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Forest mini-trip

No sooner had we started walking into the woods on a beautiful Sunday morning than a Goshawk appeared low over the canopy before disappearing. It was a large bird, making it a female. Another sighting soon followed — this time a male!

Goshawk. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Goshawk

We heard Siskins singing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, and soon came across Marsh Tits feeding in pairs as we walked the trails. We managed to hear the distant songs of Woodlark and Mistle Thrush, while getting decent views of some of the calling Goldcrests.


One thing in our favour was the beaming sunshine now hitting the branches and tempting Treecreepers, Nuthatches and Siskins into view as we retraced our steps.

Treecreeper. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Treecreeper

Raising the binoculars at a familiar shape high in the trees revealed that it was indeed a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker! We had a couple of minutes of viewing as the female bird picked over a few different trees and delivered its piercing 'kee-kee-kee' call.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Four Egyptian Geese, a Little Egret and an incubating Grey Heron in the trees on the far side kicked things off from the new hide by the visitor centre at Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

Little Egret. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Little Egret

Stopping at the first feeding station produced good views of a couple of Siskins and a Song Thrush.

Siskin. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Siskin
Song Thrush. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Song Thrush

We spent most of our time in the famous Woodpecker Hide, hearing a Water Rail and enjoying great views of the likes of a group of Reed Buntings, a male Greenfinch, and several Long-tailed Tits and Chaffinches. A female Great Spotted Woodpecker spent a while on the feeders on the left-hand side. A male Pheasant and a Wren both made use of a nice dust-bathing spot.

Great Spotted Woodpecker. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Long-tailed Tit. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Long-tailed Tit
Reed Buntings. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Reed Buntings
Wren. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Wren

A lakeside interlude produced nice views of a small group of Pochards and Tufted Ducks, as well as the pair of Great Crested Grebes.

Pochard. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Pochard
Chaffinch. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Chaffinch
Robin. Birding tours in Sussex with South Downs Wildlife.
Robin

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