I went out again today. It was cold but the sun was shining and there was a lot more activity. I headed over to the North Wall at Pagham again hoping to see a Turtle Dove I had been looking for the previous day. No luck with that but instead there was a Cuckoo sitting in the tree that I had been staking out.
I had a look at Church Norton but, with the tide in, there were few birds about. As it looked like rain I decided to return home via the Arundel Wetland Centre. There is a lot of landscaping taking place on the site so I did not expect to see much in the way of wild birds but at least if it rained there would be plenty of shelter in the hides.
As I walked through the reed bed a Cetti's warbler started up close by and I caught a glimpse of him in the tree.
|Cetti's hiding in the tree|
He disappeared as quickly as he had arrived but at least this time I had seen his face and managed to get a picture, where usually all I see is the back end as they disappear into the bush. Not expecting to see him again I started to move off when he called again this time even closer, and I found him sitting out in the open.
|Out in the Open|
|and staying for a few pictures|
For once there seemed to be quiet a lot going on at Arundel. Plenty of chicks but not all of them pretty.
|Looks more like an old man|
|but at least his mother still loves him|
Lots of Hirundines over the scrape but it only seems to be the Swallows that you see perched at this time of year. House Martins will give better picture opportunities when they flock before migrating and I don't think I have ever seen a Sand Martin other than in flight.
Lots of other birds about including this Common Tern. Not too bad a picture given that it was taken through a plastic window in the hide.
|Common Tern - not looking very happy in the heavy rain|