After spending all day Friday in West Sussex and yesterday a wash out it was good to get out this morning for a bit woodland birding in Orlestone Forest. Parking in Faggs Wood the fence was busy with Tits, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Chaffinches and Jays. Walking round the flooded tracks was hard work and very slippery. Away from the car park birds were thin on the ground, though 4 Bullfinches and a Common Buzzard were seen but no Crossbills.
Driving across the causeway 3 Great White Egrets could be seen on New Diggings. From Hanson 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Goldeneye were the only note worthy sightings on a now very full ARC Pit.
Round the car park bushes 6+ tree sparrows and a Chiffchaff.
At Scotney the feral Barnacle Geese along with several hundred Greylag Geese, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 2 Marsh Harriers.
At Midley the 2 Whooper Swans still in the Kale Field with the Mute Swans and several 100s of Fieldfare and Redwing and 9 Tree sparrows were in the bushes.