant Arun Riverlife: 2 little grebes Reedbed: 2 marsh harrier around 2.30pm Thurs 9 Dec Wetland Discovery: 1 female goosander Reedbed: 2 blackbirds, 3 wrens, 2 goldfinches, 54 mallards, 1 moorhen, 4 blue tits, 10 long-tailed tits, 1 Cetti’s warbler, 2 woodpigeon.

Goosander, stonechats and barn owls

Goosander, stonechats and barn owls

The Arun lagoon project will be completed in the coming weeks and the Reserve team are cutting the Wet Grassland at the same time, with the aim of completing all works at that end of the reserve together. Coordinating these works should allow wintering wildfowl and waders to enjoy this area free from disturbance. Stonechats have been regular visitors to any available reed stem in the area, perusing the grassland for juicy worms! The team have worked hard on the entrance pond to push back the encroachment of reed and sedge, and increase the area of open water – much to the delight of a young Grey Heron appearing there. Marsh harriers continue to roost in the reedbed in good numbers, with the last survey showing eight individuals coming in to roost. Kingfishers are still showing well throughout the reserve. Redwings can be seen flitting about the hedgerows, taking advantage of any remaining berries. The young male Kestrel is enjoying all the cut areas, making it easy for him to hunt mice. The Barn Owl has gone back to using the Lapwing Hide- we are seeing fresh pellets every morning. At 3.45 pm on Wednesday we had a female goosander land on Arun Riverlife! Recent sightings Wed 8 Dec Scrape hide: 5 greylag geese, 2 Canada goose, 2 shelduck, 8 shoveler, 21 mallard, 1 grey heron, 2 pintails, 1 little grebe. Arun Riverlife: female goosander. Tues 7 Dec Ramsar hide: 25 black-headed gulls, 2 moorhens Sand martin hide: 4 mallards, 1 shelducks, 3 teal Scrape hide: 3 shoveler, 1 little grebe, 1 shelduck, 1 teal Willow screen: 2 mandarin, 1 teal Arun Riverlife: 1 black swan Mon 6 Dec Lapwing hide: 1 grey heron Sussex screen: a pair of teal, 1 kingfisher, 57 mallard (36 male, 21 female), 1 mandarin duck Scrape hide: 1 snipe, 3 Canada geese, a pair of shelduck, 3 shovelers, 1 gadwall, 54 greylag geese, 1 water rail. Arun Riverlife: great white egret, 2 little grebes, 1 black swan, a pair of mute swans Long path: 1 green woodpecker Woodloop: 1 water rail, 3 goldfinches Wetland Discovery: 1 water rail Tranquil trail: a pair of bullfinches, 2 goldfinches, 1 little egret Wet grassland: 3 stonechats, 24 snipe (pm) Reedbed: 1 marsh harrier Woodloop: sparrowhawk (pm) Sun 5 Dec Arun Riverlife: 2 pochards, 6 shelducks Scrape hide: 2 shoveler, 2 shelducks, 1 pin tail Sand Martin hide: 2 teal, 2 shelduck Wetland Discovery: 23 mallard, 1 moorhen, 3 coots, 1 wood pigeon, 2 chaffinches, 8 blackbird, 4 redwing, 1 bullfinch, 2 tufted ducks, 2 goldfinch, 1 black-headed girl, 1 peregrine.

Kestrel and Great white egret still around

Kestrel and Great white egret still around

Our favourite peregrine was posing nicely today one of our car park light poles today. Also still around site is the great white egret who has been popping up around different hides through the day. A black swan is still hanging around the site as well. Sat 27 NovArun Riverlife: 4 male teal &1 female, 8 tufted ducks, 1 Egyptian geese, 2 mute swan, 5 shelduck, 2 shoveler, 5 greylag geese, Canada geese 26 Reedbed hide: 1 grey heron Sussex Screen: 1 black swan, 60 mallards, 2 gadwall Arun Riverlife: 34 Black headed gulls, 12 mallards, 5 moorhens, 2 herring gulls. Fri 26 Nov Arun Riverlife: 3 shelduck, 2 pochards Scrape hide: 2 shelduck, 3 shoveler, 1 water rail, 1 kingfisher Wood Loop: 2 gold crest, 4 blackbird, 12 blue tit, 3 moorhen, 4 chaffinch, 1 pheasant, 2 great tit, 1 wood pigeon, 1 dunnock, 3 goldfinches Thurs 25 Nov Pelican cove: 1 pied wagtail, 3 tufted ducks, 2 gadwall Lapwing hide: 2 shoveler, 1 bullfinch Sussex Screen: 1 goldfinch, 50 mallard, 1 moorhen Reedbed hide: 1 grey heron Ramsar & Sand Martin hide: 1 water rail, 1 great white egret Reedbed: little grebe, 4 shelducks, 1 green woodpecker, 1 water rail Scrape hide: 2 shelducks, 1 teal, 3 shoveler, 2 gadwall, 13 mallards Arun Riverlife: 1 grey heron, 1 little egret Wed 24 Nov Lapwing hide: 4 teal Reedbed: 1 grey heron Arun Riverlife: 26 snipe, 1 black swan, 1 pochard, 5 shelducks, 1 great egret Scrape hide: 17 mallards, 2 shelducks, 2 wigeon, 1 grey heron, 2 teal, 1 water rail, 12 Canada geese, 2 gadwall, 1 snipe, and 6 shoveler Tues 23 Nov Wetland Discovery: 2 bullfinches Ramsar & Sand martin hide: 3 moorhen Scrape hide: 1 great white egret, 10 teal Wood Loop: 1 water rail Mon 22 Nov Lapwing hide: 2 snipe, 1 grey heron Sand Martin hide: 1 wren in the hide Ramsar & Sand martin hide: 6 wigeon, 1 snipe, 6 shoveler, 1 shelduck, and 1 pochard Scrape hide: 3 scrape, 2 wigeon, 1 great white egret, 8 teal, 19 shoveler, 2 shelduck, 5 gadwall Wetland Discovery: 1 kingfisher, 1 tufted ducks Bewick’s swan pen: 1 green woodpecker Wood Loop: 1 water rail Arun Riverlife: 1 grey wagtail

Egrets & herons enjoying project mud

Egrets & herons enjoying project mud

The water on the Arundel lagoon project has been drained down slowly, much to the delight of little, cattle and great white egrets who have been helping to de-fish the lake remnants!

Great egret still onsite this week

Great egret still onsite this week

A great egret has been onsite for the past week. The low water levels of the Arundel Lagoon project have lured the great egret to the Ramsar and sand martin hides during the day and it has been dropping into Arun Riverlife lagoon in the late afternoons. There are little egrets and up to four cattle egrets onsite currently as well. Our wardens do not survey the entire site daily, rather focus on specific area each day. This is a list of those sightings and other WWT staff sightings:Tues 2 Nov Ramsar hide: great egret, little egret, 4 cattle egret, 1 kingfisher, 1 coot, 2 gadwall, 1 mute swan, 6, black-headed gulls, 2 grey heron, 2 mallards Sand martin hide: 12 Canada Geese, 1 cattle egret, 2 moorhens, 1 coot, 5 mallards, Tundra pen: 1 green woodpecker Scrape hide: 2 snipe, 2 wigeon Pelican cove: 3 pochard Wetland Discovery: 1 kingfisherMon 1 NovScrape hide: 2 snipe, 2 kingfishers, 1 tealLapwing hide: 1 Cetti’s warbler. 3 gadwall, 2 mallards, 1 little egretArun Riverlife lagoon: great egret Long path: kestrel perching (midday)Sun 31 OctWetland Discovery: 13 mallards, 1 tufted duck, 1 green woodpecker, 1 coot, 1 pochardRamsar & sand martin hides: 5 teal, 2 cormorants, 1 great egret, 1 little egret, 1 little grebePelican Cove: 1 pochardScrape hide: 3 wigeonSat 30 OctWetland Discovery: 1 kestrel, 2 gadwallScrape hide: 10 shoveler, 3 teal, 9 gadwall, 1 wigeonArun Riverlife: 1 little grebe, 1 water rail, 1 cormorant, 2 mute swans, 18 Canada geese, 21 tufted ducks, 8 gadwall, 41 mallardsRamsar & Sand martin hides: 2 gadwall, 1 teal, 4 grey herons, 1 great egret, 1 little egret, 1 grey wagtailFr 29 OctWoodland Loop: 1 chaffinch, 1 blue tit, 2 wood pigeon, 2 moorhens, 1 great tit, 1 nuthatch, 1 wrenTundra pen: 1 green woodpeckerLapwing hide: 1 great egret, 5 gadwallReserve: 1 kesterel, 1 juvenile heronScrape hide: 1 kingfisher, 2 teal, 14 gadwall, 12 shoveler, 1 cormorant, 1 pochard, Ramsar & Sand martin g=hide: 9 little egrets, 1 grey herons, 1 great egret, 1 cormorant, 3 Canada geese, 2 Egyptian geese, 2 carrion crowArun Riverlife: 8 gadwall, 1 little grebe, 17 tufted ducksThurs 28 OctRamsar hide: 1 great egret, 2 cattle egrets, 3 cormorantsScrape hide: 4 gadwall, 1 great egret, 1 cormorant, 16 greylag, 2 grey heronsPelican Cove: 1 pochardWetland Discovery: 2 gadwallLapwing hide: 2 gadwallWoodland Loop: 1 long tailed tit, 1 wren, 1 mandarin duckReedbed boardwalk: 1 Cetti’s warblerSussex Screen: 2 gadwallReserve: green woodpeckerArun Riverlife: 15 tufted ducks, 63 Canada geeseLong path ditch: 1 water voleWed 26 OctSand martin hide: 1 cattle egret, 3 grey herons, 28 black-headed gulls, 2 cormorants, 2 gadwall, 2 mallards, 1 grey wagtail, 1 green sandpiperLong path: 1 green woodpeckerScrape hide: 1 snipe

Clouded yellows & migrant hawkers

Clouded yellows & migrant hawkers

With daytime temps still in the high teens, on sunny breaks we are seeing migrant hawker dragonflies and common darter dragonflies come out. Checking our Black Rabbit triangle area we spotted a pair of clouded yellow butterflies on Monday!The digger and pumps between the Ramsar and Sand martin hide are noisy some days but the exposed mud from the Arundel Lagoon project has attracted a green sandpiper and will likely bring in more birds in the mornings. You can read more on the project HERE.Good numbers of gadwall and shoveller onsite and green woodpeckers are n the old Tundra pen most afternoons, enjoying the access to ants the newly cropped vegetation gives them.Wed 20 Oct Sand Martin hide: 6 lapwing Scrape hide: 10 gadwall, 28 mallard, 2 coot, and 15 shoveler Old tundra pen: 1 green woodpeckers, Tues 19 Oct Insects: 2 clouded yellow butterflies, 6 migrant hawkers dragonflies, 4 common darter dragonflies Ramsar and Sand martin hides: 56 Canada geese, 2 Egyptian geese, 1 greylag, 3 moorhens, 2 lapwings, 1 grey herons, 1 yellow wagtail. Mon 18 Oct Old tundra pen: 2 green woodpeckers Lapwing hide: 2 reed warblers, 2 gadwall, 1 jay Ramsar hide: 2 grey herons, 1 little egret, 3 cormorants Sand martin hide: 1 lapwing Scrape hide: 1 kingfisher Sun 17 Oct Wetland Discovery area: 27 mallards, 6 black headed gulls, 4 coots, 1 gadwall, 1 moorhen, 5 tufted ducks, 1 robin, 2 pheasants Pelican Cove: 1 pochard Sand martin hide: 1 pintail, 1 green sandpiper Fri 15 Oct Arun Riverlife & Pelican cove: 22 mallards, 1 pochards, 1 little grebe, 5 Canada geese, 5 greylag geese, 5 tufted ducks, 26 coots, 2 gadwall Thurs 15 Oct Ramsar & Sand Martin hide: 2 cattle egrets, 15 shoveler, 2 snipe, 5 teal, 1 common sandpiper Pelican Cove: 1 pochard Arun Riverlife: 1 little grebe Scrap hide: 14 shoveler, 1 snipe Wood loop: 3 moorhen, 1 robin, 3 chaffinch, 6 blue tits, 1 wood pigeon, 4 mallards, 2 wrens, 1 nuthatch Wed 14 Oct Reedbed boardwalk: 10 long tailed tits, 4 blue tits, 1 sedge warbler, 2 reed warbler, 1 nuthatch, 1 robin, 2 wood pigeon, 1 kingfisher Willow screen: 31 mallard Reedbed hide: 1 green woodpecker Scrape hide: 1 wigeon, 1 kingfisher Ramsar & Sand martin: 2 lapwing, 2 snipe