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Red-footed Falcon!

An average days birding turned out very differently with a twitch in West Sussex! Today Lori and I took Lori's work colleague, Sandra and her husband,Jono, out for a days birding at  Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve.

The birding was a little slow with only a few migrants clinging on in the bushes. On the  flats there were just a few waders showing including Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing. Best of all was a group of over 20 Snipe seen from Nettley's hide. Whilst walking around the reserve we bumped into one of the volunteers who informed us of a rare RED-FOOTED FALCON at Ivy Lake near Chichester. (20 minute drive). 

After the obligatory soup, cake and tea at the reserve cafe we headed on our first twitch for a while. On arrival at Ivy Lake there were already about 15 birders positioned opposite the small gravel pit where the bird was feeding of dragonflies.

One of the birders informed us that the bird had 'just flown' but not to worry, as it routinely took off on a sortie. After only about two minutes the bird returned and I was looking at my first British Red-footed Falcon!

We all enjoyed great looks and after about 15 minutes of ogling this beauty we headed for Pulborough, specifically the White Hart pub for a celebratory pint!


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