Saturday, 11 April 2009

Pulborough Brooks RSPB & Old Winchester Hill NR

News broke of an Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) at Pulborough Brooks at 11.20am, I headed straight there and arrived on on site at c12.30pm soon found the bird feeding over the trees behind Nettley's hide. It showed fantastically well flying low over head, the white areas visible with the naked eye. A stunning bird, and my first ever views of one in flight.

Me and Ian then decided to go for the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) in Hampshire. On the way back to the car we met Paul and he said that he would drive if we contributed to the petrol. Sounded good! We arrived via Ian's lucky finger pointing at a map and managed to all see the bird. An absolutely stunning bird that eventually showed well preening and posing in nearby bushes. A very good end to an awesome day of birding.

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