Monday, April 17, 2006


Having grown up on the South Coast, I always wanted to visit the centre of Arundel, with its Castle and Cathedral, together with its role as friendly venue for visiting international cricket teams. The weather was grey and overcast but there was a Common Buzzard scouting the hills behind the castle, showing very clearly. It soon started to rain, so we headed in to the WWT centre for a cup of tea, before touring the grounds.

Once inside, besides the captive birds, we saw a Grey Wagtail (a first) and managed a few snaps, this being the pick:

I find it tricky to know what is captive and what is free at the WWT centres so don’t count any wildfowl I see there. However being Spring, there were both Mallard and Coot with hatchlings (the Coots were such attentive parents):

And a Mute Swan checking all the eggs were indeed still there:

Finally back in to the visitor centre for another cuppa, from where we could see this pair of Yellow-legged Gulls (another first, UK total now 117):


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