The weather is clearly continuing to slow up some migration but it does seem at least as though the shift in wind direction has forced more stuff down that would have otherwise cruised straight overhead in the finer, southerly-dominated conditions of a week or so ago. The biggest surprise recently was the Turtle Dove that flew low over Adder Alley towards Redstart Corner at 06:30 on Friday morning during an otherwise fairly quiet pre-work walk around. Needless to say a new addition to my Pulborough list. Let's hope the great work the RSPB has been doing to encourage this species persuades it to stick around. Waders of note on Friday were six Black-tailed Godwits and four Common Sandpipers on the North Brooks.
A couple of hours on Saturday morning produced my second new Pulborough bird in the form of a drake Pochard on the North Brooks. Quite a surprise to see given how much the water levels have dropped recently. A Hobby powering across in front of the Hanger was my first of the year while the best of the waders were a single Common Sandpiper and the long staying Avocet pair.
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